#1 - President Obama is Going to Laos
President Obama will be the first U.S. President to visit Laos when he attends the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane next year. Legacies of War will work with our partners and supporters to make sure that the UXO issue gets adequately addressed during this historic visit.
#2 - U.S. Provides Funding High of $15M for UXO Sector in Laos
Increased funding means more bombs cleared and support for victims. But more remains, with nearly 80 million bombs still in Lao soil. Legacies of War participated and presented on the UXO issue in Laos at over ten conferences and celebrations this year, marking the 40th Anniversary of Southeast Asian refugees to the U.S. and 60th Anniversary of U.S.-Lao Relations, including (L-R) With Congresswoman Betty McCollum from Minnesota, Special Adviser to the U.S. President, Ben Rhodes, addressing the audience at the 60th Anniversary of Laos-US Diplomatic Relations in Washington, DC, Channapha Khamvongsa presenting at the
U.S. War College in Washington DC, and with fellow panelists and State Department officials.
This year, the issue of UXO in Laos also received some unprecedented media coverage, including front cover of the New York Times (International) and full-page in the domestic issue and feature stories in the National Geographic, The Guardian and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), expanding greater awareness on the issue and our advocacy efforts.
#3 - Community Awareness-Raising & Fundraisers
Legacies of War outreach and education this year included (Photo - Clockwise) the 40th Lao Symposium in Minnesota, Laos in the House in Philadelphia and Happy Hour socials in Washington, DC, and of course our annual workshop with the always fun and feisty youth at the Lao Heritage Foundation camp in Virginia.
Our FUNDRAISERS are always fun & purposeful, thanks to our AWESOME SUPPORTERS, who combine the perfect fusion of food, culture and knowledge. (Photo - clockwise) The 5th Annual Berkeley, CA Fundraiser, which included going from the garden to the street, with food, speakers, music and break dancing. On the East Coast, we held a Noodle Pop-Up fundraiser, thanks to the incredible support of Chef Deth and Chef Seng, at the renowned Thip Khao, the first Lao restaurant in DC.