December 2015 Newsletter – Our Top Five Awesome Memories from 2015

Posted: Dec 30, 2015




Our Top Five Awesome Memories from 2015 



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#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.



#4  – Our Incredible Partners


Legacies of War is so grateful to our partners, who provide on-the-ground support to the UXO sector in Laos (Photo – Clockwise) We presented awards to Thoummy and Manixia in Xieng Khoang, joined by our UXO sector partners. We accepted an award from Friends Without a Border at their annual fundraiser in New York City. We joined World Education to honor Connie Woodbury, a longtime friend and advocate for Laos and the UXO issue. We also joined our partners, ArtXchange and the Highline Community College, for events held about the UXO issues in Laos.




#5 – New Tradition, Collaboration & High Impact Philanthropy


Our year ended with an incredible evening of purpose, creativity and impact, thanks to our partners, ModaBox, Article22, Khe-Yo and Insurgo in New York City. “Fashion Meets Philanthropy” was attended by nearly 300 guests from 15 states and raised over $25,000 to support Legacies of War’s education and communications

programs in 2016. The evening included a fashion show, music and poetry performances, Lao food, vendors and live and silent auctions.The evening concluded with several rounds of lumvong. Fun was had by all! We hope to make this an annual  tradition!



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