The Hope Fund for Laos

Two-year old Kayeng Yang was severely injured in January during an explosion from a fire that the family built to keep warm. (Photo: World Education, with permission from the family)

Legacies of War and World Education have teamed up to establish the Hope Fund, a new way to bring healing and transformation to the people and communities in Laos affected by the wreckage of war. Our partnership reflects the complementary work being done in Laos and the United States to end the UXO legacy. By contributing to the Hope Fund, you will support a lasting improvement in the lives of UXO survivors in Laos. Your donation will provide direct assistance for survivors, and also support programs in the U.S. to educate and mobilize the public to advocate for increased U.S. funding for clearance, risk education and victim assistance in Laos. All donations to the Hope Fund will be split evenly between the two organizations. Here are some examples of what your donation to the Hope Fund can provide:*
  • $50 will provide a basic set of annual educational supplies (one uniform, textbooks, notebook, notebooks, and pens) for a UXO survivor in Laos, and help teach a new generation about the UXO issue by sending the Legacies of War curriculum to a classroom in the U.S.
  • $100 will purchase 10 breeding chickens for UXO survivors in Laos, and ensure messages of healing and hope are shared with new audiences by allowing Legacies of War to do a community presentation or panel discussion.
  • $200 will support a child UXO survivor’s return to primary school (including a backpack, two uniforms, shoes, and a bicycle), and help highlight the long-term impact of war by enabling Legacies of War to collect and showcase five stories for “Our Shared Journey”.
  • $1,000 will cover the cost for a UXO survivor to attend college in Xiengkhouang for one year, and make it possible to conduct broader community outreach by supporting Legacies of War’s participation in a community event.
  • $2,000 will cover the cost of a UXO survivor to attend college in Vientiane for one year, and contribute to increased knowledge and support among policymakers about the need to fund the clearance of bombs from Laos and assist victims by enabling Legacies of War to maintain its office and presence in Washington, D.C.

World Education

Since 1995, World Education has been working on the ground in Laos to assist UXO-affected communities through the War Victims Assistance Project. The project works on upgrading the medical, surgical, and emergency services of district and provincial health facilities so that injured individuals have a greater chance of survival and full rehabilitation. UXO victims receive small cash assistance to help them restart livelihood activities after their rehabilitation. For more information about World Education activities in Laos, visit http://www.laos.worlded.org/

Legacies of War

Legacies of War has been working in the United States since 2004 to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs, to provide space for healing the wounds of war, and to create greater hope for a future of peace. The organization uses art, culture, education, community organizing and dialogue to bring people together and create healing and transformation out of the wreckage of war. To learn more about Legacies of War programs, visit http://legaciesofwar.org/programs/ * Please note that the donation amounts and corresponding categories are representative of what the Hope Fund can provide. We promise to honor your generosity and use your gift where it can do the most good.