Situation in Laos
6,586,266 (July 2012 estimate)
Lao 55%, Khmou 11%, Hmong 8%, other/over 100 ethnic minority groups 26% (census 2005)
Buddhist 67%, Christian 1,5%, other and unspecified 31,5% (census 2005)
Lao (official), various ethnic languages
Life Expectancy at Birth
57,77 deaths/1,000 live births
Population Access to Safe Water
Population Access to Sanitation
2,23 billion kWh
GDP per capita
USD 2,700 (2011 estimate)
country comparison to the world: 175 (out of 226)
Consumer Price Index (annual % change) = Inflation
Agriculture: 75,1%, Industry/Services: n.a. (2010 estimate)
Human Development Index
138 out of 187 in 2011
How we help
- We build new schools or renovate existing ones in remote areas. We provide stationery and teaching materials for those schools that are well managed.
- We build boarding houses for students from remote communities to enable them to attend school. We plan to establish school farms for these students as well.
- Laos has high class repetition and drop-out rates. Some students from ethnic minorities have language problems and cannot speak Laotian when entering school. We help them by supporting pre-school programmes preparing children for Laotian primary school.
- Many schools in Laos do not have toilets or clean water. We build toilets at schools and water systems providing safe drinking water for schools and communities.
- Gross enrolment rate at lower secondary schools is 60% and at upper secondary schools it is only 34%. We provide scholarships for high school students from poor backgrounds who have high motivation to study and have good grades.
- We provide a limited number of university scholarships for academically strong students from the three provinces we work in to study on undergraduate level within Laos.
- We provide teacher training in physics and chemistry. We provide university scholarships for a small number of science teachers on graduate level.