Total donated in Laos: $108,406
Partner since: 2011
"I enjoyed visiting the school in Laos that Grand Circle sponsors. We were each paired off with a five- or six-year-old child. They were very motivated and high-spirited. The improvements Grand Circle made for the school were appreciated and much needed. It made us appreciate what we have."
St. Louis, Missouri
Tin Keo School
Just outside the Tin Keo Village—which hosts OAT travelers for their Day in the Life experience in Laos—Tin Keo School is a new partner of Grand Circle Foundation. Although the school building has three classrooms, only one is used for the 36 elementary students it serves, because there is only one teacher. The students are a mix of Lao-Loom (or lowland Lao) people from Tin Keo Village and Hmong hill tribe members from a neighboring village, and most of their parents are rice, banana, or corn farmers or weavers.
Foundation support is initially focusing on the physical needs of the school. In the first half of 2012, Foundation provided funds to install power and fans in the classrooms, and OAT associates pitched in to help repaint the school during a day of community service. Next, we'll build two toilets for the school and another two for Tin Keo Village.
Because Tin Keo School receives limited financial assistance from the Lao government, the Foundation looks forward to lending much-needed support to its students in our new partnership.
School in session:
Tin Keo Village school is open January 2-May 25 and September 1-December 24.
Gifts to bring if you're visiting:
- Coloring books
- English-language books for early readers
- Pencils and erasers
- Colored pencils or markers