‘They arrive with only the clothes they wear’
ONE hundred mattresses, mozzie nets and sleeping mats were given out last week to the young children at the Dee Kum Pa orphanage on the outskirts of Luang Prabang in the mountains of Northern Laos.
With funds from Douglas locals and friends who have continually supported fundraisers for the Lao orphans, and a donation from the Mossman Rotary, we were able to purchase needed bedding for the new children who had just been brought to the orphanage from remote rural villages by Lao Government officials, as well as replacement for younger children whose bedding had deteriorated.
The new children arrive with only the clothes they wear. We also distributed clothes donated by local friends, hundreds of pairs of new underwear, and bags of marbles.
Boxes of new baby and toddler clothes were taken to the new children’s hospital ‘Doctors Without Borders’ where treatment is free and where many walk for days to bring their children for care. We delivered 1000 pens donated by a resort in Port Douglas to the Suan Luang Orphange in a northern rural area, as well as donated pencils, rulers and stationery.
Unlike many of the orphanages in Cambodia, Lao Government orphanage schools are strictly controlled by the Government of the Peoples Democratic Republic of Laos.
So thanks to the many people here, we were able to make a difference in the lives of these small children.