An elementary school for Ban Sakmuang (Laos)

An aid project by A. Phayouphorn in Paksé, Laos

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(E) The amount needed for the construction of the main building and the library has been raised. Now we need your help for the furniture and equipment! Please have a look at the list of needs on the right side of the screen, you will see all the things still needed before we can open the school (which we hope to do this fall) - desks, chairs, blackboards, bookshelves, fans, etc. Just scroll down and choose something nice :-) In the name of the kids of Ban Sakmuang, thank you very much!
For more detailed information and updates, please visit our project blog which you can access via the main page by clicking on the green "news" tab above the pictures.

(F) La construction du bâtiment principal et de la bibliothèque a été financée. Maintenant nous avons besoin de votre aide pour les meubles et divers équipements! S'il vous plaît, jetez un coup d'oeil sur la liste des besoins qui se trouve sur le côté droit de l'écran. Vous découvrirez toutes les choses dont nous avons besoin avant de pouvoir ouvrir l'école (ce que nous espérons pouvoir faire cet automne) - bureaux, chaises, tableaux noirs, placards, étagères, ventilateurs, etc. Faites défiler la liste vers le bas et choisissez ce qui vous plaît :-) Un grand merci au nom des enfants de Ban Sakmuang!
Pour voir plus d'informations et rester au courant de l'évolution du projet, visitez notre blog de projet que vous trouvez en cliquant sur l'onglet vert "news" au-dessus des photos sur la page d'accueil.


The project crew/ l'équipe du projet

Tom Sayarattn (project initiator, Laos/France)
Chayphet Sayarath (architect, Laos/France)
Thao Phayphet (Laos/France)
Somphonsack Phayouphorn (architect, Switzerland/Laos)
Anna-Maria Phayouphorn (art historian, Germany/Switzerland/Laos)

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Location: Paksé, Laos

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  • the furniture for the library is done!

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  • the wood master's atelier

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  • the new (organic) fish pond which will be the source of the school kid's canteen food!

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  • from left to right: phit who makes the wooden furniture, a very nice teacher whose name i forgot, bounxou the village chief, another teacher, françois and béatrice. the village was mourning a highly venerated monk, hence the facial sadness...

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  • françois and béatrice of french association "double horizon". they donated the library, the beginnings of which is seen behind them :) we are immensly grateful for their help!

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  • shy boys

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  • better place compilation out on tamed music. all profits go to the sakmuang project!

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  • "khop chaiii!" thank you all!

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  • the water pump

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  • new classroom with old furniture...

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  • the new beauty :-)

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  • on their way to the new school

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  • Some of the kids in front of the old school

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  • benoît on the boat to sakmuang

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  • sabai dii! please help us finish the school... :-)

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  • girls lunch

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  • boys lunch

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  • men's lunch

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  • can you smell it? mhh...

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  • and then: lunchtime

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  • shoveling with style!

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  • and some small trucks, fortunately

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  • wheelbarrows made of bamboo and rice sacks

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  • work is hard - moving earth with improvised wheelbarrows

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  • the whole village is helping!

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  • trees had already grown big in almost nine years...

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  • taming the jungle

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  • somphonsack and ping with the generous owner of a construction company in paksé who kindly agreed to provide an important amout of building materials (right)

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  • the women of the village make a living with traditional weaving

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  • some of the village kids

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  • war souvenirs - the school bell

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  • a classroom

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  • the old school building, offered by the japanese government about 30 years ago. it is the only real school building in the area, but quite far away from the village center. classes are huge and the building is dark, dirty and decaying.

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  • the makeshift school which is intended to house the future village market.

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  • just next to the new school, there will be a fish pond which will provide meals for the children. see lingaparvata mountain (wat phu site) in the background!

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  • this is the place where the new library will be. no access for buffalos though

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  • the old concrete structure which had been begun about 8 years ago...

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  • this is how most of the village children get to their school, most of them barefoot. beware of leeches!

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  • we're off to see the old concrete structure - a 20 min walk through the rice fields

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  • and when the work was done - delicious tam som from fresh green papayas!

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  • informing, discussing, planning

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  • we were warmly welcomed by the village elders and authority

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  • crossing the mekong to ban sakmuang

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