Muang Sing, Laos. May 20th – 23rd, 2010
|Name||Butterfly Children Development Center and School, Muang Sing, Laos|
|Aim||Support them with education / scholarships, and pediactric healthcare|
|Staff||Bryan Watts and Leila Srour|
|People reached||300 primary school children|
Butterfly Children’s Development Center
PO Box 10
|Donation||donations in kind + 300 USD (439 USD)|
Laos has deserved its reputation of the most laid-back country in southern Asia. People seem to be happy sipping on a pint of beerlao watching the tourists stroll by.
At four pm about twenty children gather around the porch, eagerly awaiting the daily activities at the Butterfly Center. At first, we don’t know how to handle them, having no common language and hesitantly trying to signal them our intentions. The children did understand what we wanted them to do quicker than we had expected, and soon they were tossing the soccer ball back and forth. We teach them different games enhancing their social skills, their self-confidence, and their sense of community. Seriously? Of course, they are just for fun! And we all have fun. Inspired by the lovely children, we cook dinner that night, and enjoy a movie together.
The next day we combine the exciting with the useful on a beautiful trip to the local market, and several hardware stores where we buy stationary, toys, and tools for the Development Center. We prepare for the four pm meeting and again, we have a great time with the children. We stay a few days with Bryan and Leila, and we have a great time. If you are ever in Laos and good with children or willing to make a meaningful contribution, their place is highly recommended.
Over dinner with a befriended German couple, we learn about the difficulties that ngo’s face in Laos, and most of those difficulties are caused by the fact that operational goals are being determined from behind overseas office desks. Adorned with non-profit buzzwords like “capacity building”, “gender”, and “economic improvement” they impose certain strategies upon the Lao countryside that might have been successful elsewhere, yet here only manage to bury tax payer’s millions.