The Australian Ambassador to the Lao PDR Jean-Bernard Carrasco, travelled to Sanamxay district, Attapeu Province last month to meet local government officials and view new activities funded by the Australian government to support the recovery of people affected by the flooding disaster.
The Australian government is proud to be cooperating with the government of the Lao PDR and other development partners to continue to support the people of Attapeu, said Ambassador Carrasco. There are still huge challenges to face including in unexploded ordinance (UXO), education, food security and protection of vulnerable groups.
The Australian government’s support is being delivered through UN partners and International NGOs in close coordination with the Lao government to respond to these important needs. The new assistance package includes funding for five UXO clearance teams in Sanamxay to prepare land for building new houses, and funding to establish Child Friendly Spaces and Temporary Learning Centers so that children can continue their education and access psychosocial support.
Around 300 children are using the Child Friendly Spaces every day, said Ambassador Carrasco, and it was great to see them able to have fun and continue to learn in a place where they can feel safe and supported.
The Australian government is also supporting nutrition screening and supplements for children under five.
While in Sanamxay, Ambassador Carrasco visited a number of education and nutrition activities, and also spoke with displaced families who continue to benefit from hundreds of tents and kitchen and hygiene supplies provided by Australia in the immediate wake of the floods.
Australia’s emergency humanitarian relief supplies were provided to Sanamxay days after the dam collapse. These supplies included family tents, community tents, kitchen kits, dignity kits for women and girls, birthing and tool kits, mosquito nets, solar lights, water purification tabs, blankets, and sleeping mats.
Source: Lao News Agency