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VFI Facilitates Access to Healthcare for People in Remote Areas

The Department of Education and Sports of Saravan Province, in collaboration with the Village Focus International (VFI), have reviewed the implementation work of the Village Education in Southern Laos (VESL) project.

The meeting was held last week under presidency of Head of the Department of Education and Sports of Saravan Province, Mr Silysak Thamomhak.

The meeting was attended by Head of VFI’s Protection and Empowerment of Women & Children (PEWC) program Ms Kongseng Sirivath, Head of the Upgrading Education Division Mr Visanh Somphong, and representatives from relevant sectors.

At the meeting, Head of VFI’s Green Learning Centre Mr Khamsavath Phonthavilay reviewed the implementation work of the VESL project over the last year as well as the plan for this year.

Last year, the VESL project promoted education within schools, held a vocational skills training courses for communities, and advertised for healthcare, dispensaries and nutrition.

The project also promotes villagers in agriculture and creates jobs for local people, improves the living conditions of people, and helps people living in bad condition or in need some help, especially people from the provinces of Khammuan, Xekong and Attapeu.

From 2015-2017, the project spent over US$1 million on its activities in the provinces of Saravan and Champassak.

Village Focus International was founded in August 2000 in the Lao PDR and began full field operations in January of 2001.

VFI operates four distinct projects in Saravan Province. VFI also works in close cooperation with the Global Association for People and the Environment in Champassak Province.

VFI focuses on building local (i.e. village, district, and organizational level) capacity through a program of non-formal education, leadership building, participation and local management.

To achieve these foundation objectives, VFI provides training and support related to health care, food security, community-based natural resource management, livelihood development and anti-trafficking in women and children, and provides direct support for the formal education sector.

VFI also strongly supports the participation and leadership of women in all of its project activities.

Source: Lao News Agency