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Project information

The LEOT Training School in Luang Prabang

To build a Vocational Training School in Luang Prabang Northern Laos to educate and train the many unemployed young adults. The project is for young men and women with limited schooling to give them the skills to obtain a job as a bike mechanic or seamstress.

One Year to build and open

Charity information: Lao Educational Opportunities Trust

Lao Educational Opportunities Trust logo
  • Need


    Laos is a very poor Country where many families still live in the countryside as subsistence farmers and fisherman. The population is growing and half of the people are under 21. Basic education has to be paid for any many large families simply cannot afford to educate their children.
    Towns like Luang Prabang are growing because of tourism. Many families are moving with the hope of education and better prospects for their children.
    Learning a skill will help them get a job and escape poverty.


    The project is focused on helping boys and girls.
    It will give the basic three educational skills of reading, writing and arithmetic.
    It will train them to be a bike or motorbike mechanic or as a seamstress.
    With the help of our team they will find jobs at the completion of a years training or with the provision of micro loans we will help others set up a small business.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give disadvantaged and unemployed young adults the skills to earn a living


    » Basic education to develop reading, writing and arithmetic skills
    » Training the basic skills to become bike and motorbike mechanics
    » Training the basic skills to become a seamstress

    What success will look like

    The students will attend school daily for two sessions. The first for schooling and the second for skills training. Success will be measured by assessment and regular attendance.

  • Impact


    The long term goals are to raise students self esteem in their own skills and value. To build a good work ethic in themselves and enable them to work with others.

    Our ultimate success will be in helping our students find a job or enabling them through a micro loan to start their own small business.

    Ultimate success will be for them to achieve long term employment


    Laos is a developing Country with many of the risks of corruption and the low level of education for much of the population.
    As a development project it has the risk of understanding risk and opportunity.
    LEOT was founded specifically to help the disadvantaged students in Laos. It will be ten years old in July and is experienced in dealing with its local community. The LEOT School is nearly four years old and has successfully grown over the years. In September it will help 250 students.


    We will report by email, social media and our web page. We are also a registered UK Charity.
    Donors are welcome to visit our projects and volunteer to help us.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £127,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Building Land & Building
      £10,000 Salaries Staff year 1
      £9,000 Equipment Training Equipment
      £8,000 Running Premises and Operating Costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trustees £100,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in Luang Prabang Northern Laos. It is a poor Country of nearly 7 million people. It is about the same area as the UK and is mountainous with large rivers.
    Its population is diverse with nearly 50 ethnic groups although most are from 3 groups
    Most of the Country is very rural with very low incomes, high child mortality, poor education and health system. Many are subsistence farmers and fishermen. It was severely effected by the Vietnam War and is a single party state.


    Young young men and women from disadvantaged families in the town and local villages will benefit directly.
    When these youngsters complete their training and find jobs a considerable benefit will go to their wider families as bread winners in Lao traditionally give to all.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LEOT is a grass roots charity and has been working in Laos for ten years firstly granting educational scholarships. We have built the LEOT School and have run it successfully for four years ad in that time have assisted over 500 disadvantaged students.
    The new training school will be built near our existing school.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter Banwell- Director

    Peter is a retired business man from the UK. He has been a Trustee of LEOT since 2009. He spends 5 month a year working at the LEOT School.

    Bounniew Sommsak- Project Manager

    Niew is the Assistant to the LEOT School Director. He was one of LEOT's first Scholarship Students and has been a staff member since 2012.

    Thalavanah Vongsonephet- Homeland Director

    He is a graduate of the National University of Laos, also works for Agoda. He will be liaise with the Laos Provincial Government.