JUWELIS Support in Laos
Peter and Noi's Children
JUWELIS supports a group of around 40 children and teenager between 4 and 25 who are led by Peter and Noi in Laos' capital, Vientiane. Some come from abusive drug addicted families, some were addicted themselves, some were abandoned by their parents and some came from orphanages. Peter and his wife Noi do an amazing job. Beside raising their own children, they open their home for the children to bring them on the right track. They build up their self-esteem and confidence by teaching them extra-curricular activities in soccer and other sports. They provide them an atmosphere for them to be able to manage their lives in a positive manner and teach them to grow up to be responsible adults with professional careers.
We were impressed by the result. The young people were extremely well mannered, doing great at school. Some even attend an engineering school. JUWELIS sponsored a monetary contribution and gifts which brought huge smiles into their faces.
One of JUWELIS Human Care project is implementing a business together with the young group to create sustainable income and become independent from donations.
See more detailed information on the JUWELIS Human Care Association Website.
Woman in Laos
Soap - a rare commodidity in Laos rural areas.
Our JUWELIS Human Care team from Europe, USA and Indochina visited the American NGO "Soap 4 Life" which has its activities in Laos.
Soap 4 Life was established by husband and wife team Mac Maness and his Laotian wife La Vaiyakone. The Purpose for soap 4 life is to promote and develop health and economic opportunities through teaching women in Rural and impoverished communities in Laos the basic concept of soap making and selling the soap to provide a sustainable income for the families of these ladies.The production of soap and its related products such as washing powder for clothes cleaning promotes hygiene in remote areas where communities normally don’t have soap for washing.
Soap 4 life go into deep remote locations and choose a handful of motivated women after interviewing them for suitability the women would be invited to Vientiane at the home of the founders to go through a 5 day course which covers areas such as hygiene, vocational training and basic business skills as well as well as selected tourist shops. There are currently around 200 women around the country that are proficient in producing good quality grade soap. Soap 4 life are focused on community development and not on commercial business.
The Lady La Vaiyakone who is the driving force behind the training and initiative is someone who can be seen as an example of women empowerment as she started from poor beginnings and has made a successful venture from training rural women on soap making. The JUWELIS team was very impressed with the setup and structure as it fits in line with JUWELIS philosophies and is committed to work with soap 4 Life in the coming future.