Laos is one of the least developed countries in Southeast Asia. Although there has been a significant decline in poverty in the last decade, it remains a low-income food-deficit country. The government has placed a high priority on improving education and child nutrition but funding for these sectors, including primary education, has remained low. IRD has been working in Khammouane province since 2007 to expand educational opportunities for children, improve learning resources, develop school gardens and improve school facilities, and provide comprehensive pediatric eyecare.


Community-Based Solar Disinfection Program

Access to clean and safe drinking water is a huge challenge for much of the world’s... more

Preventing Loss of Sight in Laos

Laos had twice as many cases of childhood blindness as neighboring Thailand in 2... more

Safe Educational Opportunities Project

Khammouane province in central Laos had one of the lowest primary school complet... more

Success Stories

Giving a Gift of Wheelchairs Worldwide

For those of us who are able to move around easily, it is difficult to imagine w... more