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Shanti Volunteer Association

Mission Statement

Our Mission

We aspire to build a society in which the people of the world are able to live together and learntogether in peace (shanti), respecting human dignity and diversity.

Our Vision

We seek to become an NGO that works alongside individuals, and empowers them to think criticallyand creatively in finding solutions for both personal and societal issues/problems.

Our Values

1. To share the pain, sorrows and joys of those we serve by walking alongside them and movingforward, hand in hand.

2. To respect each region's traditional cultures, peoples, religions, and languages/dialects.

3. To embrace "development" directed and sustained by the local community.

4. To act as a catalyst for social development and interconnection.

Programme Description

SVA aims to enable children and youth to have opportunity, capability and pride to select their future by themselves by creating appropriate educational environments for children who are future custodians of our societies. The target is children, youth and concerning adults in the target area, and the Lao counterparts are Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Information and Culture, and National Library. SVA has been active in Lao since 1992. The expected outcomes are increased opportunity of reading and participation to society of children and youth, and increased quality of primary education. SVA has implemented various projects related to education and culture field such as belows.

Contact Details

Address: Naxangweuy Village Luangprabang, Lao PDR P.O Box 945(LPQ), 4561 (VTE)
Telephone: +856 (071) 253738 (LPQ), (021) 454946 (VTE)
Fax: +856 (071) 254079
Contact Person: Kiyotaka Tamari ( MR ), Country Director
Other Contact: Chansamone THAMMAVONG (MS), Administration staff

General Information

Number of Local Staff: 11->20
Number of Expatriate Staff: 1->5
Average Annual Budget: 330 USD
In Lao PDR Since: 1992
Country of Origin: Japan


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Projects and Sector of Activities

Title Description Provinces/Districts Sectors/Sub-sectors
Improvement of Multi-Grade class management

Start Date: Jul 1st 2014
In Northern part of Laos, the rate of multi-grade classes where one teacher teach 2 grades or 3 grades in one classroom is over 30 percent. ...
Luang Namtha
Luang Prabang
National Level
- Education
Mobile Library

Start Date: Jan 1st 2005
Children do not have chances to read because there are no libraries or reading corners in schools in remote area. Therefore, we have conducted ...
Luang Prabang
- Education
Publication of picture books

Start Date: Jan 1st 1993
There were only few books published every year and insufficient writers, illustrators and editors. We have selected folktales and created our own ...
Luang Prabang
National Level
Vientiane Municipality
- Education
School Construction

Start Date: Jan 1st 1993
There are many primary schools whose conditions are poor and inappropriate for students in Laos. Therefore, we have been constructing primary ...
Luang Prabang
- Community Development
- Education