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Save the Children International Laos

Mission Statement

Save the Children fights for Children’s Rights. We deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives worldwide.

Programme Description


There are more children living in poverty now than any time in history. Each year 12 million children under five die from easily preventable diseases. A World Health Organisation report has concluded that about 20 percent of women and 5-10 percent of men have suffered sexual abuse as children.


Worldwide, approximately 115 million children not attend school. These are some of the many reasons why Save the Children, the World's largest independent movement for children, still needs to work in over 120 countries around the world. There are two Save the Children members working in the Lao PDR: Save the Children Australia and Save the Children Norway. Our objectives and goals are to ensure that children have access to quality basic education and primary health care,  that they are protected from all forms of abuse and enjoy their rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


SCA has been in implementing programs in the Lao PDR for 20 years, focusing on building community resilience through livelihood initiatives implemented mainly in the north of the country. Livelihood initiatives are underpinned by a focus on youth empowerment and child protection, supported by program initiatives in health and education. SCA targets the most poor and vulnerable groups within its target communities, specifically focused on the rights of women and children. Strong relationships with government have been established with key partners including the departments of Health, Education, Agriculture and Justice as well as the Lao Women’s Union (LWU) and the Lao Youth Union (LYU). Program initiatives operate at all government levels, recognizing the importance of provincial and district engagement in the Lao context to support the process of decentralized authority and budget disbursement.


Contact Details

Address: Rue Nerhu, Unit 25 Ban Phonexay, Xaysetha District, Vientiane, Lao PD, Lao PDR P.O Box 7475
Telephone: +856 (021) 454201, 285243
Fax: N/A
Contact Person: Vic Tan, Interim Country Director
Other Contact: ,

General Information

Number of Local Staff: 71->110
Number of Expatriate Staff: 6->10
Average Annual Budget: 6000000 USD
In Lao PDR Since: 1988
Country of Origin:


Bolikhamxay Province

Address: Bolikhamxay Province
Phone: 054280129
Fax: 054280129
Contact: Mr. Vanhbouasy Phommachanh Education Programme Manager

Luang Prabang Province

Address: Luangprabang Luang Prabang Province
Phone: (856) (071) 260647
Fax: (856) (071) 260648
Contact: Mary Dunbar Health Program Director

Xayaboury Province

Address: Xayabury Xayaboury Province
Phone: (856) (074) 26 00 11
Contact: Ms. Soukmalay Vanisavet Field Manager


There are no networks specified


Lao Women`s Union (LWU)
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW)
National Commission for Mothers and Children (NCMC)
National Disaster Management Office, MLSW (NDMO)
Provincial Department of Education
Provincial Department of Health
Provincial Education Services
Provincial LWU Offices
Provincial MOLSW Offices

Projects and Sector of Activities

Title Description Provinces/Districts Sectors/Sub-sectors
Child Protection

Start Date: Jun 1st 2010
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District Risk Education for Children in Sayaboury (DREC)

Start Date: Jul 1st 2007
Disaster Risk Education for Children (DREC) aims to contribute to a reduction in vulnerability in target communities in Sayaboury District. DREC will ...
- Education
Establishing Disaster Information Systems (EDIS)

Start Date: Jul 1st 2007
The Establishing Disaster Information Systems (EDIS) short term activity is intended to assist the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) ...
- Data Collection & Analysis
Luang Prabang Primary Health Care Project including WASH

Start Date: Feb 1st 2010
    The three year project focuses on improving services and water supply in Pak Ou, Nam Bak and Nan districts of Luang Prabang ...
Luang Prabang
Sayaboury Integrated Hazard Mitigation Project (SIHMP)

Start Date: Jun 1st 2007
The Sayaboury Integrated Hazard Mitigation Project (SIHMP) aims to reduce vulnerability and build resilience in communities in Sayaboury Province ...
- Emergency and Humanitarian Relief
Sayaboury Primary Health Care Project

Start Date: Mar 31st 2010
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Luang Prabang
- Health Care
School Quality Improvement Program

Start Date: Jan 1st 2009
School Quality Improvement Program (SCN/SCA Joint implementation)Goal:  To fulfil children’s right to pre- and primary education by ...
Luang Prabang
- Education
Student Scholarship

Start Date: Sep 1st 2009
Minority Ethnic student scholarship. The scholarship will be provided for 12 students from 10 target villages of RCPR project to continue their ...
- Human Resources Development
Women Livelihood Creation (WLC)

Start Date: Jul 1st 2008
Women’s Livelihood Creation (WLC) Project phase II is the second phase of a project formerly known as the Minority Women’s Livelihood ...
- Income Generation & Economic Development