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How can you help?

will pay for the development of story books for literacy training

will buy literacy training tools for for 10 teachers i.e a Teachers course book, small blackboards and chalk

will pay for the training and monthly support for one volunteer teacher, to deliver literacy trainings over 12 months

will pay for the training and monthly support for five support teachers across 5 villages to assist and support the volunteer teachers to deliver training

will buy 160 supplementary reading books

will buy solar panels for one rural school for evening literacy classes

will pay for 50 literacy training classes in each of the 10 target villages


Laos_Annual Appeal

Improved Learning for Ethnic Minorities to Advance Development (ILEAD) project

Syha's story 

“We don’t know how to do anything except work on the farm. I did not have a chance to attend school at all, and so life as an illiterate person is really hard, especially when it comes to trading, and remembering the date or time. I do not even know what day or time it is today. I don’t even remember my birthday or my children’s because I did not know how to write or record the date when they were born and over time I forgot everything.”

As Syha does not know how to read or write, she rarely attends any activities in the village. Syha: “All of my learning is through listening or seeing things and trying to remember as much as I can…”

“Learning how to read and write will change my life. Everything will be better…” 

Racha, her neighbour says: "I believe my life will become better if I could only read and write. I can teach my children. My husband could make a shop for me to sell our produce in the village and earn some money for the family.” 


Laos - Houn District, Oudomxay Province, Lao PDR


Laos is the second poorest country in SE Asia, Oudomxay Province is the second poorest province in Laos. 
Literacy rates in the region are estimated to be around 30%, with females significantly lower that that of males.

Women in rural parts of Laos are the primary household laborers, and at a young age, they are required to fetch water, prepare food, clean the house, take part in agricultural activities. This leaves little to no time for much else, as such literacy rates amongst women are much higher. It is not just the ability to read and write in itself that is a factor, but the confidence and respect that comes with literacy.

As women are occupied with household and agricultural chores during the day, literacy classes will need to be conducted in the evening to ensure that the trainings do not interfere with upland agriculture activities and household chores.


The ILEAD project aims to “increase women’s literacy rates in target villages in Houn District, Oudomxay, Laos. The primary beneficiaries of the I LEAD project will be teenage rural ethnic minority women of reproductive age in upland communities in Houn District, Oudomxay Province (approximately 150 women).

An integral part of the project approach is to provide vital light source to schools without access to a reliable electricity supply. This investment will ensure that literacy trainings can be conducted in the evenings, wallowing teenage girls and women to attend the classes after they have completed household and agricultural chores. 

The project will work closely with the Lao Women’s Union (LWU), which is the primary government body focused on the empowerment of women in Laos.  In addition, ADRA will partner with the District Education department, which is the guiding line-ministry for non-formal education services in Laos.


These objectives will be achieved by delivering the following main activities: 

1. The project will provide small-scale solar panels to the village schools to ensure that there is enough lighting to implement the evening literacy trainings.

2. The project will provide a Training of Trainers (ToT) course to selected village volunteer teachers and village level schoolteachers, who will then lead out in the literacy trainings at the village level.

3. The project will support the trained ToT’s to deliver 200 literacy trainings to teenage girls and women in the target communities. 

4. The project will produce a collection of the women’s short stories and a video ‘The Dreams of Khamu Women. It will give the women a voice to express their dreams and aspirations for the future and thus by implication the changes they would like to see.  

5. The project will distribute appropriate reading books that can be shared in the community, to ensure that people can continue to practice literacy.


This project is funded by ADRA-UK.

This project started on the 1st of February 2015 and will finish on the 31st of January 2016.