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J913N Disability Support Services in Laos.

Laos, Asia

Project Description

The Quality of Life Association (QLA) provides a range of support services to UXO survivors, people with disabilities (PWD) and impoverished people living in communities affected by unexploded ordnance (UXO).  Laos is the most bombed country per capita on earth, with an estimated 80 million items of unexploded ordnance lying around, impacting on lives and livelihoods and posing an ongoing threat.  UXO contamination prevents use of land for food production and livelihood purposes, which contributes to poverty.

QLA operates in Xieng Khouang Province, which is the second most heavily UXO impacted province in the country and the fourth poorest.  Established in 2011, QLA’s operational team and its Board of Directors are made up of Lao nationals, 8 of whom are UXO survivors.  QLA is Lao people helping Lao people.

Project goals:

  • Support education and mobility of UXO survivors and PWD.
    Provide financial assistance for education costs for 129 UXO survivors, people with disabilities or family members from impoverished families, as a basis for further study, employment, future income generation and empowerment. Provide a bicycle to 10 students in rural areas to facilitate travel to school.
  • Improve community living and inclusion.
    Provide disability accessible toilet facilities for 10 UXO survivors and PWD for their increased independence, better daily functioning and quality of life. Subject to their accessibility requirements, one toilet facility will be installed at or next to the home of each beneficiary.
  • Improve health of UXO survivors and PWD.
    Provide financial assistance for access to medical or rehabilitative treatment or service for 10 UXO survivors or PWD residing in Xieng Khouang province. Many of these people have delayed treatment or not sought treatment due to inability to meet the costs of transportation from their rural village to the provincial capital or to Vientiane and the cost of the treatment itself.  The recipients will have access to a medical or rehabilitative treatment/service that they would not otherwise have been able to access and will benefit from having received the treatment/service.

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