Small Steps Project is delighted to announce that we are working with leading NGO Friends-International on their dump project in Vientiane, Laos. Friends-International work with marginalised youth and their families and was voted one of the top 100 NGOs in the world.
One of their many provisions across South East Asia includes the Friends-International Laos PDR programme – Peuan Mit, which together with Laos PDR Ministry of Social Welfare provides support to marginalised youth and their families all over Laos.
One of their programmes: The Mobile School Outreach, which has been running for several years, visits the dump one morning a week. Not only does the bus turn into a mobile school but the FI Outreach team provide education, first aid, sexual health education, life skills and play.
Small Steps Project was so impressed with our recent site visit that we have committed to funding the existing project and helping the Peuan Mit Dump Outreach programme to develop so that the team are able to do their fantastic work more frequently.
Wherever possible if an existing NGO is already working on a dump and has the same objectives, SSP always endeavours to collaborate rather than duplicate. We do this by identifying the gaps and helping with steps to enable them to reach their greatest potential.
That is why it is so important for us to raise as much funds as we can in this year’s auction, so that together with Friends-International, we can provide help to the children on the dump every day and break the cycle of scavenging they are trapped in.
We will of course be providing all the children with shoes too!
So, the more funds that are raised the more care that can be provided to the children on the Laos dump, and…if everyone is very generous, ideally we would like to be able to fund a drop in centre for the dump community which would provide a safe alternative place for the children on the dump.