PM Urges Empowering Disadvantaged Children

(KPL) Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has urged Party and government organisations, international organizations, mass organizations, business community and people of all ethnic groups to increase contribution to the development of SOS Children’s Villages and work side by side with the villages to help disadvantaged children in the Lao PDR.

The premier urged relevant sectors to make sure that disadvantaged children are not abandoned, but enabled to live and grow in a warm family with love and security, get access to quality education and grow up healthily thus becoming a significant driving force of the national development in the current time and in the future.

Addressing the celebration of the 25th anniversary of SOS Children’s Villages Laos (Feb 26, 1993-2018) at National Convention Centre in Vientiane on Feb 24, Prime Minister and also Honourable President of SOS Children’s Villages Laos Management Committee urged officials at SOS Children’s Villages to make greater physical and mental efforts in taking care of disadvantaged children and ensure they grow up qualitatively.

He also encouraged the children studying and residing at SOS Children’s Villages across the country to attach importance to their education and development to ensure they are quality citizens of the nation and are able to help other disadvantaged children in the future thus making Laos free of disadvantaged children.

There are six SOS Children’s Villages across the country, each in Vientiane, Champassak, Xieng Khuang, Luang Prabang, Huaphan and Savannakhet and almost 1,500 disadvantaged children and orphans are raised and taught in these schools, according to Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Khampheng Xaysompheng.

Laos is among 135 countries around the world that have SOS Children’s Villages established. Within ASEAN, SOS Children’s Villages are functional in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Saturday also witnessed the awarding of four outstanding SOS mothers with honourable rings and other individuals and organizations with congratulatory certificates in recognition of their individual and collective contribution to the growth of SOS Children’s Villages.

First Class Victorious Labour Medals were also awarded to three individuals and five entities, along with Second Class Victorious Labour Medals to nine individuals and two entities, and Third Class Labour Medals to three individuals and five entities.

Labour Medals were also awarded to 81 individuals and two entities. Meanwhile government congratulatory certificates were awarded to 126 individuals and four entities.

Source: Lao News Agency