Laos

CARE’s work in Laos

CARE first worked in Laos in 1954. Today we focus on helping communities secure livelihoods and access to food, adapt to climate change, and improve health. We particularly support vulnerable women and girls, and work in some of the remotest parts of the country. Laos is regularly affected by small-scale disasters, and communities can take years to recover. Our disaster management projects help people understand and plan for these. Our de-mining programme works with communities to reduce the risks and constraints on livelihoods caused by bombs left over from the civil war ending in the mid-1970s.

Food and livelihood security

CARE constructs water supply systems, trains farmers in efficient farming methods and provides villagers with alternative sources of income, such as raising animals. We work with rural communities to build irrigation systems, provide training on wetland rice cultivation, help establish tea plantations and commercialise Lao wild tea, provide animal vaccination and treatment, and set up small livestock-rearing businesses. We support the development of road networks in remote areas to improve access to markets and government services. Communities are learning new skills and building capacity through scholarships, training and study tours on livestock-raising, road maintenance, and agricultural production. We also train village veterinary volunteers to provide improved basic veterinary services. 

CARE's reach

We work in 79 developing countries, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 70 years.

Our mission

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.