Laos is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South-East Asia, with 65 per cent of the total population comprised of different ethnic groups. Although complex, there is a strong link between ethnicity and poverty, particularly in the upland areas of Laos.
Since 1993, CARE has provided a number of long-term development programs in Laos. Our focus is on improving livelihoods, food security and community development in remote rural areas; preventing the spread of avian influenza and other emerging infectious diseases; and supporting vulnerable women and girls.
"The day I met Soun and Jan"
In 2015, CARE Australia staffer Meagan Patroni travelled to Laos. There she saw firsthand the challenges faced by mothers in rural and remote areas.
Improving Women's Lives in Remote Laos
After working for CARE for three years on the southern end of the Laos/Vietnam border, Keolatsamy explains how the village where she works has changed.