My English Center(856-20) 2898-2222
What we do.
Ban Khoua Thi Nung is a poor village with a population of 360 families in the outskirts of Luanpgrabang , Lao PDR. Many people depend on agriculture and they don’t earn much money. Parents often have had to sell cows and other family valuables and make sacrifices for many years to pay for studies. When families do not have enough money to support their children at school , they tell their children to drop out.
Therefore many give up hope of ever finishing high school or going to college to continue their education and get stuck at this point. Having to leave school under such conditions causes many problems; Many students leave school with sadness when they realize that their parents cannot support them for further studies and they have to leave school before they are prepared to get a good job. This is a special problem for young girls in our society who are not allowed the same flexibility as boys to find jobs and on-the-job training.
My English Center will provide an opportunity for students , especially girls , whose families lack funds , to continue their education in English language. The result would be that under-privileged students will be able to continue their education and , with their ability to speak English , they would be more apt to get a good job in the rapidly growing tourism sector , including hotels , restaurants , guides , shops , taxis , etc. Then they would be able to pay-back their loan from their future earnings. Poor people have a good reputation for paying back loans and helping others.
We started to teach a class two weeks ago for free. The village school allows us to use classrooms. On the first week , there are about 10 students come to the class. They are so excited to study English. One girl carried her baby sister to the class. We started at 4:30 pm and ended when they can no longer see the board.
To establish My English Center for the long term , we must raise money to pay teachers , electricity , supplies , and loans for poor children to attend.
Who we are
The leader of My English Center was orphaned at a very young age. His parents passed away when he was 3 years old. He grew up in a poor Hmong family , the last of 5 children and is the only one in the family who could go to school but had a very limited opportunity to study.
In 1999 , he finished high school and wanted to continue to the National University of Laos , but this was financially impossible. So , after high school , he worked for a while as a tour guide at a trekking company but his abilities in English language were very limited. He wanted to learn more but could not afford to continue his studies. He was very fortunate that one of the foreign visitors in a trekking party offered to pay for his studies at Lao-American College where he recently graduated with a Bachelor in Business Management on 29 March , 2013.
What We Need & What You Get
Even though we began teaching for two weeks and in order to keep going for that we need a budget of US$ 5 ,500 to support the center :
1. To install electricity and lamps in classrooms $2 ,000. We need this because we can use classroom at night.
2. Fans- it is hot and students cannot focus the studies $500
3. White Boards $600
4. Teachers’ salaries $1 ,000
5. Materials; text books , office supplies...etc. $900
6. To rent the school $ 500
• Even the required fund does not meet , we do something , for example , we get about 50% of the required fund , we can install electricity and lamps. This is the basic need.
• Then later , we are going to have some post cards to send you.
• Our goal is to create a system that allow student to go out in person and come back with some new ideas. Then we encourage to them to be published.
Other Ways You Can Help
what we really like you to help is that please speak this massage out to people who you know and ask them to do the same you do and ask them to see the campaign at www.indiegogo.com , www. Facebook , www.tojsiab.com. If you come to Luangprabang , please remember to visit us at My English Center by contacting at firstname.lastname@example.org and Tel: (856-20)2898-2222
6 years ago