Laos is a forested, highland country in Southeast Asia along the upper Mekong River. 80% of the population lives in rural areas and subsistence agriculture dominates the economy. Recently, foreign investment has promoted hydroelectric dams, the mining and lumber industries, and cash crop plantations, but poor, rural farming families, the majority of the population, see little of that investment capital and still face seasonal scarcities of rice, child malnutrition, and a lack of access to education.
MCC Laos currently works for sustainable community development in partnership with district-level government organizations on projects in agriculture, nutrition, HIV/AIDS education, and small-scale irrigation. Through legal education and land surveys, MCC works with rural communities to prevent conflicts related to land and natural resource management. Through Global Family, MCC Laos sponsors a youth volunteer peace group that trains others on peacebuilding and conflict transformation and programs for primary school teachers to enhance their teaching skills.
Please feel free to contact us with any queries or questions you may have.