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My godchild Toy




Why a godchild?

For many years I have wanted to take care of a godchild, but first I sponsored a village in DC Congo, Bukavu, because in this region civil war reigns and where help was urgently needed and still is.

Now I have decided to take over the sponsorship for a girl. Living for children in poor countries is very difficult, they are neglected, victims of violence, abuse, rape and exploitation. The worst hit are the girls with 80% (in Africa are circumcised every day about 6000 girls). I want to help - even it is just a drop in the ocean.

My godchild Toy

The name of my godchild is Toy. She was born in July 2002 and lives in Laos, in the region Pha Oudom province Bokeo.

Her language is E-Sarn/Lao and she has a local religion.

Toy lives with her family in a house of bamboo with a of tiled roof. She does now go to school and loves to draw and sing. After school she has to work on there field.

Toy mit ihrer Mutter Ann
Toy with her mother Ann


The family of Toy

The father Nigerm (born 1965) ist farmer, her mother Ann (born 1967) as well. The name of her brother is Tith (geb. 2001) and her sisters name is Hen (born 1996). The grandmother Beang (born 1940) also is farmer.
Toy lives also together with other relatives, who in this culture have to be regarded als family members.


The sourrounding where Toy lives

The family gets its water from a water supply, fed from a small source, about a 1 km away.

Sanitary installations:
The family does not have it's own latrine and has to use a public latrine.

Health Facilities:
The next health facility is about 30 minutes away.


The area where Toy lives: Pha Oudom

Laos The Bokeo province with its capital Huay Xai (right on the Mekong), is in the "Golden Triangle" on the border with Thailand and Myanmar. This province was originally incorporated in the province of Luang Namtha and was emerged as a spin in 1983. The district Pha Oudom, where Toy lives, originally in the province Oudomaxay, was integratied in 1992.

The name of Bokeo means "gem mine" because of the large gemstone and semi-precious stone deposits in the area.

The district Oudom is situated about 50 km southeast of Huay Xai and is approximately 1579 square kilometers large. The population is about 36 400 people. Ca. 65% of the country's highlands es an highland at hight of 800 feet, the rest is up to about 400 meters above sea level. The country is traversed from the main river Nam Tha River.

54 out of 94 villages ared are counted to the poorest of Laos. Most villages are in remote mountain regions. The oldest village was founded in 1906 and is Namkha. In the villages live about 80% Khmu, 12% Lowlander and 8% Hmong. Many villages have no electricity, no running water or sanitation and no access to roads. It is one of the poorest areas of Laos.

The income of people is achieved mainly through rice and maize cultivation and animal husbandry as well as by manual work and collection of forest products. There are also many teak and rubber plantations. In 2006 new irrigation systems habe been introduced and now many people cultivate rice. Some fields are so far away from the villages that the people stay several days or weeks in simple huts near the fields.

On local markets fruit vegetables and meat are sold, mostly from women and children. The market usually begins at 3:00 clock in the morning. About five or six o'clock in the morning turn the women back home and start their daily work, school children are on their way to elementary school.

Not all villages have primary schools, only a few pre-schools. For the whole area there is only one middle school.

You can find a few impressions from the region here.


The country where Toy lives: Laos




Flagge von Laos          Wappen von Laos

Geography and climat:

Laos is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered on the west by Thailand, on the northwest by Myanmar, on the north by China, on the east by Vietnam and on the south by Cambodia. It is characterized mainly by mountain ranges. It a dry, tropical monsoon climate with wet-hot scheme from May to October and cool from November to January (In Pha Oudom in the winter it has up to -7 degrees C).


The population currently stands at 6,834,942 (27.5/km 2 ). There are 49 communities with hill tribes and minorities, as many languages and plenty of cultural diversity. Much of the population lives in poverty.


Time zone: UTC+7, form of government: republik, capital city: Vientiane, official lanuage: Lao, government: one party system


Before 40.000 years: first human activities.
Before 4000 years: first settlements of sedentary agriculture operator acting as residents.
13. Jh: the Lao people migrated from southern China.
1353: Establishing of the kingdom Lan Xang (land of the million elephants) under prince Fa Ngum. This area included present-day Laos, the northern Thailand and parts of Myanmar.
18. Jh.: The kingdom was divided in Luang Prabang, Vientiane and Champasak, and was attacked by Burma, Thailand and Siam (Vietnam). Siam finally subdued the land.

19. Jh.: Assignment of all the territories east of the Mekong to France, inclusion of the site in French Indochina.
1893 bis 1941 unter french protection.
1941: during the 2nd World War, Laos was occupied by the Japanese.
1945: After the end of the 2nd World War Laos declared its independence. Again, however, it came under the domination of the French.
1949 Signing of the Franco-Lao Treaty. This should make Laos an independent member within the French Union.
1954: After the end of the Indochinak war the Viet Minh where founded 1941 for the resistance against the Japanese - and the French Laos got intependet.

1965 bis 1975: In the 2nd Indochina War (Vietnam War) Laos was neutral. Nevertheless, U.S. forces bombed heavily Laos, for the Ho Chi Minh Trail was a major part of Laotian territory. So the over Laos per capita 2.5 tons of explosives were dropped, which Laos is one of the most severely bombed countries in the world. Even today, some 30% of bombs, dropped by the U.S. Air Force did not explode, and especially for the rural population a great risk

1975: End of the civil war (initiated by the Vietnam War), takeover of the communist-dominated forces of Pathet Lao through a bloodless revolution and proclamation of the Democratic People's Republic of Laos. The Lao People's Revolutionary Party was the ruling party in the country. About one tenth of the population at that time was on the run.
1997: Laos became member of ASEAN.


So Plan in Laos

Plan was to work in Laos in 2007 and has focused largely on the poorest municipalities in the province of Bokeo. In the first phase, the emphasis is on early childhood education. The aim is that children under six years are given the opportunity to obtain a qualified pre-school training. A national curriculum will be developed and implemented in the pre-schools, training for preschool teachers, provision of learning materials and equipment, improvement of cooperation between church leaders and politicians. From 2009, primary and secondary education (with emphasis on education of girls and children of minorities), protection of children in schools and communities. Conducts hygiene, sanitation and drinking water projects.


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