Laos

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Laos has a population of 6.5 million, and is one of the poorest country in the world.

FFM made its recce trip to Laos in Feb 2013, where we met our local coordinator, Peter Tan, who has worked/lived in Laos for 18 years. We visited several areas and noticed the poor conditions of the schools that need urgent help.

Following the visit, Firefly Mission built the first school in middle of the year and completed in November 2013. The second school started in November 2013 and completed in February 2014. The third school started in May 2014 and completed in October 2014.

The Laos government recognizes the importance of education but, being a poor country, lack the financial resources to provide proper schools.

Firefly Mission appeals to our volunteers to support our efforts in providing safe and conducive schools for the children of Laos.

Project Updates / Recent News

Covid-19 Relief Program for Laos (2nd week)

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FFM’s Covid-19 Relief Program in Laos

FireFly Mission's Covid-19 Relief Program has recently been extended to Laos PDR. A food ration distribution program for the needy ...
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FFM has completed construction of new schools in Laos

Covid19 pandemic has not stopped Firefly Mission from doing its work for the benefit of the disadvantaged in society. Despite ...
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Laos Schools Projects #17 & #18

In the midst of so much uncertainties and challenges, we received some happy updates from our team in Laos PDR ...
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Laos Project 2019 Updates

Background Firefly Mission (FFM) made its first recce trip to Laos in Jan 2013, since 2013 to end 2019, FFM ...
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Press Release – Firefly Mission, Singapore Hands Over Three School Buildings in Laos

A group of 29 volunteers from Firefly Mission, Singapore (FFM) visited Laos recently to witness and celebrate the handover of ...
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Laos Projects Report 2018

Below report shares Laos Projects on school & education and disaster reliefs works from 2013 to 2018. We have successfully ...
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Laos Dam Immediate Disaster Relief Works

On the 23 July 2018, Saddle Dam D, part of a hydroelectric dam system under construction in southeast Laos's Champasak ...
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FFM upcoming trips – Invite you to join us

Dear Friends, Firefly Mission (FFM) would like to invite you to join us in lighting up the world. SBS Kathina ...
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Laos Humanitarian coming Trip 12-19 Nov 2018

The Laos humanitarian mission aim to create hopes & opportunities to children in Laos. We invite you to join us ...
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Voices from the Heart

To keep running the nunnery is challenging. Some nuns get discouraged and leave. Likewise I get discouraged. Each time BNF came, the nuns and I are re-energized. I feel more encouraged with FFM’s support and in their valuing us. This has encouraged us and planted the seed in our mind to make the best of what we have …
LamaYeshiDorji
--Head Monk Teacher Lama Yeshi Dorji of Shedrup Choling nunnery who founded the nunnery 10 years ago at the request of the local community, and who had compassionately donated one of his kidneys to his friend’s mother so that she could continue farming and earn a livelihood

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My Reflection - SBS Kathina 2014

Having been on many firefly mission trips since I was still wearing diapers, as usual, this trip did not disappoint me. It is always a delight to see the aunties and uncles who are joining our trip for the first time coming in feeling welcomed and leaving as a part of firefly mission. Words really cannot express how the members, coming from different age groups ranging from children to elderly as old as their late eighties, coming together and traveling as a whole. There is really no other word to describe it other than magical. Sure, we all have our styles and ways of travelling but we can see that we all learn to adapt and accept one another and trying our best to accommodate and help each other, and due to my limited vocabulary, this is really an understatement. To read is not enough, but to experience is really what would leave you hanging for more of firefly mission activities.

This trip was not my first trip but it was indeed one that inspired. The place that I was greatly touched is the Nalanda center which we visited on the last day. Even though it was the second time visiting Nalanda, it was by far the most memorable one as the previous trip was very vague. This visit to Nalanda brought about fresh memories which really warmed the hearts of many. First off, I admire the way the Nalandians are so welcoming and that they are ever willing to lend a helping hand, they greet you with such a sincere smile that it would melt anyone’s heart. Secondly, I also look up to the way nalandians are always trying to benefit the people by expanding their center to accommodate more people and keeping the environment so conducive. Lastly, I literally cannot express how touched I was when we were leaving. It was raining and seeing the Nalandians smiling and holding umbrellas forming sort of like a shelter for us to walk so as to make sure we don’t get wet was really a touching sight. They smiled and held the umbrella up for us for us not minding their tired arms and I really, really appreciate their efforts.

All in all, joining the Firefly Mission family is a decision that one would never regret for life. So I sincerely encourage everybody to give it a shot.

Serene (Daughter of Bro Arnold)

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