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Prime Minister lauds work of SOS Children Villages 

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Saturday lauded SOS Children’s Villages Laos for the achievements the Villages have attained over the past 25 years.
The premier, who is also honorary President of the SOS Children’s Villages Laos Management Committee, extended his compliments in a ceremony in Vientiane to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Villages.
“Over the past 25 years, we have accomplished a number of great achievements,” he told 300 participants at the ceremony held at the National Convention Centre.

Six SOS Children’s Villages have been established in Laos – one each in the capital of Vientiane and the provinces of Champassak, Xieng Khuang, Luang Prabang, Huaphan, and Savannakhet.
So far, the SOS Children’s Villages in Laos have provided shelter, care and education to 1,468 orphans and disadvantaged children. Of the total, more than 600 were girls.
In addition to the SOS Children’s Villages, SOS Hermann Gmeiner Kindergartens, primary and secondary schools have also been established, thanks to support from SOS Children’s Villages International.
Thousands of students comprising those living in the SOS Children’s Villages and children of local residents have studied in the schools.
More than 1,300 malnourished children have also benefited from SOS’s initiated nutrition programmes.
PM Thongloun recalled that an agreement to establish the first SOS Children’s Villages centre in Vientiane was made in 1993 when the then President of SOS Children’s Villages International, Mr Helmut Kutin visited Laos and initiated the idea.
 Mr Thongloun, who was then Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, then proposed the idea to the Lao government resulting in the acceptance of its establishment.
 Representing the Lao government, parents and children, Premier Thongloun expressed heartfelt gratitude to Mr Kutin, who was also present at Saturday’s event, for his great support and assistance.
The Head of the government expressed the hope that SOS Children’s Villages International would extend further support and assistance to expand SOS Children’s Villages in Laos to assist the Lao government in providing more opportunities to the nation’s disadvantaged children.
“We will not let the disadvantaged children be left behind. We will strive to enable them to have a bright future,” he told the event.
In his speech, Mr Kutin praised the achievements the SOS Children’s Villages in Laos have accomplished, which have helped develop the children – the next generation of the country.
“Together, we will continue to do the best for the children,” said Mr Kutin, who is now honorary President of SOS Children’s Villages International.
He spoke highly of the great importance the Lao government has attached to the management and operation of the SOS Children’s Villages, which made their success possible.
In his speech, Chairman of the SOS Children’s Villages Laos Management Committee, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng said SOS Children’s Villages Laos were a valuable gift that the SOS Children’s Villages International organisation has presented to the nation.
Dr Khampheng, who is also Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, told the ceremony that numerous children sheltered, educated and cared for at the SOS Children’s Villages have succeeded in their education and secured permanent jobs.
 During the ceremony, the Lao government presented labour medals, certificates of congratulations and other awards to SOS mothers, staff and divisions for their superior performance.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 26,

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