Hello, I’m a relatively new Rotarian and a member of the Leighton Linslade for three years. It’s full of real individuals and I’ve enjoyed our meetings and activities. The club is really friendly and made me very welcome. We have a really full programme; my favourite is at Christmas when we tour the streets with Santa, finishing on Christmas Eve with carols in the High Street.
The club has been really interested in my involvement with LEOT from first joining the club. I regularly give updates on our activities. I’m supposedly retired and split my time almost evenly between living in Leighton and Laos; it’s so different comparing home with living in a developing country.
Fund raising to run our school is a real battle and I’m so grateful for the support of the club and the people of Leighton.
LEOT is a UK charity and was formed ten years ago to support education and the disadvantaged community in Laos. Our main activity is a running a purpose built school on the outskirts of Luang Prabang in Northern Laos. We have about 300 students learning English and Computer studies. Most students come from subsistence farming families in the countryside and come to us as we are one of the few places offering free places in further education. The school has just completed its fifth year of teaching and is funded completely by donation. We are proud that all our teachers are young Lao graduated supported by a small band of unpaid volunteers from around the world. The charity originally started by giving scholarships to students for further education. This work still continues and we currently support 25 students at university.
Laos is a very poor country with many people living around the poverty line. Infrastructure is poor and many rural communities have poor water supplies, badly maintained schools frequently without electricity. LEOT started its community programme four years ago and now supports communities by repairing schools and supplying clean water together with an endless supply of clothing from Leighton. LEOT Facebook page.