Flashback Memories

Project Kajsiab Laos
Kajsiab Women Empowerment Activities
Kajsiab Children Education and Care
Thank you all for your support, encouragement and help in various ways. Your efforts help the Women of the mountains of Laos to become proud and self confident again and full of hope, working towards a new self sustainable future and a healthy and happy life.
A huge thanks from all the Kajsiab Women!
For movies and pictures have a look at our new website and our facebook page
www.daauwvillagelaos.com

Facebook: Project Kajsiab Laos - about all our empowerment activities
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Family Volunteering
 
Project Kajsiab Laos has since Kajsiab is founded shared unique experiences working and living with volunteering families. The cultural exchange between the Kajsiab children and children from Australia, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel, America and many other countries has been absolutely amazing. The women from the volunteering families created friendships with the Kajsiab women that last a lifetime. The men have exchanged working skills and creativity even when there were NO tools available. The atmosphere in the evenings around the campfire playing games with the children has been heart warming.
Kajsiab Team wishes to thank all these families for the time, love, passion and daily family life they shared.
We miss you all and hope to see you again! 

Heartwarming experiences with this truly unique
Family who has travelled to and stayed in many places in the world and gave us some of their love, passion and time in 2012
6 months sharing life and work in 2013 and 2014
Energetic volunteering family in 2016 showing us that passion and sharing can happen just like that
Super Exchange with Super kids in 2017
 One big multi culture family in 2014!
Nai when she arrived at Kajsiab in 2013 and 2014:
 
Nai in 2015 working full time in the Women’s Workplace after she finished her Sewing School, having daily new original idea’s to create local products that had never been made before
Nai in 2016, finishing her traineeship at the Women’s Workplace, having a small financial back up to start her new life with her sweetheart!
Nai is getting married and at the end of 2016 and by now she has 2 children.
Kajsiab supported Nai starting up her new business with a small micro fund loan and a good luck gift sewing machine. Nai succesfully opened her own shop selling various products.
Lucky Pots!
Who needs some extra luck these days? The lovely pots have small lucky items inside. Nice gift for family or friends or your employees at Christmas.    
You can order these unique handmade items by sending us an email at projectkajsiablaos@gmail.com.
 

In these Corona Times it is so good to have beautiful memories.
For example Sarah who ran the Matathon for the Kajsiab women.
 
Sarah:
“I am running the Potteries Marathon 05 Jul 2015 for Tree of Hope and Project Kajsiab Laos because it is a huge challenge to set myself.”
In 2015 Sarah, who visited Daauw Home and saw with her own eyes how Kajsiab  encourages and empowers the local women from the mountains in Laos  came to us with the idea to support Kajsiab women’s activities.

Sarah: “Kajsiab is a centre in Huay Xai in Laos run by a lady called Lara and her partner Nzoua, that has a number of purposes, all seeking to improve the lives and health of the Loas people in the Bokeo province. Primarily it provides a safe haven for Laos women, where they can make craft items which they sell to earn a living. It also acts at a homestay for the mountain folk when they need to visit the hospital in the town. In addition it provides education for Laos children, and they take interns who are trained in the hospitality trade. They have a restaurant on a lovely terrace overlooking the Mekong, where they serve food to tourists, and you can eat with the locals too. This is how I discovered it, I ate here when I went to South East Asia two years ago. We didn't arrive at the right time to eat with the mountain people, but we still met a group of children who sang us the Birdy Song in Laotian! The food was fresh and delicious, the terrace was relaxing and a lovely setting, and I really support the idea behind what they are doing.”
Running a Marathon is a passionate, intense and down to earth way to support a cause and we are filled with warm gratitude towards Sarah and all the people who supported her Initiative donating for Project Kajsiab Laos.

Kajsiab Team is proud that one of our guests ran for women’s empowerment.
Sarah, you ROCK!Sarah

Sarah managed to get together 755  euro for the women empowerment activities.

Kajsiab spent the donation for:

265 euro - We helped one of the women, Nai Waa,  who stayed with us for over 2 years to launch her own new future with micro funding that she will slowly pay back.
Once she paid back we will re-invest the money for other women leaving the Kajsiab Shelter so they can start up a new future
65 euro – a Good Luck with your future plans gift; a small sewing machine, that Nai  uses for Kajsiab Project, teaching other young women in her village the skills Nai has learned in the Women's Workplace.  Nai also uses her sewing machine for her small sewing shop.
You can read about Nai and her story in this months special of the Women’s Workplace Women: Nai Waa
120 euro - Sewing materials, needles and paint for the Women's Workplace.
285 euro and 20 euro - We were able to provide the young girls and women sexual education and anti conception (workshops and education). We went three times on a trip to the hospital with 2 to 5 women and each time they learned about sexual health and since about one year they are passing this information through. The anti conception of 20 euro was in total that specific time 120 euro; one of our yearly sponsors donated 100 euro.

Sarah planted an important seed and since her donation Kajsiab was able to increase  sexual health informal information talks, informal workshops, guidance and education.It seems like issues that have been buried under a lot of dust and shame in this community are coming to the surface.
Sarah  also helped to start up the micro finance program, planting another very important seed. Since Sarah’s donation donation we helped two more women who left after their time in Kajsiab Shelter to set up their own business.

Thank you again Sarah Clough for your and your sponsors’ support. You see by now how much impact you have had on the lives of so many women with your passionate Marathon Run......it is amazing how much we can actually do to make this world a more happy and healthy place.....

Now, in 2020 Sarah is still supporting the project.
Thank you!

Nai Vue came in 2015 to Kajsiab Shelter. The first months were hard. Trying to keep her own pride she was not giving her full heart to the project, trying to protect her own self and emotions. She was working without the full attention and passion that is needed to make a real change in life and future.
After a few months however she kind of warmed up and the icy wall she kept around her trying not to be too interested began to melt down.
One of our volunteers, Anja, who stayed about one week actually managed to make this break through making a real connection with Nai and her baby boy. Since that week Nai’s life changed towards a new path of self acceptance and new future idea’s.
Nai became more involved and understood that only she can make a change and start a new life. She needed to stop being a victim blaming everybody else for her situation and she needed to start to work. She needed to stay longer at Kajsiab to be able to make this transformation and she finally requested to let her two daughters come live with her too.
 
 
About 6 months later Nai got help from another volunteer who made a lot of impact on her, Karolien. At the same time a young boy came to live at Kajsiab trying to let go of his trauma, his brother committed suicide since he was not allowed to marry the girl he loved. He worked hard and planned to do a course about alternative crops and harvest. Nai and he slowly got closer and fell in love with each other. After 6 months and many talks with Kajsiab Team he asked Nai to marry him. She said yes……..
Together they left tot heir village and created a new life, Nai has several new children now and with her three previous children they form a warm, calm and commited family. We will keep you updated about her lovly family!

Become involved with Nai and the other Kajsiab Women and become a long term member of Kajsiab Women Empowerment Program:

Sponsor one of the women here on a monthly basis, for example Nai, donating a set amount each month for clothing, medicine, future plans and help to fund their trainee program.

Usually women become self sustainable after a 3 year period at Kajsiab.
 
Monthly donations from individuals can be 20 euro or 50 or 200 euro a month, or any other amount.
Contact us if you want to be part of the Women Empowerment Activities by email  
projectkajsiablaos@gmail.com

The first year Jenny came to us with her friend Gisèle they volunteered for a month helping out to make new products fort he Women’s Workplace and showing the women new idea’s and teaching them how tob e creative in products and also in Life. They also taught English and French! The women have felt this whole month very special:  two wise women who knew so much about life already wanted to share their time and skills with them.
The second year Jenny came alone. By then she supported Kajsiab quite a few times already, helping out when Kajsiab could not buy rice or had problems to get money together for hospital visits.
Jenny was so helpful , since two people of the main Team had been ill and burn out, both Jenny and Karolien helped to back up the Daauw Home self sustainability activities with Zjong and Bounchan.
Jenny has been absolutely amazing and the women and children and especially the founders of Kajsiab are very thankful for Jenny’s support, time and love.
Jenny has visited the Kajsiab Women and Children again this month.
We are so happy and lucky to know Jenny and she has become a friend of many of us and is part of the Kajsiab Family..
Jenny we love you!

Women’s Fund: Become part of Kajsiab supporting Friends and make a monthly donation in the Women’s Empowerment Fund Kajsiab. Write us at projectkajsiablaos@gmail.com for more details.

Financial donations:
- Go to www.daauwvillagelaos.com
then click on: donate now
Thank you from all the Kajsiab Women and children!

Thank you all for your support, encouragement and help in various ways. Your efforts help the Women of the mountains of Laos to become proud and self confident again and full of hope, working towards a new self sustainable future and a healthy and happy life.

For movies and pictures have a look at our new website and our facebook pages
www.daauwvillagelaos.com

www.projectkajsiablaos.org

Facebook: Project Kajsiab Laos - about all our empowerment activities
 
Facebook: Daauw Village - about our self sustainability activities

Facebook: Kajsiab Creations – about the local products handmade by the Kajsiab Women and how to buy these unique items

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