Last week we at Kajsiab Shelter celebrated the birthdays of 5 children!
Thanks to your help and to the commitment of Kajsiab Team we can try to meet the needs of the Kajsiab Children.
Besides education, we give the children books to go to school with, extra trainings they need and provide them with clean clothes and healthy, nutritious food. We also initiated a Health Bank where people can donate to so that they can in the future have the medical care they need.
It is amazing to see the children being so scared and sometimes broken or traumatized and after staying here for a while blossoming up, feeling safe, eating healthy food.
“I will never forget the face of Ing going for the first time to school at age 11....that smile......”can I really do something just for me?” And the smile I got two weeks ago from Mai (whose mother does not want her now they are divorced and even beat her up when she tried to come to see her mother for food) when she came in and I took her into bath, removing the lice from her head and giving her a princess dress on (like a long dress with flowers).”
Baauw (1- then 7 years old), one of the sisters of Zjong and Nzoua Vue, the founder of Kajsiab was found unconscious on the street in the mountain village. Her parents can’t take care of her, just like with first Nzoua (founder Kajsiab) and then Zjong.
Zjong is now in charge of all women and girl issues in Kajsiab Shelter and is the local adviser of the mountain women and girls. She tried to commit suicide at age 13 and after ran away from home, married an addicted man and lost her child Daauw 8 months old to diarrhea, when she was only 16. When she ran away from her husband, we just opened the Shelter Kajsiab Home. Zjong was completely traumatized and it took more than two years to heal and believe in her own self again.
Ing took care of her three brothers by herself at age 11. She worked on the rice field, the gardens, fetched water to cook, boil rice, make food, got her brothers to bath in the river, washed their clothes and ran the whole household. Kajsiab decided to take her in and also with Ing, within a very short time volunteers offered sponsorship for her. We did not actively try to get funding since we were still mostly working with the women and were developing women and family care programs.
Baauw 11, a divorced woman came in the shelter with Siiwaa (3- then 4 years old). From then on the focus of Kajsiab switched also to the children. We tried to teach both mother and child social skills, loving care, hygiene, self-confidence, improve mother-child relationship, and for the first time actively try to get funding for education for Siiwaa.
Sue (4-then 6 years old) also came, father in jail and mother died when still breastfeeding Sue. He came in so scared and timid and now (2015) changed into this happy boy who dares to speak up and feels finally safe.
Paulo (9 – stayed from 0 to 2 years) was born at the Project, with complications, two months early and for almost two years Kajsiab took care of the small family of three. Now this family moved on and built up their own shop of local products in the village where they settled and where the father is a teacher. Since May they are back at Daauw Home to give birth in June from a healthy baby girl Saifon.
Joshua (11)was born, the child of Zjong and Bounchan and is staying with us until now, 2 years old. Soon Ong (12-13 years old) came and after that Ning(13-4 years old). Ong is Sue’s older brother and Ning is Tainia’s little girl. Tainia is divorced and working here to find a self-sustainable lifestyle to be able to take care of Ning.
Also living at Kajsiab Shelter are Ting, Ou, Pawnia, Ong, Leej, Malia, Hnong, Djuu, Laa, Po-ong, Beer, Kayan, Henry and 2 new girls.
A new family has come in with three children, 1 and 3 years old. We are not sure how long they will stay. A baby is born; Dahlia. That makes 23 children and counting......
Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. Because of your help we can continue our work at Kajsiab, Daauw Home. Thank you from all Kajsiab members with our whole heart.
"If you can't help a hundred people, help one" M.T.
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Stichting Project Kajsiab Laos
4564 EK Sint Jansteen
Bank: Rabobank Hulst
Adress: Stationsweg 14
4561 GB Hulst
Rabobank BIC/SWIFT: RABONL2U
IBAN: NL79 RABO 0140 8078 10
We are Project Kajsiab Laos.
Our keywords are Love, Passion, and Dedication.
We work together as a Team and help each other at all times.
Our key for success is that we do not only work together but also live together, as a family, with 46 people we are more like a village. Daauw Village.
All our self-sustainability activities are named Daauw. Our project activities are Kajsiab.
Both activities are named after lovely children, Daauw and Kajsiab both died because their parents had no access to healthcare and financial means in the mountain villages in Laos.
Project Kajsiab Laos believes in educating and empowering women and children to become creative, independent and self-sustainable.
We can all help each other to make this world a better place, so that all people on this planet and the planet itself can LIVE instead of most of us merely surviving.
So, let’s work together!
Help us to help others.
Come to volunteer at Daauw Farm or Daauw Home. Buy our handmade embroideries and our lovely lucky pots from Kajsiab Women’s Workplace. Hire us from Daauw Webdesign to make a website for you or your company. Support a Kajsiab child who lives at our Kajsiab Shelter by donating for education. Share our facebook posts. Eat in our Daauw restaurant or sleep in our Daauw home stay.
We are Kajsiab team and we welcome you.
About Project Kajsiab Laos
Kajsiab Laos is a non-profit socially minded Lao-Hmong company dedicated to empower the mountain people of Laos.
Kajsiab seeks to improve the lives of the Lao people in Bokeo Province in Northern Laos through partnerships and exchange activities between the local people and volunteers.
Kajsiab Laos is financed by Daauw Home Stay, Daauw Restaurant and Daauw Farm where travelers can stay and eat and where they can interact with the mountain people. This exchange improves understanding of each other’s culture and customs and creates a more open minded and tolerant environment. Through the exchange between volunteers and mountain people, living and working together at Daauw, people develop a deeper respect and understanding and people learn skills from each other’s cultures.
Daauw Home and Restaurant are located right next to Kajsiab Shelter. Daauw Farm is right outside the city, about 15 minutes drive.
Kajsiab Laos is a Shelter where the mountain people of Northern Laos get health information a.o. and where the people from the mountains can sleep and eat free of charge to be able to take care of their family members in the hospital. The city is a completely different world for the people of the mountains and at Kajsiab they have a place to go to where they feel safe and comfortable.
Kajsiab Laos takes on interns from the local mountain villages, mostly divorced women and their children or widows, the group that is trapped in the poverty cycle. The women remain at Daauw Home for periods ranging from anything between a couple of months to several years, and during this time they receive training in the hospitality industry, business and administration matters, the English language and receive a fair monthly salary.
Kajsiab Laos has built a Woman's Workplace, that focuses along with the Woman Empowerment Shop on women from the mountains, to teach knowledge and skills to become self-sustainable. Local products are made together with the volunteers, a.o. natural soap, pure virgin coconut oil, embroidery, jewelry and bamboo products.
Kajsiab, to every extent possible, will use local labour and materials. The local people hold a stake in the sustainability of this Initiative and are inextricably tied to its success
General Information Northern Laos and Kajsiab’s work
Kajsiab works in the forest area of North Laos, surrounded by valleys, rice fields and about 7 little communities of 200 people, which belong to ethnic minorities like the Hmong, the Lamet and the Lao Lu.
The local people of Bokeo province daily face uncertainties about their basic needs:
- Lack of food
- No access to clear drinking water
- Limited or no access to healthcare
- Shortage of protective clothing
- No stable income
Activities to support Project (Daauw):
Daauw Organic farm from 2020 on
Daauw Home – Restaurant and Home stay from 2010 on
Exchange between travelers and local people
Info point volunteers
Exchange information between volunteers and local people by working and living together
Daauw Webdesign from 2020 on
Activities Project (Kajsiab):
Woman Empowerment Shop and women's Workplace
Home stay trainee ships – example for villagers for future local tourism
English conversation courses
Natural Medicine Garden
Education and Care for Kajsiab Children
Women Coaching and Empowerment activities
Contact us for more information, volunteering opportunities or how to support Kajsiab: