Programs of KunDe Foundation

We're running a wide variety of projects....

Activities have included:

1. Health service support:
  • Training doctors and hospital laboratory technicians, including laboratory quality control. Around 500 trained so far.
  • Clinic construction and provision of essential furniture and equipment. 28 built and 32 provided with equipment.
  • Surgical camps and assistance for essential medical care. Over 250 people operated on or received specialised care.
  • Aids and prosthetic limbs for the disabled. Over 100 people assisted.
  • Physiotherapy

2. Community Development:

  • Community health and development training
  • Building composting latrines
  • Household food gardens, tree planting and greenhouses
3. Resource production:
  • Production of health and community development publications (in English, Chinese and Tibetan). Over 50 items produced.

4. Small studies of special needs:

  • Studies of health related conditions and actions to improve these
  • Studies of appropriate renewable energy resources and technology.

5. Project management:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of projects

6. Human Resource development:

  • Vocational training: carpentry and carving, house and furniture painting, sewing, embroidery, bee keeping, motor bike repair, computer training
  • Microloans for start up costs of small business, animal loans.
  • Teaching of English
  • Tuition fees for local school, college or specialised trainings for people involved in our project areas

Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre – Lao PDR
Many people live with disabilities in Lao. This increased dramatically during and after the Vietnam war. Many thousands of bomblets are still unexploded in Laos, found by children to boost the family income by selling scrap metal. This can have disastrous effects with many injuries and deaths to the population and livestock recorded every year. The Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre LDWDC is the only one in Lao catering to the needs of women.

Since it’s founding in 2002, LDWDC has trained over 100 disabled women in the art of sewing, weaving and paper making, skills that can be used by the women to contribute to the livelihoods of their families after graduation. After the training is complete, some women decide to return to their homes. Others decide to stay at LDWDC to receive further training and work as staff people in our production lines.

One such staff person is Poma. Poma was born in the early 60’s and was disabled when an American plane dropped cluster bombs on her village. At least three of her close friends were killed and Poma was badly injured. As a result of these injuries she walks with a severe limp and cannot participate in the rice fields where her family works to earn an income. Poma attended the LDWDC training program a few years ago and now works as a weaver on the production line. She enjoys the privilege of earning a living wage and being able to make independent choices for both her money and her life rather than being dependent on her family or the manual labour that is so difficult for her.

On May 16, 2005, Souksy was gathering bamboo shoots in the forest near hr village when her life changed for ever. As she returned home, she tripped over a root, and the weight of her fall triggered a cluster bomb, which had been sitting idle in the ground since it was dropped during U.S. bombing runs some 35 to 40 years earlier. Cluster bombs scatter hundreds of small bomblets, many the size of a child’s fist, over a wide area, that remain live in the ground, posing a deadly danger even decades after a conflict has ended.

Souksy lost her leg in the explosion. After medical treatment and rehabilitation with an artificial limb, she is now studying traditional Lao weaving at the KunDe supported a conference on the Rights of People with Disabilities in Lao PDR. 94 people attended including representatives from The Ministries of Health, Labour and Social Welfare and Education, and the Lao Women’s Union and 80 people with disabilities. The conference covered many topics including discussions surrounding the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities to Leprosy Awareness and Women’s Health Issues.

As a result of the conference, both people with disabilities and their government representatives are aware of the rights of people with disabilities. In addition to this, it appears that the Lao Disabled People’s Association may have the opportunity to set up an office in Bolikhamxay Province to continue to work towards reaching fair and just treatment for all people.