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Lao People's Democratic Republic
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Wildlife Conservation in Laos

Australian trained Akchousanh Rasphone is a conservation biologist and one of a small number of young Lao women committed to saving the wonderful and beautiful wild creatures of Laos.

Born and raised in Savannakhet province, she finished high school with good grades before leaving her family to study at the National University of Laos. (Read full story here)


Local writer aims to combine education and entertainment

“Making your ideas reality is like jumping off a cliff and spreading your wings on the way down; there is only one way to do it – take the plunge”

In 2010 Khouanfa received an Australia Awards Scholarship, enabling him to complete a Bachelor Degree in Creative Industries through the Queensland University of Technology, a field of study which isn’t available in Laos. (Read full story here)


Women’s Rights in Laos - A Role Model

Australian trained Inthana Bouphasavanh has dedicated her life to protect and advocate women’s rights in Laos. Inthana’s passion and ambition to see women’s rights a reality in her country led her to establish the Association for Development of Women and Legal Education (ADWLE). Born and raised in Pakse, as the oldest child she had to take care of her siblings as well as housework.(Read full story here)


Skills Can Take You Anywhere – Even to the End of the Earth

 Everything surrounding him is white.  It is 30 degrees below zero. He has been given a near impossible task, to find a fallen meteorite in the vast white emptiness of Antarctica.  He walks on. This is a long way from Vientiane. Then he stops.  He’s found what he’s been looking for. (Read full story here)



Preventing Violence against Women and Girls – Men Standing Up

Violence against women and girls (VAW/G) is a global pandemic. It is a grave violation of human rights – particularly of women’s human rights, security and dignity. Violence against women and girls has many types and forms ranging from domestic violence to sexual harassment, trafficking, forced marriage, and femicide (Read full story here)


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Laos-Australia National Scholarships Alumni

 Breaking the Poverty Cycle

Education is vitally important for lifting people out of poverty, and this is especially the case for young women.  The Australian government, through the Laos Australia Institute, provides scholarships to over 280 young men and women from disadvantaged rural areas in Laos to attend university.  Half of these scholarships, known as LANS, are reserved for young women.  (Read full story here)

 A Young Woman’s Determination to Succeed

 Aiher Saupor is determined to continue her education despite poverty and her parents’ disapproval. “I have seen my parents working  so hard in the field and they still live in poverty. That’s why I don’t want to be the same. I wanted to study and get a job,” says the 22 year old from Houn district in Oudomxay Province. (Read full story here)