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Helping a young Lao girl at risk

31 Dec , 2020  

2 days before the new year I was contacted by Khmu people I know well, who discovered an at-risk teenager being abused in their village. She has hardly any clothes and food.

She is 17 years old and left alone most of the day in her parent’s house. She went blind at 12 years in one eye and lost the sight in her other eye and is not blind putting her in even more danger.

Her family is very poor and her parents are alcoholics and rarely home. She has been sexually abused. I shared her situation with friends and they very generously gave money and clothes to support her. Thanks to all those in Laos, New Zealand, UK, the Netherlands and the US who gave.

Her sleeping arrangements

This week we have taken food and emergency clothes. I have also been in touch with a number of people and organisations to understand what housing options she may have so she can escape her abusive living conditions.

It would be great to find her a job so she can sustain herself in the future, so any leads, ideas, or offers would be appreciated.

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I have met her family with the Naiban (Headman of her village) and had positive discussions. I will post an update soon.

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  1. David says:

    Yesterday I joined a meeting with the parents and headman. It was good to gently talk and hear that the girl wants help, and that the family and headman of the village also agree to this. We bought some fresh vegetables and fruit, snacks, shampoo, toothpaste and brush and other basic essential items. She received some super second-hand clothes (sinhs, long trousers, jumpers, shirts, blankets etc). We have been careful to not overwhelm her. It is saddening to see her so withdrawn, she has been isolated so long. Next we’ll buy items she needs such as socks, shoes, sanitary items and toiletries. We will take her to the eye clinic at the hospital for an assessment as well. Thanks for your help and I will keep you posted.

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