Fondacio in Laos - YLDC

Laos is a small and relatively poor country, with a GDP per capita of 1778.7 $ in 2016. The lack of facilities and resources result in low quality education & lack of access with low enrolment rate. This explains why the illiteracy rate is as low as 23% in men and 46% in women. As it is, inadequately educated workforce appears to be the main break to the development in Laos (World Economic Forum). Transition rate from primary to secondary is 60.1%. The enrolment rate in tertiary education is 17%, ranking Laos as the 102nd country in the world on this aspect.

It is focused on the Out-of-work youth, particularly those who are disadvantaged, to help them build a future for themselves, their families and society. As it appears clearly that education is a break to their access to employment and to Laos development, YLDC is addressing this issue. In order to bring its modest but very concrete impact on Laos development, YLDC Laos is oriented toward building a ground of well-formed young people and village leaders to be catalyst for change in their home environments through holistic formation

Main Program

3 to 5 months
(according to local context)
♦ English skills ♦ Self management skill
♦ Professionnal Developpement skills ♦ Social responsibily skills
♦ IT skills ♦ Income generation project (IGP)
6 months to 1 years
♦ Job opportunity ♦ Entrepreneurship / Agriculture
♦ YLDC intership ♦ Youth support community
♦ Youth leadership formation  


Life Skills Program: The main idea of this program is to engage and train-up young people for employment. This program is implemented by guiding the students in the direction of budget and household management. For instance, the students take turns in groups to go to the morning market to shop for groceries needed to cook for the day and they are provided with a certain budget that they have to use wisely. Moreover, the students are needed to do “household chores” such as managing the garden. They are also supposed to carry out an Income Generation Project that will develop their entrepreneurship skills. Continuing Program: The main idea of this program is to empower them to provide service and leadership for their communities. The participants will learn Social Entrepreneurship Skills to develop knowledge and awareness of the needs of their environment and communities. Partnership The project was initiated by Fondacio Asia in partnership with the Catholic Bishops Conference of Laos (CBCL) in January 2016 and it was later officially launched in May 2016.


Contact :

Bout Pengpadit Thongsamay

+856 30 2202 571