Hou cares for her younger brother and feeds her family’s livestock at her home in Laos. She credits World Vision’s children’s club activities for giving her new confidence and enjoyment.
Only a few years ago, Hou was a very shy girl. She was very quiet in class and also with her family. She never attended any activities outside of school.
“I’m very happy that I got a chance to join with other children. I am also very excited that I got to make new friends,” she says.
“I learned about unity and showing bravery through the activities such as singing and games. I also learned about child rights.”
World Vision worked with local authorities to establish a number of children’s groups that focus on educating children about their rights, improving life skills, and on protection issues, in an environment where children can feel safe. The groups mix play with serious topics so that children become aware of the threats to them.
The groups also encourage children to speak up and take part in decisions that affect their lives, says Vilasai Thammavong, World Vision’s child protection manager.
“Children’s Day activity was very important because it helped us to develop our confidence,” Hou says.
“This is especially important for children who live in the remote areas so that they will have a chance to develop and learn from new friends that came from different places. I want to have these activities every year.”
Photo © 2014 Ammala Thomisith / World Vision