Champassak and Lang Khang

Country : Laos

Cities : Champassak and Lang Khang

Partner : Double Horizon /  Sourires d’enfants

Number of beneficiaries : 6700

The project ended on March 2023


Laos is one of the poorest and most isolated countries in Southeast Asia. Access to drinking water and sanitation is very unevenly distributed between large cities, which are seeing an increase in water supply services, and villages left to fend for themselves for access to water and sanitation.


Champasak, is a small town in southern Laos located about 40 km south of Pakse. The villages run along the Mekong and some suffer from isolation, as it is very difficult to access during the rainy season.
Lang Khang is the capital of Lang Khang. It is accessible by a paved road from the city of Thakhek (capital of the Province) in 1h30. The village is located 17 kms from the ChaLo border post with Vietnam


Founded in 1992, the Double Horizon association is committed to children in emerging countries (including Laos) by offering them financial assistance through a sponsorship system and infrastructure through the construction of schools and libraries. It works to improve their health, particularly through projects around access to water. A partnership is also made with village chiefs and school principals.
The Association Sourires dEnfants was created in 1996 and has been present in the villages of the Lang Khang group since 2012. Its mission is sustainable access to childrens education, hygiene and medical followup for children and women, access to nutrition and drinking water as well as the emancipation of women. It participates in the implementation of incomegenerating activities and the training of actors.

Presentation of the project :

The project consists in :

  • Installation of 11 Safe Water Cube fountains in 11 schools

Beneficiaries :

The direct beneficiaries of the action are children from schools in Champasak and Lang Khang villages. The installation of Safe Water Cube fountains will also generate drinking water for village families.

Implementation :

Access to drinking water in schools will make it possible to provide free drinking water to children, but also to selffinance the school canteen for lunch. This will allow children to have at least one full meal a day and ensure their proper hydration.
At the heart of the schools, a circular economy solution will be implemented. A 20liter can currently costs 5000 kips. Families will now go to schools to get drinking water at a rate of 2,000 kip per can. The cost of a meal for a child is about 1500 kips. If all families buy at least 1 can of water per day, the proceeds will allow the system to be self-financing.

Expected results

  • Improved health due to drinking water;
  • Reduction of school absenteeism related to water-related diseases;
  • Creation of 10 jobs for fountain managers.

Global cost of the project :

91 800 €

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