We have already told you about Siwone, this 28 years old young man who has suffered from poliomyelitis and was in a real difficult situation. After ASAS has built a house for him two months ago, a solution had to be found in order to insure the future income for the family.
After many discussions between ASAS, Siwone, his family and some village inhabitants, the following project was set up:
- Building of a small wooden structure, adapted to his handicap, where Siwone will be able to sell artisanal cloth (scarfs, cloth, traditional clothes).
- Building of a henhouse of 20 square meters (the ground was lent by the village), situated next to the house, and buying of 10 hens and 10 ducks..
The project has started. We will inform you in further news about its realisation.
A roof and a life project
His name is Siwone, He lives in Houy Houn village where ASAS has already been several times.
This young 28 years old adult has suffered from a severe poliomyelitis (polio) since he was a child. He is an only child and lives with his elderly parents.
Their unique income comes from the rice the parents cultivate with difficulty as they are old and physically tired by a life in the fields. Or course, Siwone can’t help them.
The situation was alarming, on one hand their house, a small bamboo shelter, is regularly flooded by rain and Siwone has no choice but to creep in the mud of the house floor. Moreover there was no sanitary facilities, what makes life very complicated.
On the other hand his parents are aging and will soon be unable to cultivate rice. We had to find a solution and an activity in order that Siwone could earn some money for the family.
After several visits to the village, some discussions with the family and a month efforts, a house has been built.
It was built according to Siwone’s handicap so that he can be as autonomous as possible (height of the sanitary installations, door handles which he ca reach, installation of solar panels so that he can listen to music….)
L’ASAS also pays for the baci
Baci and su kwan (meaning "calling of the soul") is an important ceremony practised in Lao Culture.
Baci is a phi ritual used to celebrate important events and occasions, like births and marriages and also entering the monkhood, departing, returning, beginning a new year, and welcoming or bidding etc. The ritual of the baci involves tying strings around a person’s wrist to preserve good luck, and has become a national custom.
Presently we are discussing with Siwone and his family to see which activity he could have to earn some money and which would be adapted to his disease. We have thought about several jobs as a small shop in front of his house, the buying of a rice sorting machine, …etc.)
We’ll inform you soon about the way this situation evolves.