People to People Project aims at helping Laos
May 25, 2011
Bob Weller is the president of the People to People Project, an organization that is helping Laos through humanitarian means, according to a new report from WSAW.com. Mr. Weller recounts an experience that he had in Laos in 2008, when a villager told him about the positive effects of humanitarian aid in his area.
"I asked the individual what was the most positive effect that this village had as a result of bringing clean water to them and he responded to me in English, which was really really rare: 'My children, no sick no more' ... that was the crowning moment," said Weller.
The People to People Project was started by Hmong residents of Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Laos has a population of about 6.48 million people, with a median age of 21 years old, according to the CIA. The capital city of Vientiane has a population of about 799,000 as of 2009. Laos is still a one-party Communist country, one of the few left in the world. The nation faces multiple infrastructure problems such as poor roads and limited telecommunications facilities.