We at Denik are happy to announce that our school in Laos has been completed!! Mok Chong Pre & Primary School

is a 5 classroom, serving hundreds of students. We couldn't have done this without the help of our amazing partners

Pencils of Promise, and of course you, our awesome customers. Together we are changing the world. 




In Laos, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, a lack of educational infrastructure is one of the greatest

barriers to accessing a quality education (BBC News Asia). 27% of people in Laos are illiterate,

with even higher illiteracy rates amongst ethnic minorities (World Bank 2014).



When our partners (Pencils of Promise) first visited the school in Mok Chong, Laos, they found students being taught

in an aging provisional structure made of wood, dirt floors and a combination of thatched and metal roofs. Classrooms

were heavily congested due to overcrowding, making it difficult for students to focus and concentrate. Lack of light also

created a less than ideal learning environment. Additionally, there was not enough furniture, and what they did have would

barely last through a school year before the community would have to fix it or try and create temporary solutions.




We recognized and responded to the needs of Mok Chong by helping PoP and the community break ground

on a new 5-classroom school, the Mok Chong Pre and Primary School. Teachers, parents and community members

were dedicated and committed to the project, contributing up to 20 percent of resources and labor. The Ministry of

Education was also supportive throughout the build. After 5 months, we mounted the plaque, concluding tireless work to

build a school equipped with formal blackboards, benches, desks, doors, walls and windows. You, our customers, made

this school build possible for the students of Mok Chong and created a safe, strong structural foundation where

they will be able to learn and realize their potential and promise.



All Images courtesy of Nick Onken // Pencils of Promise