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).
BEFORE THE SCHOOL BUILD
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.
AFTER THE SCHOOL BUILD
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.