Ambassador of the United States Daniel A. Clune traveled to Saysomboun and Vientiane Provinces from May 13-15 to meet with government officials and visit the Phu Bia Mine and local schools. In Saysomboun, Ambassador Clune visited Long Cheng District primary and secondary school, where he donated over 600 books, various school supplies, and athletic equipment.
The United States is committed to supporting the health and education of children in Laos. In October, the U.S. announced a $27 million contribution to the World Food Program (WFP), which will provide school meals and snacks to more than 190,000 school children in Laos over the next three years. Earlier this month, the United States announced a two-year $6 million child nutrition program designed to help reduce the rate of stunting in the Lao PDR.
“By supporting programs that keep children in school and keep them focused on learning, we are investing in the long-term economic and social development of Laos,” said the Ambassador. “We hope that through our assistance programs, we can play a part in the knowledge and skills development of future generations.”
In Saysomboun, Ambassador Clune met with Vice Governors Phoykham Houngbounyouang and Laopaoxiong Navongxay. In Vientiane Province, he met with Vice Governor Bounmy Phouthavong. Ambassador Clune and the Vice-Governors discussed U.S.-Lao cooperation and development in the provinces.
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