Tyson fell in love with Laos when he backpacked through that beautiful part of the world almost five years ago. One day on his travels, he took a nap and had a crazy dream. He dreamt of a way he could help the amazing people of Laos lift themselves out of poverty. When he awoke, the idea of building a social business in Laos was planted forever in his mind.
The recent history of Laos is heartbreaking; between 1964 and 1973, as part of its efforts during the Vietnam War, the U.S dropped 270 million cluster bombs on Laos. On average, that is one planeload of cluster bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for 9 straight years. This makes Laos the most bombed country per capita in the world. Many of these bombs did not explode, but remain littered throughout Laos waiting for unsuspecting victims - 40% of the children. This has left approximately one third of the country unsafe to travel into.
The people have Laos have spent the last 40 years focussed on simply rebuilding after the war and, as a result, has a serious clean water and sanitation crisis. According to Habitat for Humanity, under half of the population of Laos has access to clean safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities. Largely preventable diarrheal disease is the second biggest killer of children under five in Laos - almost 50% of Laos babies die before they reach their fifth birthday.
We believe clean water and sanitation are fundamental human rights, and our mission is to bring 1400 families on the Bolaven Plateau sanitary education and clean water by the end of 2014.
Learn more about how we plan on doing this.