Phoukhood District – Red Letter Day

Folks I thought your good friend Geoff might appreciate the attached photos. His very generous donation paid for 6 kitchen work benches and 18 beds all made by a local “craftsman”, a mattress, blanket, pillow and mosquito net for each bed, drums and dippers for the 2 showers and 2 toilets, floor mats in the 3 kitchens, door […]

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The villagers and the visitors


REPORT ON SITE VISIT TO ANG VILLAGE – 4TH OCTOBER 2015 INTRODUCTION Ang Village is small community of approximately 150 inhabitants located some 15Km west of Phoukood town site. Access is via a narrow, winding and extremely rough road which becomes impassable during the wet season. In mid September of this year a torrential downpour […]

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“The Cyclist & The Singer” – “Tour Demine”

  David Murray arrived back to Sydney yesterday Monday 8th September 2014 safe and sound. That was quite an achievement for a 69 year old cyclist who was nearly killed when he was side swiped by a semi trailer at Penong in 2012. The road from Canberra to Sydney was extremely busy with traffic and […]

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A Small but Significant Step for “The Phoukood Project”

A Small but Significant Step for “The Phoukood Project” As most avid readers of MiVAC’s newsletter will know, at least the last three volunteer in Lao have spend many many hours drafting and reviewing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for MiVAC’s next project with various District, Provincial and Central government officials. That is still true […]

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The Cyclist and The Singer

Mateship This is a story about two Vietnam veterans, David Murray and Clarence Ormsby who met by chance in a caravan park north of Pine Creek a few hundred kilometres south of Darwin in July 2012. It is a story about two men an Australian and New Zealander who became friends and will team up […]

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Changeover of Volunteers at MiVAC House, Lao

Changeover of Volunteers at MiVAC House, Lao June 25 saw the arrival of Lee and I at MiVAC House in Phonsavan in Xieng Khouang Province, Lao. Following a much appreciated airport pick up by Malcolm and Vicky Cowan (the outgoing Volunteers) we enjoyed an orientation tour of the town of Phonsavan and MiVAC house which […]

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Article for MiVAC Newsletter – Ban Ang – Na Luang Section Police Station MiVAC BEATEN IN REGIONAL PÉTANQUE TOURNAMENT During the last MiVAC project (known as Phase 2) in Laos, MiVAC assisted the Chief of Police (Mr Boun Mee) of the Phoukood District by donating materials and labour to supply water from the nearby stream […]

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Report from Malcolm and Vicky Cowan

Volunteering, Phonsovan, May June 2014 Malcolm and Vicky Cowan In 2007 on a backpacking tour of SE Asia, we visited Phonsovan on the usual flying visit; a winding bus trip over the hills, a couple of nights at a guest house, a meal at Nisha’s Indian and Bamboozle and a tour of the Plain of […]

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A Sewing Venture in Ban Xai, Lao PDR

A Sewing Venture in Ban Xai, Lao PDR Last year I was fortunate to be able to represent MiVAC on the remote village site of Ban Xai in Lao People’s Democratic Republic.  MiVAC’s mission in the region is to reduce poverty by establishing better water supply, toilets and hygiene practices. MiVAC also is promoting economic […]

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MiVAC Residence – LAO PDR

THE MIVAC RESIDENCE AND OFFICE IN PHONSAVAN, LAOS Last year MiVAC established residential accommodation for the in-country Operations Manager in the town of Phonsavan.  We have taken a lease on a three- bedroom house near the centre of town. It has just about all of the home comforts that an expatriate manager and his partner […]

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