Archive | Ban Xai



  We have had some celebrations in Ban Xai over the last week. On Friday 8th November, we were pleased to sign the certificate of Practical Completion for Phase two of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Lao government (Reduction of Poverty). The formalities of signing over, it was time to celebrate, and this we […]

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A Sewing Venture in Ban Xai, Lao PDR

Last year I was fortunate to be able to represent MiVAC on a remote village site 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 development by introducing villagers to new business ventures. Rotary clubs from […]

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Wet - now happy and Dry

Wet and Shivering Children and Incinerator

It was the wet season in Xiengkhouang Province – raining almost daily and some days we couldn’t work. From Matt “Whilst building the toilets at Phoung Hor school one rainy day I noticed that all of the students were soaking wet and shivering. I asked why this was the case and was told that the […]

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The Much Maligned Biodigester

  The purpose of the Biodigester is multidimensional. The one at Ban Xai was conceived before electricity was in the village so the main reasons were to provide methane gas for cooking and heating, to save firewood, to provide an alternative to having unhealthy smoke filled houses and to provide the “liquid gold” (the processed […]

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Changes in Staffing at Ban Xai

      There has been a number of changes in staffing at MiVAC’s Ban Xai project. Steve Carroll who was Projects Director and Projects Manager has been replaced by Rob Woolley as Projects Director (Rob is MiVAC’s Founding Director or Trustee) and by Michael Weibler as Projects Manager. You might remember that Michael is […]

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Fish Security Cover

More input from Matt Pittendreigh

Fish Security MiVAC is experimenting with the density of fish that can be grown in an artificial environment – a concrete tank. We have a long way to go before we can pass on to the locals of how they can make money growing and selling fish. The fish that was supposed to be in […]

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The tank in Position with Matt on the left

Matt Pittendreigh – A Ban Xai Volunteer.

     Water and Toilets for Pong Hor School   Matt Pittendreigh is a Military Engineer – a Sapper is a better name. He met Sandy MacGregor in his Combat Engineer Regiment just before his deployment to Afghanistan. Over a few beers in the canteen Sandy talked about MiVAC. When Matt had completed his deployment […]

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6. John Salter in full flight on Presentation Day

The Ban Xai Annual Report – Sandy MacGregor

The Ban Xai Annual Report In June 2013 John Salter delivered MiVAC’s Annual Report to assembled representatives of Phoukood District and Xiengkhouang MoFA. The day started at the MiVAC Farm at Ban Xai where Yang gave a briefing of what had been achieved outside the farm. This was followed by John Salter showing the workings […]

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b. The same Buddhist Caves

Tourism not far from Phonsavan – Sandy MacGregor

  On the Sunday afternoon my brother Chris and I were taken past Ban Xai to the old CIA airstrip.  During the war the CIA using Hmong and Thai forces operated from three airfields. The one in the town of Phonsavan, the current airstrip called Xiengkhouang and this one which is about 40 km West […]

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