Project News

Briefing on Progress at Ban Xai

Briefing on Progress at Ban Xai Peder Pedersen from The Charitable Fund suggested that we start now in briefing the Villagers on what we are doing at the Model Farm at Ban Xai.  On Thursday 8th November Michael and Yang briefed a group of Local Villagers, Foreign Affairs and Phoukood District

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MOU Signing by Phoukood District

MOU Signing by Phoukood District The saga of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) commenced back in April 2012.  MiVAC thought that when the MOU was signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in the Vientiane Government, that it was all finalised.  But … oh no ! This was when

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Donation of Educational Supplies

We (Sandy McGregor, Peter Maroney, Yang and I) arrived at the Ban Xai School (which can be easily seen from the Mivac site as it is “next door”) at 8am, only to be told by Yang that 8 am could really be 8.30am!  The School Director, Boar Hon arrived and

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School Desks and Chairs from Michael at HMP

School Desks and Chairs from Michael at HMP As you may know, Steve Carroll, when he was the Site Supervisor, built the new 2-room school at Hinmou Peung (HMP).  The purpose of this was so that the school could teach Years 1, 2, 3 and 4, so that 8 and

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Site Supervisor / Volunteers

Anyone interested in being a Site Supervisor or to be a Volunteer at Ban Xai know that we can offer some wonderful amenities, friendly neighbours and fantastic local support from our local MiVAC managers Yang and Moua. The latest amenities are what has turned BanXai into a home away from

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Construction of Biodigester underway.

The biodigester is well under way with the hole being dug by the people from the village. Timber, bags of cement and reinforcing material were purchased in Phonsovanh and delivered to site. The slab was formed up and poured on the 27th October with the help of Michael, Yang and

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Tank Stand and Shower Block

Tank Stand and Shower Block   Michael Weibler reports; I selected the site for the header tank stand near the toilet where the water pipe is located. I will use the tank stand to install a shower underneath and enclose it with a rendered block wall as per the toilets.

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The Villagers at Phong Hor are Now Using Toilets

Phong Hor is the Hmong “sub village” at the Eastern end of Ban Xai. There are no toilets there until MiVAC supplied the material to build them. The idea was that that the villagers would install the toilets themselves. This has now been done by the villagers without supervision (it

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The Bush Fence Didn’t Keep the Cattle Out

The best laid plans of “mice and men” go astray sometimes.  When Steve Carroll left Ban Xai in June 2012 he had planted a magnificent garden – much of the garden was in Cassava so that MiVAC would have a really good crop ready to feed the pigs when we

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