Project News

The Pump For the Main Water Supply for the MiVAC Site

There is a pond which is 500 metres from the MiVAC block at Ban Xai which is being developed into a Model Farm.  The water is there all-year-round but the site is 20 metres lower than where we want the water. The MiVAC Project Officer, Steve Carroll,  bought a Chinese

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Australian Site Supervisors for the Ban Xai Project

The following appeal was sent out far and wide in the middle of July. “MiVAC needs Volunteer Project Managers for 2 months at a time in Laos. Steve Carroll and his wife Dorene have finished their stint and have got MiVACs Humanitarian Project off to a great start. Right now

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John Salter and John Tick Visited Ban Xai

John Tick is MiVAC’s representative in Western Australia. However he is much more, a Vietnam Veteran, a Tunnel Rat, a Civil Engineer and has a life-long friend in John Salter. John Salter is a Vietnam Veteran having won the Military Cross at the battle Coral/Balmoral, he has considerable expertise in

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The Cattle Shed at Ban Xai and MiVAC’s Sign

Any visitors to Phonsovan will see the MiVAC sign in the main street opposite the Nice Hotel.  The sign invites people to make inquiries within where they will be met by a relation of Yang’s (our Lao Manager) who runs a tourist company for Yang. Visitors will be told about

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School at Pong Hor gets a Concrete Floor

The Eastern end of Ban Xai is a small village known as Pong Hor. This one room school is for the first year of children going to school so they are about 6 to 7 to 8 years old. After they complete this year they can then go to the

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The Garden that Steve planted at Ban Xai

Before Steve and Dorene Carroll moved on to their well-deserved holiday in July 2012 they planted a garden at the MiVAC  block at Ban Xai. MiVAC eventually wants to have the garden operating as a profit centre for the village. It will be well watered (irrigated in the dry season)

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Building a Bio Sand Filter (BSF) to purify water

Anthony Higgs has been a lifelong friend of Andrew MacGregor, Sandy’s son, and when Anthony described his work to Sandy in SE Asia about building Bio Sand Filters (BSF) to purify water Sandy immediately introduced Anthony to Steve Carroll. Arrangements were made to have Anthony come to Ban Xai, source

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