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Vocational Training for Poor Women with the Lao Women’s Union (LWU)
Since starting work in Laos in 2000, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA has been working with various branches of the Lao Women’s Union (LWU), especially in Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang and Xiangkhouang Provinces, to deliver vocational training for income generation. By giving women the skills they need to earn an income, they can independently lift themselves and their families out of poverty without needing ongoing charity....
Union Strengthening with the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU)
While the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is primarily an agricultural society, there are extensive mining and logging industries and more recently, work has begun on a number of World Bank and Asian Development Bank financed dams across tributaries of the Mekong river which will provide electricity for sale to neighboring Thailand.Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA works with the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU), with the support of international trade union networks as well as Australian trade unions and unionists to build national OH&S capacity. Laos has one of the highest occupational death rates in Asia with 28.8 fatalities per 100,000 people, around nine times higher than Australia. Combined with high levels of under-reporting, non-fatal but crippling occupational injuries and the lack of a social safety net the risk to workers is very high. Together, the LFTU and APHEDA are taking concrete actions to protect workers. ...
Teacher 2 Teacher
Since 2010, Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA has partnered with the Pakse Teacher Training College (PTTC) in Southern Laos. The college covers four provinces in the South, including Sekong province, which is overwhelmingly made up of ethnic minority groups with some of the worst educational outcomes in the country due to language barriers and its remoteness. ...