Poom Loom uses a unique participatory grassroots development model by integrating service with curriculum in the Laotian context. Poom Loom connects Laotian college students with rural villagers to address community needs through sustainable development, education, and income generation initiatives focusing on the preservation of Laotian culture.
WE EDUCATE, ENGAGE, AND EMPOWER
Poom Loom engages students with one another, with rural villagers, with village teachers and administrators, with monks and nuns, with international workers and students, and with leaders of private businesses and non-governmental
Students work in teams and then engage with villagers to address rural needs. This empowers students as leaders, while villagers gain earning power through selling sustainable products.
College students are engaged with primary and secondary students and community members in development projects. Thus far, our 3,500 hours of community service have delivered:
- 400 books to 4 rural schools
- Reading Corners and libraries
- Traditional medicinal plant production for
- Litter reduction campaigns
- community beautification projects
- Organic agriculture training for villagers