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 Assistance Programs in 2010 

   

Assistance Committee Motions First Quarter 2010

 

 

 

Quarter Total = $    9,642.80
 

Areas of Operation:

 

- Thailand                                   $ 6,610.20

- Laos                                         $ 1,400.00

- Student Aid Fund                       $ 1,632.60

- Total ACA Funded Projects to date       $ 40,904.33

 

 
Grand Total to Date =  $ 267,635.61
 
 
Motion 01-10 Quality of Life
Budget Amount  =  $ 1,895.00  Actual Amount  =  $ 1,250.96
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
 
A. Recommend 3500 baht($110.00) be approved to purchase 22 kindergarten sleeping mats for Ban Na
Ratchakwai Noi  elementary School. These mats will replace those purchased 5-6 years ago.
 
B. Recommend 2500 baht ($765.00) be approved to purchase 28 kindergarten sleeping mats for Nong
Nang Don Elementary School. This will be a first time for this school.
 
C. Recommend 9600 baht ($295.00) be approved to purchase 6 cement tables and benches for Na Deua
 Elementary School. This will provide seating for all students and complete this project.
 
D. Recommend 15,500 baht ($475.00)  be approved to purchase 10 cement tables and benches for
Wang Gra Sae Elementary School. This will provide full seating for this lunch area.
 
E. Recommend approval of 8,000 baht ($250.00) to purchase two water filter units for Phon Suwang
Elementary School
 
Exchange Rate 32.78 baht per 1 USD 2 January 2010
 
 
Motion 02-10 Medical Assistance
Budget Amount  =  $ 305.00  Actual Amount  =  $ 300.98
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
               
Recommend 10,000 baht ($305.00) be approved to continue funding medical assistance for Siriluk and
 Nawaphon. Siriluk travels to Ubon every 2-3 weeks for treatment at a cost of 1500-2000 baht for each
trip and Nawaphon will be traveling to Khon Kaen for surgery this month.
Exchange Rate = 32.78 baht per 1 USD.
 
Motion 03-10 Student Aid Fund Withdrawal
Budget Amount = $ 560.00  Actual Amount =  $ 541.80
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A. Recommend 18,000 baht ($560.00)be approved to fund the continuing Student scholarship program.
 
   High School Students: 12  (@ 1,000 Baht per month each)
    1. Amnuay Pilan              
    2. Amporn Athan              
    3. Chatdree Srika            
    4. Daroonee Jantana          
    5. Gasida Yamsin             
    6. Pataya Kawnsai            
    7. Phuvadon Thumtheang      
    8. Sirlinda Toomsan         
    9. Siripong Yapong          
   10.Surasuk Paravan           
   11. Wanida Hoomphang         
   12. Wasan Phaoom             
 
   College Students: 3  (@ 2,000 Baht per month each)
   1. Achara Newkanyan    
   2. Prawanee Jaikang    
   3. Sangdao Wichasaa    
 
Exchange Rate = 32.78 baht per 1 USD 2 January 2010
 
 
Motion 04-10 Chom Thong Primary School, Laos
Budget Amount = $1,400.00
 
Mac Thompson has made the following motion:
 
PROPOSED:  That up to $1,400 be approved for repairs and modification of a school building at the Chom
Thong Primary School, Muang Kham District, Xieng Khouang Province, for use as a combined Life Skills
assembly and meeting hall and workshop room.
 
BACKGROUND:  The Chom Thong Primary School is located in the town of Muang Kham, about one hour
east of Phon Savanh, the provincial capital.  (This town was more commonly known as "Ban Ban" 40 years
ago.)The school has three buildings, with 11 classrooms and 12 teachers and 298 students;
 
One building is 12 years old, with a concrete floor and brick-cement plaster walls, tin roof, 40 meters
long with five rooms of which one is a classroom, one room is used as a library.  The building has cracks
in floor and walls. The doors and windows are askew and hard to open due to earth settling and cracking.
The surface of the earth in many places in Kham District is unstable volcanic soil and cracks in buildings
often happen. This leads to problems for building construction unless larger reinforced concrete footing,
flooring and columns are used.
 
Funding is requested to rebuild/repair three rooms and convert them to a assembly hall / meeting / 
workshop room. Labor to be provided by the villagers.
 
The tin roof can be used for 2-3 more years.  
 
IMPLEMENTATION:   The funds would be delivered to the representative of the Xieng Khouang PES
(Provincial Education Service), Mr Soundeuan, during a visit to the school, in the presence of the school
director and local district officials. Mr Soundeuan has suggested a change to the local handling of funds
which we think is good.  The funds will be put in a PES bank account and set up with a four-person
sign-off for activity plan and for budget disbursement, including one each from: the PES, DEB
(District Education Bureau) Kham, the school principal, and Soundeuan to disperse and follow-up on
construction.
  
As an aside, Mr Soundeuan has proven himself very capable in handling such projects funded by the
TLCB.  He has already supervised two such in the past, Ban Phosy, Motion #39-08 and Ban Phak Khae,
Motion 16-08.  In addition, he accompanied  Art Crisfield and myself on the overnight trip in June 2009
to Muang Mok to investigate a potential project there, and  subsequently recommended against funding it,
at that time.  He is careful with TLCB funds.
 
Travel is planned for mid-January 2010 in conjunction with a completion inspection of the Ban Pakhe
Dorm II follow-on project, Motion 28-09.
 
RECOMMENDATION:  That the project as described above be approved
 
 
Motion 05-10 Quality of Life
Budget Amount =  $ 1,467.00  Actual Amount  =  $ 1,462.01
 
John Middlewood has made the following motions:
 
A.  Move that 15,500 baht ($470.00) be approved to purchase 10 cement tables and benches for Nong 
Yang Sin School.  This will complete this project.
 
B.  I move that not more than 8000 baht ($242.00) be approved to purchase materials to put in a new
classroom ceiling in the building we have been rehabing at Nong Ya Sai Elementary School. This is
another piece in a continuing suport to build  additional classrooms for this school.
 
C. Purchase materials to rehab and tile three kindergarden classrooms at Ku Ru Kook School; at a cost
not to exceed 25,000 baht. (755.00) This school has a new principal that we have followed from another
school. This is her first effort at improving  this school and I expect we will be helping her in the future.
 
Exchange rate a/o 2 Feb 2010 = 33.14 thb per usd.
 
 
Motion 06-10 Special Pla Pak Noi Project 
Budget Amount  = $ 1,660.00  Actual Amount  =  $ 1,540.92
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion to complete the project started with Motion 31-09 Special
Pla Pak Noi Project :
 
A.  Move that not more than 55,000 baht ($1,660.00) be approved for the special school construction
project at Pla Pak  Noi elementary school. This will provide about 350 square yards of cement floor for
the new building.
 
Exchange Rate a\o 2 Feb 2010 = 33.14 thb per usd.
 
 
Motion 07-10 Student Aid Funding
Budget Amount  =  $ 545.00  Actual Amount   =  $ 542.70
 
John Middlewood has mad the following motion to fund the Student Aid Program:
 
A. Move that 18,000 baht ($545.00) be approved for the continued support of students in high school
and college.
 
  High School Students: 12  (@ 1,000 Baht per month each)
    1. Amnuay Pilan              
    2. Amporn Athan              
    3. Chatdree Srika            
    4. Daroonee Jantana          
    5. Gasida Yamsin             
    6. Pataya Kawnsai            
    7. Phuvadon Thumtheang      
    8. Sirlinda Toomsan         
    9. Siripong Yapong          
   10.Surasuk Paravan           
   11. Wanida Hoomphang         
   12. Wasan Phaoom             
 
   College Students: 3  (@ 2,000 Baht per month each)
   1. Achara Newkanyan    
   2. Prawanee Jaikang    
   3. Sangdao Wichasaa    
 
 
Exchange Rate a\o 2 Feb 2010 is 33.14 thb per usd.
 
Motion 08-10 Udorn Project
Budgeted Amount = $ 700.00  Actual Amount = $ 700.00
 
Mac Thompson has mad the following proposal for Udorn.  
 
Udorn, some TLCB members might ask?  Why not?  Let's get something cranked up again if possible.
We've been out of there for several years now since the bust up with the VFW there.  Fine, no problem
with that, but this proposal has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE VFW.  They are completely out of the picture.
 
PROPOSED:  That the TLCB co-fund a project at the Ban Charoen Suk School, Amphur Nam Som,
 Udorn,  Lat/Long:  17-46-40N 102-08-18E. [check it out on Google Earth]  The TLCB contribution would
be for $700.
 
BACKGROUND:   A site visit was made by Udorn residents Mike and Niyom Cosenza on 7 December 2009.
 
The school is about 35 years old and in pretty bad shape.  It is located about 1-1/2 hours drive northwest 
of Udorn city up towards the Lao border.  The school has two buildings, the original wooden classroom 
and a newer concrete one which also houses the admin offices of the school. The school has 83 
students (Kindergarten 1 & 2, and Primary Grades 1-6)  and five teachers.  The majority of the students 
have no parents remaining in the village and are being cared for by relatives.  The parents are working in 
other parts of the country or have just walked away from them.  The situation at the school is pretty grim 
with little to no money coming from the government.  The government typically shells out baht 10 per 
student per day for lunch, however, for whatever reason, that money is no longer forthcoming thus 
forcing the teachers to buy food for the children.   They have done this over the recent past but can 
no longer afford to carry on so.  
 
The teachers have organized the children to take care of many of their own needs.  They are  growing 
their own vegetables and raising fish in a local pond to help feed themselves.  One boy student was 
trained how to cut hair and is now the official barber for the boys.  A girl student handles the same 
job for the girls.  The classrooms are passable but they are dire need of chairs for the students, as 
most are broken or about on their last legs.
  
Priority for funding will be, with the children first, as follows:
 
1.   jackets, shoes, and socks for all the students
2.   60 classroom chairs
3.   water pump, hose, and fittings to irrigate their gardens with water from the pond.
4.   cement to allow them a clean hard surface around the flagpole.  This area is now dirt.  Sand and 
gravel to be provided by the villagers 
5.   enamel paint and primer for the flag pole
 
All labor will be provided by the villagers or other volunteers.
 
Mike and Niyom Cosenza knew an American in Udorn very well, this man, Gary, died in 2009 and 
bequeathed about $3,500 to the Cosenzas to provide for "good works" in the Udorn area.  Note that the 
Udorn VFW is not involved in any way in this project, the group has not performed any community 
development effort for the past several years.  This new project will be a strictly private effort between 
the Cosenzas and the TLCB.
 
Mike and Niyom made an initial distribution at the school on Christmas Day of the following items:
 
--  Shoes (1 pr each)/Socks (2 pr each) -  baht 13,276 (83 students) 
--  Chairs Plastic (60 each) -  baht 5,100 
--  Bikes (6) - baht 7,400  [done by a drawing, one for each class] 
--  Jackets - baht 9,800 (83 students) 
--  Games Educational (Kindergarten) - baht 1,000
--  plus some miscellaneous items
 
Total:  about baht 38,000, approximately $1,550
 
Items remaining and proposed for TLCB funding:
 
--  cement
--  water pump, pipe, and fittings for the school garden
 
Several photos attached of the school and the Christmas Day distribution.
 
IMPLEMENTATION:
 
This area which the teachers want the concrete for is the assembly area where all the students and 
teachers gather before class to pledge their allegiance to the King take attendance.  It's an important 
part of the daily school life.  The area is also used for play time during class recess. Mike met with the 
owner of a local Home Mart outlet (similar, but smaller, than Home Depot in the U.S.) to ask for some 
help with the cement.  The owner advised that he would be happy to help supply the cement at below 
cost and transport it free to the school.  Mike was floored because the other help offered was going to 
cost me 65,000B!!!
 
1.  Dimensions of assembly area to be covered in concrete:  19 meters x 31 meters  x 10cm thick
2.  Bags of Portland cement (Tiger Brand):  300 bags @ baht 100 per bag = baht 30,000
3.  Transportation to school:  FREE, provided by Home Mart
4.  All labor to be provided by local volunteers
5.  To save money the teachers will use bamboo as reinforcing material in the concrete instead of steel
6.  The teachers/villagers will obtain the sand and stone themselves
7.  A water pump to irrigate the veggie/fruit garden (food for the students) will cost an additional baht 5,000
 
NOTE:  Total comes to baht 35,000 or about $1,070. The Home Mart manager is offering to make up
the difference between the TLCB allocation and this amount.
 
RECOMMENDATION:
 
That the sum of $700 be allocated for the Ban Charoen Suk School, Amphur Nam Som, Udorn.
 
 
Motion 09-10 Quality of Life
Budget Amount = $ 1,060.00  Actual Amount  = $ 1,050.77
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A.  I move that 15,500 baht  ($478.00) be approved to purchase and additional 10 dement table sets for 
Nong Sang Elementary School. The school has around two hundred students. These additional tables will 
provide seating for about 180 students. Their current dining area has no room for more tables at this time.
 
B.  I move that not more that 19,000 baht  ($585.00) be approved to purchase materials to complete 
classrooms and health station at Nong Ya Sai Elementary School. This will complete a project that has 
been in the mill for about 10 months now.
 
Exchange rate as of 1 March 2010:  32.53 tbh per one usd.
 
 
Motion 10-10 Medical Assistance
Budget Amount = $ 308.00
Actual  Amount  = $ 304.56
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A.  I move that 10,000 baht  ($308.00) be approved for medical assistance. We currently have three 
children two going to Khon Kaen and one to Ubon on a regular basis.   All other students that TLCB has 
assisted are cured and no longer have to go or on an annual checkup.
 
Exchange rate as of 1 March 2010 is 32.53 thb per usd.
 
 
Motion 11-10 Student Aid Expenditure
Budget Amount = $ 554.00  Actual Amount = $ 548.10
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion
 
A.  I move that 18,000 baht ($554.00)  be approved for the student assistance program. This will be the 
last for this school year.  April will be a closed month for the schools and May will begin the new school 
year. At that time a new list of students will be submitted for approval.
 
Exchange Rate as of 1 March 2010 = 32.53 thb per usd.
 
 High School Students: 12  (@ 1,000 Baht per month each)
    1. Amnuay Pilan              
    2. Amporn Athan              
    3. Chatdree Srika            
    4. Daroonee Jantana          
    5. Gasida Yamsin             
    6. Pataya Kawnsai            
    7. Phuvadon Thumtheang      
    8. Sirlinda Toomsan         
    9. Siripong Yapong          
   10.Surasuk Paravan           
   11. Wanida Hoomphang         
   12. Wasan Phaoom             
 
   College Students: 3  (@ 2,000 Baht per month each)
   1. Achara Newkanyan    
   2. Prawanee Jaikang    
   3. Sangdao Wichasaa    
 
 

Assistance Committee Motions Second Quarter 2010

 

 

 

Quarter Total = $    12,449.33
 

Areas of Operation:

 

- Thailand                                   $ 3,119.87

- Laos                                         $ 1,750.00

- Student Aid Fund                       $ 2,579.46

- ACA Projects                            $ 5,000.00

- Total ACA Funded Projects to date       $ 45,904.33

 

 
Grand Total to Date =  $ 280,084.94
 
 
 
Motion 12-10:  Quality of Life
Budgeted Amount = $1,125.00 Actual $ 481.00*
 
*Note: Section C cancelled and replaced on motion 15-10
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A.  I move that not over 6300 baht ($200.00) be approved to purchase 30 sleeping mats and hygiene 
kits for pre-school students at Nong Bua Ratchakeai Nursery.
B.  I move that not more than 8400 bath ($ 265.00)  be approved for purchase of 40 sleeping mats and  
hygiene kits for pre school students at Sang Hin Nursery School.
C.  I move that not more that 21,000 baht  ($660.00) be approved to purchase materials to construct 
playground equipment for students at Sang Hin Nursery School. Materials will be provided and parents 
and villagers will construct the equipment following the plans of our completed project at Choak Amnuay 
Elementary School.
 
Exchange Rate 31.86 thb per 1 usd as of 5 April 2010
 
Motion 13-10:  Medical Assistance
Budgeted Amount = $ 315.00  Actual $ 306.38
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A.  I move that 10,000 baht ($315.00) be approved to assist children needing medical treatment at  
medical facilities away from Nakhon Phanom Province. We currently have three children making 
regular visits for treatments.
 
Exchange Rate 31.86 thb per 1 usd as of 5 April 2010.
 
 
Moton 14-10: Student Aid Fund for 2010-2011
Annual Budget = $7,540.00 
April Budget Amount $2,263.00 (May students plus EP Payment)  Actual $ 1,838.28
Monthly Draw Amount = 12,000 baht ($377.00) per month for 10 months
EP Payment 2 @ 60,000 baht each = 120,000 baht ($3,770.00)
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A.  I move that the following student assistance program be approved for the school year 2010-2011. 
Further move that the funds for the English Program be issued as follows: 60,000 baht for four students 
to be paid in April for the first semester and 60,000 for four students to be paid in October 2010 for the 
second semester. Second semester payments will be dependent upon  evaluation of first semester work. 
Funding for regular students will begin May 1.
 
2010-2011 School Year Students & Sponsors Recommended
Updated April 4, 2010
 
High School Students: 8 (@ 1,000 Baht per month each  $252..00) 
 
 Name                                    Grade           School
1. Chatdree Srika                    (11)            Wang Gra Sae
2. Darunee Chantana              (8)             Phon Pang
3. Gawida Soateeyam             (10)           Wang Gra Sae
4. Pataya Kawnsai                  (9)             Phon Pang
5. Sirlinda Toomsan                (9)             NKP High School
6. Siripong Yapong                 (11)           Wang Grasae
7. Sopha Inara                        (10)           Phon Pang
8. Wanida Hoomphong            (8)             Phon Pang                            
 
College Students: 2 (@ 2,000 Baht per month each)  $126.00 per month
 
1.  Achara Newkanyan             
2.  Sangdao Wichasaa          
 
English Program Students:  4@ 15,000 Baht per student per term.  2 terms = 120,000 Baht  ($3,770.00)
April payment = 60,000 baht  ($1,885.00) 
Oct. payment = 60,000 baht  ($1,885.00)
 
1. Chotiga Pimsri                       (7)          TLCB   NKP EP
2. Wipada Paetsuwa               (7)             TLCB   NKP EP
3. Nootjira Nilsakha                                  (7)          TLCB   NKP EP
4. Natiga Oiyavan                    (7)            TLCB    NKP EP
 
Note: These four students are the results of three years of TLCB (me) working with the teacher teaching 
English at this school. Soitong was the first and this is the next group All four tested within the top 15 
our of about 200 that tested.
 
Soitong has dropped herself. Conference with mother and father March 19 indicates that parents now have
enough money to pay for her costs. Since she is also from Kam Pawk School, they are more than willing 
to have her money given to another student from the same school.
 
Tuition can be paid one term at a time, so for those in the EP, four = 60,000 up front for full tuition 
per term.  Parents will have to come up with that, uniforms, clothes, transportation and meals at school. 
  
Chairman's note:  Only one EP student has a sponsor for one term , the other are to be paid out of 
donations made to the SAF by members who are not sponsoring a child.   This amount exceeds the 
amount donated in the current year and will have to be drawn from the reserve built up over the past 
two years.           
 
Exchange Rate 31.86 thb per 1 usd as of 5 April 2010.
 
 
Motion 15-10 Quality of Life
Budget Amount   = $1,393.00  Actual $ 1,370.30
Credit for 12-10 C = $  660.00
Net Amount         = $  733.00
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A. I move that not more than 17,400 baht ($540.00) be approved to purchase tile, cement and sand to 
rehab the kindergarten classrooms at  Choak Amnuay Elementary School
 
B. I move that not more than 4200 baht ($131.00) be approved to purchase three fans at 900 baht 
each, and 32 bibs with TLCB" stenciled on them for the nursery students at Nong Bua Ratchakwai 
Nursery School.
 
C. I move that not more than 5000 baht ($156.00) be approved to purchase educational materials to 
be used in the classrooms at Sang Hin Nursery School. Materials will be purchased by my wife, 
a kindergarten teacher for almost 20 years and presented to the Nursery School.
 
D. I move that not more than 14,000 baht ($435.00) be approved to purchase new sleeping mats (84) 
for the Ban Naratchakwai Nursery School. TLCB purchased sleeping mats for this nursery school 
about 4 years ago and most of them are worn out.
 
E.  I move that not more than 4200 baht  ($131.00) be approved to purchase hygiene kids for 84 
nursery children at Ban Naratchakwai Nursery. Kits include tooth brush, tooth paste, powder, face 
cloth, cup; all in an individual basket for each child.
 
F.  I request that Motion 12-10C for April be rescinded. The funds have not been withdrawn from
the bank as of yet. The school officials have not complied with the request to provide adequate 
documentation for the motion. Budgeted Amount = $ 660.00
 
Exchange Rate 32.215thb per 1 usd as of 4 May 2010
 
 
Motion 16-10 Student Aid Fund Withdrawal
Budget Amount = $ 374.00  Actual $ 372.30
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A.  I move that 12,000 baht be approved for the regular monthly stipend:
      -  for two college students at 2000 baht ($63.00) each, Total 4,000 baht ($ 125.00.)
      -  for 8 high school students at 1000 baht ($32.00) each, Total 8,000 baht ($ 249.00)
 
Conversion rate = 32.215 for 1 usd as of May 4 2010
 
 
 
 
Motion 17-10 Quality of Life
Budget Amount = $ 1,114.00 Actual $ 962.19
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A. Request not more than 13,400 baht ($ 420.00) be approved to purchase building supplies for 
Choak Amnuay in their continuing project of rehabbing classrooms and constructing a dining area 
and a kitchen.
B.  Request that not more than 5,000 baht ($ 157.00)  be approved to purchase educational classroom 
materials for Nong Bua Ratchakwai pre-school.
C.  Request not more than 9,000 baht ($ 283.00) be approved Yawt Chat K-9 School to purchase materials 
for their kindergarten classes: 35 sleeping mats at 5,600 baht; 35 bibs at 1,575. These items are stenciled 
very prominently with TLCB. In addition 35 hygiene kits at 1,750 baht. ($ 55.00).  Total = $ 338.00 
D.  Request not more than 4,700 baht ($ 148.00) be approved to purchase 85 bibs for Na Ratchakwai 
pre-school.  
E.  Request 1,600 baht ($ 51.00) be approved to purchase 10 sleeping mats for the kindergarten class 
at Nong Ya Sai Elementary School.
 
Conversion Rate a/o 24 May 2010 = 31.913THB per 1 USD.
 
 
 
Motion 18-10 Student Aid Withdrawal
Budget Amount = $ 377.00  Actual $ 368.88
 
John Middlewood has made the following motion:
 
A.  Request 12,000 baht ($ 377.00) be approved for the Student Assistance program for the month 
of June.  Also request the names be changed as indicated here: Gawida Soateeyam be removed 
and Sriuporn Koohnadee be added.  Gawida has completed grade 9 as required by Thai law and 
has decided not to continue her education but has gone to work.  Sriuporn, an entering 7th grader,
was selected by the principal as an extremely needy student with major medical problems in her family.  
Her father is extremely sick and mother is suffering from depression because of it. There currently is 
no income for the family.
 
Conversion Rate a/o 24 May 2010 is 31.913 THB per 1 USD.
 
 
 
Motion 19-10 Ban Phosy II, Roofing Tin and Concrete Floor, Muang Kham District, Xieng Khouang
Province, Laos
Budget Amount = $ 3,900.00
 
Total Project is being funded by the Air Commando Association, McCoskrie Threshold Foundation.  
The funds have already been received.
 
Mac Thompson has made the following motion:
 
PROPOSED:  That a sum of $3,900 be allocated for the provision of a concrete floor for one existing 
school building and the replacement of the tin roofing sheets of the same building.  We visited this school 
during our June 2009 trip.  
 
The Provincial Education Service's request for this project is below, as translated by TLCB member 
Art Crisfield, resident in Vientiane.  The project will be supervised by Mr Souneuan of the Service, 
the gentleman we have worked closely with on several efforts in this province.
 
This is, in effect, two sub-projects:  
A. -  $1,550 for the tin roofing sheets; 
B. -  $2,350 for the concrete floor of the same building.
 
BACKGROUND:   The TLCB funded the rehabilitation of another building at this school in early 2009, 
Motion #39-08, for use as a library and a Life-Skills study area.  
 
This village is about three km south of Moung Khoun (old Xieng Khouang Ville, L-03, the former XK 
provincial capital), a 30 minute drive south of Phonsavanh.  The earlier project funded for $1,512.  
NOTE:  There was a $250 donation for this project from an outside source, the cousin of a former 
USAID/Lao friend of mine and Art's.  The trip report with photos are online at:  
http://tlc-brotherhood.org/thare.html
 
IMPLENENTATION:  If approved, the funds will be transfered to Art then on to Mr Soundeuan for 
disbursement as needed to the District education officials.  A follow up visit by myself and Art will 
probably be made in August, altho Mr Soundeuan will be expected to make periodic site visits while 
the work is progressing.
 
Note, the funds requested, in U.S. $$$ terms, have been increased from when Art sent this to me in 
April.  Looks like the U.S. $$$ is falling behind the Lao kip, of all things.  Two years ago we were getting 
kip 10,000 to $1, last year it was kip 8,500.  Now the Lao National Bank rate is easing down to kip, 
8,200, which is what was used for this conversion.
 
RECOMMENDATION:  That the $3,900 be approved.
 
 
                                                                            Ministry of Education
Xieng Khouang Education Service
 
Integrated Life-Skills Program
 
Activity: Cement Floors and Re-roof tin sheets at Phosy Primary School, Khoun, Xieng Khouang.
 
I.  Background of School.
 
- The Phosy Primary School is located 42 Km. from Phonsavanh, Xieng Khouang. The school has one 
semi-permanent building and 2    permanent buildings with 11 classrooms and 12 teachers. 
- There are 294 students of whom 134 are girls. There are 22 kindergarten students.  Ethnic composition 
includes Hmong, Lao Phuan, and    Khamou.
- There are 29 students in Grade 4 and 32 in Grade 5.
- The semi-permanent building, built in 1993 with villager funding and labor, will have roofing sheets 
replaced and floors cemented. It has board walls and measures 32 m. long and 8,5 m. wide (including a 
2m. walkway). It has 4 classrooms. 
- The building is old but the structure is still sturdy. The roofing sheets have rusted and leak in many 
places. In times of high winds, some have been torn away due to rusted roofing nails. 
- Thus it is necessary to repair this building to prevent rain and wind damage to the wood structure 
underneath and to maintain a safe place for children to study. In addition, the sandy dirt floors must 
be cemented to prevent clouds of dust rising during student activities in the monsoon windy periods 
in the dry, cool time from October to February and hot time from March to May.
 
II. Photos of the Phosy School building is attached.
 
 
 
III. Construction materials needed for roofing and cementing floors :
Item         Materiel                    Quantity            Cost per unit    Total        Note
1             Swan Lao Tin          320 sheets                38,000   12,160,000              
2             Roofing nails           85 packs  6,000       510,000   
3             Labor                                                                                         By village
                                                                             12,670,000             
4             Cement    10 T        780,000                     7,800,000             
5             Coarse sand            16 m                            300,000 4,800,000             
6             Gravel (1-2 cm)       22 m                            300,000 6,600,000             
7             Binding Wire           8 Kg                               10,000      80,000            
8             Bamboo lattice                                                                          By village
9             Labor                                                                                         By village
Total                                                                      19,280,000            
 
 
 
Motion 20-10 Ban Naxaythong Primary School, Phou Kout District, Xieng Khouang Province
Budget Amount     = $2,850.00
ACA/MTF Funds    = $ 1,100.00
Assistance Funds  = $ 1,750.00
 
Mac Thompson has made the following motion:
 
PROPOSED:  That a sum of $2,850 be allocated for the Ban Naxaythong Primary School in Phou 
Kout District, just 45 minutes west of Phonsavanh on the PDJ.  This is for a concrete floor for an 
existing wooden building.  We visited this school during our January 2010 trip.  The trip report with 
photos are online at:  http://tlc-brotherhood.org/thare.html
 
The Provincial Education Service's request for this project is below, as translated by TLCB member 
Art Crisfield, resident in Vientiane.  The project will be supervised by Mr Souneuan of the Service, 
the gentleman we have worked closely with on several efforts in this province.
 
IMPLENENTATION:  If approved, the funds will be transfered to Art then on to Mr Soundeuan for 
disbursement as needed to the District education officials.  A follow up visit by myself and Art will 
probably be made in August, altho Mr Soundeuan will be expected to make periodic site visits while 
the work is progressing.
 
Note, the funds requested, in U.S. $$$ terms, have been increased from when Art sent this to me in 
April.  Looks like the U.S. $$$ is falling behind the Lao kip, of all things.  Two years ago we were getting
kip 10,000 to $1, last year it was kip 8,500.  Now the Lao National Bank rate is easing down to kip, 
8,200, which is what was used for this conversion.
 
RECOMMENDATION:  That the $2,850 be approved.
 
                                                                            Ministry of Education
Xieng Khouang Education Service
 
Integrated Life-Skills Program
 
Activity: Cementing Floors at Naxaythong Primary School, Phou Kout, Xieng Khouang
 
I: School Background :
 
- The Naxaythong Primary School is located about 38 Km. from Phonsavanh in Phoukout District.
   It has 2 semi-permanent buildings, with 8 classes for the 5 Primary grades and 9 teachers.  
- There are 158 students of whom 82 are girls. Kindergarten students number 17.
- In the Life-Skills Program, there are 33 students in Grade 4 and 31 students in Grade 5.
- The dirt floors to be cemented are in semi-permanent buildings, with board walls and roofed  
with tin sheets. They are 42 m. long, 7.5 m. wide of which 1.5 m. is a roofed walkway in front   
of the 6 classrooms. They were built with funding and labor of Naxaythong villagers. 
- At present, one 6-room building has 5 classrooms. One room will be used as a center for     
teaching and practicing Life-Skills activities. At present, the dry, sandy, dirt floors in these  classrooms 
are very dusty for teachers and students all year long. Any movement in them  causes clouds of dust to 
rise. Every year, in the cold season, the northeast monsoon blows  through the classrooms from October
 to February and in the dry season, the southwest monsoon blows through from March to May, from 
the opposite direction.
 
II. Photos of the classroom building with floors to be cemented: Attached  
 
III. Construction materials required:
Item         Material                   Quantity      Cost per item      Amount    Note
1             Cement    12 T        780,000                                    9,360,000              
2             Coarse sand            20 m               300,000           6,000,000 
3             1-2 cm gravel          26 m               300,000           7,800,000 
4             Binding wire            10 kg                 10,000              100,000 
5             Bamboo lattice                                                                        By village
6             Labor                                                                                       By village
               Total                                      23,260,000 Kip        
 
Phonsasvanh, 19 / 01 / 2010
         Draftsman                                             Architect                                   Reporter
Mr. Souksavanh Thepthida                      Mr. Bounkhong              Mr. Soundeuan Simsamay           
Province Construction Office                        Province Architect                Program Liaison
 
    

 

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