Lao Disabled Womens Development Center

Lao Disabled Womens Development Center, Vientiane: Address, Phone Number, Lao Disabled Womens Development Center Reviews: 5/5

Lao Disabled Womens Development Center

Lao Disabled Womens Development Center
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Disabled women come to the LDWDC from all over Laos for vocational training that gives them the skills and confidence to set up an independent life. Visit our Showroom to learn more about disability in Laos and shop for beautiful handicrafts. Take a tour to learn more about life at Centre, participate in a handicraft class or join us for a tasty lunch. Bookings are required for tours, lunch and the handicraft workshop.
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Nadinearchibald
Coochiemudlo Island, Australia14 contributions
Do not miss a visit when in Vientiane
Aug 2019 • Couples
A not-for-profit organization of disabled women for disabled women you will be absolutely amazed at what they achieve. Women with disabilities among the most vulnerable group of people in Laos. Here they are housed and educated learning to be self-supported in the community. A guide will take you round the organization and show you the skills they are learning. Fantastic products that they have made are also for sale. That is a small entrance fee or donation- you will just be amazed at their work
Written 7 August 2019
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Trekking
34 contributions
Empowering and moving experience
Oct 2018 • Solo
Today I had the honor to visit this remarkable establishment in Vientiane on my way to the Buddha Park. After watching a short video that helped me understand the programs history, objectives and results I was literally moved to tears. Afterwards I had the absolute pleasure to meet the women that started it all, my heart just melted, she is so inspiring, loving, involved and motivating. We were able to take a look around the classes being guided by the marvelous young lady responsible for marketing & tours. Of course I bought some adorable handicrafts that family and friends back home will love. Prices are much better than in the stores in town for items made with determination, grit and survival. A life changing experience, thank you.
Written 17 October 2018
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Daz A
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Amazing program for educating & connecting Women with Disabilities in Lao
Apr 2018 • Couples
Me and a friend did the Surn tour with lunch & handicraft class. We caught the number 14 bus from Talat Sao to the Thai border crossing, a 5 minute walk to the Centre

The staff in the showroom were very helpful and accommodating, showing us a video describing the Centre's history. The products they make are fantastic, sustainable & beautiful, and proceeds go back to the Centre's operations.

We then had a tour of the centre and saw the young girls who come to learn there making handicrafts & chatting with each other

The Women's Centre organised us an amazing lunch, with vegetarian options for my friend.

Thank you Lao Disabled Women's Centre, worth the trip!
Written 4 April 2018
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Brett H
Perth, Australia17 contributions
Must Do Visit
Mar 2017 • Solo
The Development Centre is a wonderful organisation that provides support and vocational training to disabled women from all parts of Laos.The video introduction to the centre gave me a great understanding as to why the centre exists. A tour of the facility put a smile on my face, not only because of the warmth of the people, but because you see the different skills that have been developed and the products being made. There is plenty to buy at the shop, and this all goes towards ensuring the sustainability of the centre. Although a way out of town, it was a very worthwhile visit and one that I don't believe people should miss.
Written 3 April 2017
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Thank you very much for your visit our Center and support tour activities. I am happy to meet you and your friends in our Center. I hope in the future we are meet you again.
Written 25 April 2017
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JeffGoodwin
Cardiff, UK270 contributions
Great charity work
Mar 2017 • Couples
You can email the office to make an appointment to have a look around. All the people there are disabled, and in a country like Laos this can make your life very difficult. It is worth going to see what they have and are doing to help women who need help all over the country. It is a 30 minute bus ride away and it is very easy to find. At time of writing the bus is 6000 kips per person for a 15 km ride single. Best bet is to get off at the friendship bridge on the 14 bus from Vientiane, have a coffee in the duty free shop, then just walk to the centre, it is about a 5 minute walk on your right. They do need every bodies help
Written 6 March 2017
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Thank you Jeff for your review and I hope in the future we have Sinok cafe in our showroom, you want need buy coffee at duty free shop I hope see you again please like our FB page Best regards
Written 23 March 2017
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Penny K
tamworth10 contributions
Clever women doing crafts - ability not disability on show
Feb 2017 • Couples
After a very warm welcome we were shown right through the centre, visiting every room where women were working on weaving silk fabric with intricate geometric patterns. We then saw them turning these into beautiful skirts. Some were using commercial flat bed machines, others were using singer treddle machines which had an electric motor added.
Others were making Lao pottery charcoal stoves which are still used in many Lao homes. Others were making paper products, heat mats, tissue box covers, cards, Christmas decorations & earings all from recycled paper, helping the environment as well as themselves.
It was hard to resist buying lots to take home to friends & family.
Written 16 February 2017
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Thank you for your shopping and support to our Center, This is very good idea for our team to development our product to small give for tourism to visit our Centre in the future Please visit our Centre again if you have travel in Lao again Take care
Written 23 March 2017
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playhound
Bangkok, Thailand13 contributions
Make the effort Make a difference
Jan 2017 • Friends
A must do activity in Vientiane

Fantastic experience at an inspiring center
Women with disabilities from all over Laos live and work at the centre

The tours take you through the different income generation projects and skills the young women learn

Its a wonderful and inspiring place to visit
The lunch is delicious and really authentic Lao food
The centre is out of town but its easy access by bus or tuk tuk on the way to the buddha park
You can also come straight from the border at the friendship bridge
Fantastic handicrafts that support the center and its community
The money from the tour goes straight to the centre
Written 24 January 2017
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Thank you so much for your visit our Centre and happy to know that you good experience Please like our Centre FB page See you again Best regards
Written 23 March 2017
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Thecatsmum4
Kettering, UK1,951 contributions
Good Cause that seems to have an impact
Dec 2016 • Couples
We visited as part of a private tour and were warmly greeted by all the staff, even though there were only two of us.

Having been set up in 2002 by women with disabilities, it offers the chance to todays disabled youngsters to learn skills that will hopefully, give them a sense of purpose and belonging in the future.

It was heartwarming to see the video of the work they do and the chances they give to the students.

We had a tour around the workshops showing the youngsters, dressmaking, crafting, making paper and weaving, ending in their shop where you just had to buy something,

Long may it continue the good work, disabled women helping the younger disabled women.
Written 13 January 2017
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Thank you very much for your join tour program at our Centre and support to product, I hope in the future this program could support more for women training in our Centre Happy to see you again Have a nice
Written 23 March 2017
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EllieMariposa
18 contributions
Inspiring place to visit and great handicraft class!
Oct 2016 • Couples
My husband and I visited the centre on our way to the Buddha Park to do a handicraft workshop. We were welcomed by the lovely Kinnalone, who showed us a short video about the centre's work and then took us on a tour. It was fascinating to hear about their work and the difference they've made to both the women's lives and perceptions of disability.

The handicraft workshop itself was great fun. Our teacher was incredibly patient and, despite our total lack of skill, thanks to her we ended up with a definitely passable coaster and pair of earrings.

Even if you can't spare the time for the workshop it's worth popping in to visit the shop where you can buy beautiful handicrafts for very good prices.

Written 26 October 2016
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I am very happy to know you and your husband in our Centre and thank you for your promotion our Centre to your friend, Please visit our Centre again if you have holiday and traveling in Lao Take care
Written 23 March 2017
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cosmicroy
London108 contributions
So glad I visited!
Oct 2016 • Couples
Part of our private guided tour in Vientiane was to the centre and our guide the lovely Mr Boutan spoke very highly of it and explained to us about the centre and what they did.

We received a very warm welcome on arrival and were shown around and had explained to us what the centre did for the disabled women which I thought was so nice.

From what we saw there, I personally was very moved with the wonderful work they do in training in IT and the handicrafts they produce there enabling the ladies to gain a valuable skill to enable them to become more independent.

The shop had their lovely products and whilst my partner went browsing and purchased a lovely hand weaved scarf, I watched a video that was playing about the centre which really got to me and made me all teary.

We will return to the centre in the near future and spend more time with the lovely people there as our visit was too short.

Please visit and support them, they are very special and doing great work for these disadvantaged ladies.

Written 18 October 2016
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Dear So glad, I am very good to know you and your family in our Center, That good idea gave to me for development tour activities in the future. Please visit our Center again if you travel in Lao Best regards
Written 25 April 2017
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