I travel to Lao several times a year on business and was often approached to sponsor a student there. My hesitation to do this proved me right as during the last year I received disturbing information. Some students , former Monks and Novices , met their sponsors at their former temples. But many of the students , now at University or Colleges in Vientiane showing not much interest to learn , but using the money for alcohol and drugs. Or in the case of former Novice Boun Lord Vat Nong temple , now studying at Lao American College in Vientiane , who was so insincere "collecting" 6(six) sponsorships for himself , each sponsor not knowing the other , which gives him now a monthly "income" of around 600$ per month, almost the twice the average yearly income in Lao.
This is a classical example how corrupt people become , abusing the generousity of visitors and sponsors.