global travel shot: children taking care of children, laos


I was at a local village primary school in Vang Vieng, Laos in December 2006. I saw this little girl and started talking to her. She kept frowning at me. I don’t think she understood a word I said and most probably thought I was cuckoo in the head for chatting away. I wanted to give her a big bear hug. Her threatening frown said “talk, but don’t you DARE hug me.” 🙂

Laos was then ranked 135 out of 177 countries in the 2004 Human Development Report and the most underdeveloped country in the Mekong region, ranking even lower than Cambodia and Vietnam. We bought stationery, posters and footballs to give to the children in the primary schools along the rural roads. Most of these schools receive no funding from government or otherwise and are community based projects.

It was a touching experience, seeing the children lined up outside their shack like classroom, barefoot and dirty, beaming from ear to ear at their newly acquired pencils and notebooks. Incredibly hungry to learn and exceedingly grateful for being given a chance.

4 thoughts on “global travel shot: children taking care of children, laos

    • Thank you! I guess I feel it is unnecessary to include bylines—because I took the image, like all the other images in this blog, and it’s my blog. 🙂


  1. . 🙂 may i suggest, adding a simple copyright symbol would’nt do any harm, being in this industry I know there are hoards of them in any photo department who wouldn’t think twice before right-clicking it and saving it


    • Thank you Bagchi. I do have the following statement: “© All content—text and photos (unless otherwise specified)—on this blog are copyrighted by Rama Arya and may not be used without explicit permission.” on my blog. But perhaps a copyright symbol on the images is also a good idea.



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