LAOS 2013

Over spring break, Video Art teacher Cheri Gaulke teamed with Emmy Award-winning journalist Jeff MacIntyre and historian Alethea Tyner Paradis to take 11 Harvard-Westlake students to Laos under the guidance of Friendship Tours World Travel. Their mission: to document the plight of the Laotian people as they face daily maiming or death from unexploded bombs left over from the Vietnam War. The students, along with the Laotian organization Give Children a Choice, helped raise more than $3,300 to purchase a tractor for a the Yelee Family, whom they met and interviewed during their trip. Mr. Yelee lost his legs in an explosion and was afraid he wouldn’t be able to earn money for his family. Today, Mr. Yelee feels that he can make money by helping fellow villagers clear their rice fields, retrieving water from the nearby stream to their home, transporting products to market. As a result, he is more confident that he can help meet his family’s needs.


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