Update Ban Pa Nor

Dear our beloved friends and supporters

It has been quite a while and I hope you all are doing well.

I am writing to update you on our little village work. This year has become the 6th year we started our assistance in the village. The flowers plantation started in 2013 and the villagers have been continuing them beautifully.

Income generation and livelihood

Since the beginning of 2016 we stopped growing flowers in the village because of the dry season crisis, however this month we start planning them again after the rain – we have now 15,000 bulbs of gladiolus, and 5,000 bulbs of liatris. We now stick with two types of flowers that the villagers chose because they were successfully planted flowers for the past three years. This year we are planting in three more nearby villages one of which is in a secondary school and piloting the water irrigation system. I am travelling to Luang Prabang again to monitor the plantation in August.


We continue to provide Ban Pa Nor primary school lunches as part of the school and scholarship, as well as teacher’s education. This year we want to  support also students of the secondary school with scholarships.

Malibarn Flowershop

We are now on our second year. The social enterprises business has been running well. Some months we sold well; while some months not. We came up with a creative idea to also turn the upstairs space for holding a workshop to cover up our rent which went well i.e. we have been holding three flower arrangement workshops, and two tailor making workshops, and we will be organizing an art exhibition in October this year.

We also sub-contracted lovely café Maison Matilda to open a coffee shop and living in our little space to attract more customers and make a lovingly ambience.

I personally and ultimately thank you for all of you to always be there for me through thick and thin 🙂 After August, we will update you again once the flowers started to bloom.

With love always,

Pann Kamonrat

Water Pipeline for Ban Pa Nor

Since the start of the education initiative in the village of Ban Pa Nor, a lot has been achieved, please see here a summary: Ban Pa Nor Initiative.

In order to bring the project on a sustainable, self-supporting level, the villagers decided to increase flower cultivation up to an area of 1 hectare. With the sale of the flowers on this bigger scale, the villagers will be able to pay all school fees and materials in the long run.To make this feasible, an ecological water irrigation and pumping system shall be installed comprising:

  • a water pipeline of approx. 200 metres from a water source to the flower plantations, the water source is situated 100 metres below the irrigation area
  • a water pump powered by photovoltaic solar cells
  • a water irrigation system covering one hectare of flower beds.


Please support us in making this socially, ecologically and economically sustainable project real. By donating

  •        50 CHF,   50m² of the water irrigation and pumping system are financed
  •      100 CHF, 100m² of the water irrigation and pumping system are financed
  • 10’000 CHF, you are financing the whole construction of the water and pumping system powered by solar energy.

P1080543In the long run, this initiative shall be extended to neighbouring villages. Already today, neighbouring villagers come to Ban Pa Nor to learn about flower cultivation. The vision is that by 2020 five more villages in the North of Luang Prabang will have healthy children that know reading and writing, and that the region will blossom with flowers and income.

Individuals or organisations interested in supporting this education and direct private development aid initiative technically or by donating in kind are also cordially welcome (please contact us, see details below). There are further sponsorship opportunities that can be customized.

For donations (in CHF and EUR) please use our bank account at WIR-Bank Genossenschaft Switzerland:

Account owner:  EDUCATION FOR LIFE
IBAN CH37 0839 1670 4378 1180 0  |  BIC WIRBCHBB

Thank you very much!

All contributions arrive directly and unbureaucraticly in Ban Pa Nor.

In Switzerland, donations to above account are deductible from taxes, tax evidence documents will be sent out. Please indicate your email address on the payment order.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any questions and further information.

sonja.sutter@education-for-life.ch or email@education-for-life.ch


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Ban Pa Nor Initiative

Ban Pa Nor in the North of Luang Prabang is populated by the indigenous group of the „Khmu” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khmu_people). In this region, the illiteracy rate is very high. Since the start of the Ban Pa Nor education initiative that is strongly supported by Education for Life since 2012, a lot has been achieved:


  • A delapidated school was reconstructed, a kitchen was built
  • School fees for children of the poorest families have been and are being paid
  • School materials, medical and sanitary products, shoes and clothes are regularly delivered personally by members of Education for Life
  • Formerly undernourished school children receive now a healthy lunch every day (see Update of our lunch box initiative)
  • A fish pond was established to complement the lunch of the children
  • Since 2013 flowers have been cultivated and sold for income generation

Here you get an impression about the development in Ban Pa Nor:

Here you see the fish pond, diligent school children and some flower beds:

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Now, as a next step, water is needed, more specifically a water irrigation and a pumping system for improving income generation and thereby providing economic, social and ecological sustainability, see Water Pipeline for Ban Pa Nor.

Basic Facts about the Village Ban Pa Nor

  • Name Ban Pa Nor: meaning ‘Bamboo Forest’
  • Location: 20 km from Luang Prabang City, Luang Prabang Province, Laos
  • Ethnic make-up of the village: Khmu
  • Population: approx. 500, primary school children approx. 40 per year
  • Established since 1973 (moved from another location)
  • Raining season: from June to October
  • Languages: Khmu, Lao.
  • Income per person: 595 USD / year or 1.6 USD / day
  • Primary school fee for one child / year: 80 USD