Australian Embassy 65th Anniversary Award 2017
The Australian Embassy to Laos on 26th of January awarded five awards to recognise outstanding contributions to Lao – Australian relations at its National Day and Lotus Director,Dr Phoudalay was one of those five people! Dr Phoudalay Lathvilavong has a long history of working with Australian Agricultural Experts to support small holder farming families and supporting girls’ education in southern Laos. Her award was to specifically to acknowledge her for the valuable contribution she has made. Dianne Gamage was honoured to be included in her supporting her nomination for the award and attending the award ceremony in Vientiane on Thursday January 26th this year.
Dr Phoudalay would like to personally thank Lotus supporters in Australia; especially members of St Therese’s primary school community for their generous support of the Lotus girls since it was founded in 2008. As she states “When we keep girls in school, we improve their life choices and opportunities and the community of St Therese’s can feel proud of their involvement and support.”
Australia remains one of Laos’ main development partners, with Australia’s programme focusing on education and human resource development, trade and business reform, rural development, and management of agricultural and natural resources.