Our Community Programs
If you like textiles, you’ll love Laos!
We run a range of NGO style development programmes in Laos to further the development and education of Lao people. We receive many requests from visitors here how they can help support Lao people and these programmes are a great way to get involved and we will ensure that your money is spent exactly on what it is intended for.
East meets West fund
This is our fund to facilitate the further education of Luang Prabang based men and women. Many visitors to Luang Prabang are touched by the genuine enthusiasm of young people here to further their studies and want to help support them where they can.
This fund was set up to help bridge that gap and we work with selected schools and colleges to jointly choose appropriate classes for the selected individual to attend. We pay directly to the school and receive attendance reports from the school administration which we will share with you.
Fees for schools vary greatly and 3 month terms cost from $38 to $138. Classes run in the mornings, evenings and weekends, so students can balance working and studying life. Your donation contributes to our efforts to build brighter futures for young women and men of Laos.
Village Weaver Projects
Working in conjunction with The Lao National Tourism Administration, development agencies and the Lao Women’s Union we train artisans from remote areas in refresher natural dyes and weaving skills, product design and business related skills. Craftsmanship and tradition are combined with artistic creativity and market knowledge. Village based production alleviates poverty and brings a steady flow of income into the villages
We also have a Village Weaver intern programme where we bring young artisans from remote villages to our weaving centre in Luang Prabang to further develop their skills and knowledge.
Learn more about these projects and the different types of textiles the different ethnic groups of Laos produce
Fibre2Fabric is our non-profit gallery that focuses on handcrafted textiles from our Lao Heritage Textile Collection as a way to explore and explain Lao culture. Located above our Silk Road Cafe, our free to visit gallery is dedicated to documenting, exhibiting and upholding the social role and tradition of textiles in the Lao PDR. All exhibitions are in both Lao and English.
Our Lao Heritage Textile Collection is one of the largest private collection of antique textiles in Laos and is part of our mission to preserve Lao’s regional textile heritage.
Make a donation
Tax exempt donations
Ock Pop Tok can receive funds through the Luang Prabang Fund for Culture & Conservation (LPFCC), an American 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation. This independent organisation celebrates cultural and natural diversity in Luang Prabang and Laos through education, research and exhibitions. “LPFCC is able to serve as a fiscal sponsor to Laos based organisations wishing to receive tax-deductible contributions from US donors.”
Please contact us regarding making a donation through LPFCC as we must follow LPFCC guidlelines.