Life changed dramatically for Hum Noy (8) and his mother Duangmala when they were introduced to the Intellectual Disabilities Unit (IDU) based in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.
Born with Down Syndrome, Hum Noy found it difficult to communicate, was very isolated and becoming increasingly frustrated.
Now in his third year at the specialised school, currently the only program of its kind in Laos, he has made dramatic improvements. He has learnt many new skills and is now able to communicate with his family and friends and live a more active life.
The Intellectual Disabilities Unit based in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is supported by Caritas Australia and was set up by the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA). This specialised school provides learning support and nurturing care to 50 intellectually disabled children.