Deak Kum Pa Orphanage is situated in Luang Prabang, a town of 40,000 residents in the centre of the northern regions of Laos, nestled between the Mekong River and the smaller tributary of Nham Khon.

Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so although Laos has been closed to tourists until the last decade, Luang Prabang is fast becoming popular on the backpacker trail.

For all of its beauty, Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world. Decades of conflict have earned Laos the title of the most bombed country in the world. However, it is a population with strong Buddhist beliefs and despite its turbulent history, all who have visited Laos will agree that the people are the warmest most welcoming you will meet anywhere in the world.

The conditions

Deak Kum Pa is now home to 600 children and this number is increasing.

The orphanage also operates as a school; positioned on the edge of the town, the very basic brick and concrete dormitories and school classrooms are set in grounds reached by dirt road and a wooden bridge.

With the inclusion of the very basic school services at Deak Kum Pa, these children can in some small way be considered fortunate; however the school is severely in need of additional staffing, resources and equipment.

The orphanage consists of children ranging from 6 – 19 years old and every year we bring in more young children, often just 6 or 7 years old.

How you can help

If you wish to donate more than $1,000 please email