Thomas and Lydia Nussbaumer
Joakim, Axel, Zoé, Lucy
The family Nussbaumer (French) arrived in Laos in
February 2014. Thomas and Lydia have worked for the Community
Agriculture and Development Project
. Thomas is a water and
environment engineer. He has setup the activities related to water and
irrigation, and managed the project as of May 2015. Lydia is a
teacher. She has been working at the planning and implementation of
the education sector in the project. They have now been based in
Vientiane since April 2018. Thomas is the SFE Country Representative
in Laos since June 2017. Lydia is involved with a group providing
vocational training for deaf people in collaboration with JOMA.
Thomas and Florence Steffen
Thomas (German) and Florence (French) arrived in
Vientiane on September 15, 2019. Thomas is in charge of administration
at office management in Vientiane
Florence performs some tasks related to the needs of the office,
especially linked to hospitality and communication. She also serves in
the prison ministry in Vientiane.
Va is an innovation advisor at SFE, focused on
reviewing the finance and accounting system. She first mapped the
finance and accounting system in order to document SFE’s processes and
identify opportunities for change. Now she is working with the team to
introduce changes using an inclusive, collaboration approach; she is
working to equip the team so that they they themselves be agents of
Va has a MSt in Social Innovation from the University of Cambridge.
Étienne was in charge of admnistration at our office
in Vientiane from December 2014 to May 2018. He is now providing
online support to the office in Vientiane from Switzerland.
Yannick et Célie Wagner
Yannick and Célie (both French) arrived in Laos in
February 2020. Yannick has a background in agriculture and Célie is a
nurse. They both have a degree in intercultural studies and are
involved in the implementation of new projects at Attapeu: the project
for the inclusion of people
and the project to support the nursing
Arnold et Monika Probst
Anais, Simeon, Matthieu
Arnold and Monika, a Swiss doctor and nurse/midwife,
arrived in Laos in 2016. They both share responsibility for the hospital
project in Sekong
. Their areas of expertise are the improvement
of the quality of care in the mother-child sector as well as the
adequacy of diagnosis and treatment of patients in hospitals. Arnold
is also the field representative of the SFE. They work in the Sekong
, of which Arnold is the responsible expatriate.
The family returned to Switzerland in October 2022.
Arnold is still supporting the projet part time from there.
Annecilia is a French nurse who arrived in Laos in
January 2022. After an introductory period in Vientiane, she joined
the hospital project
Sekong. She supports the local health staff in the activities related
to the community component.
Dawn Lewis, from the United States, has already
worked in Laos some 10 years ago. She arrived in June 2018 to take the
responsibility of the community
development project in Thatèng
. She is now working in the TerraCare
(in cooperation with TerraClear) to provide clean water
to the poorest people in the south of Laos.
Salavan – Health Education and Development Project
Colin and Alison Dudgeon
Colin and Alison Dudgeon (UK), administrator and
nurse/midwife, arrived in Laos in May 2017. They both work in the new
. Colin supports the Lao project manager in the
administration of the project, of which he is the responsible
expatriate. Alison trains the medical staff at the hospital.
Aude and Vanh Keovongkhot-Grosrenaud
Lucy, Léon, Lise
Vanh (Lao) provides
technical support to the project in the area of agriculture and in
water and sanitation for the project in Saravan. As he is Lao, his
perfect knowledge of the local culture is a real asset for SFE.
Aude (French) is a nurse. She takes care of the training of medical
staff and health voluntary workers in health centers and villages. She
has 6 years of experience in medical work in the context of
underpriviledged area of Laos.
Kareen (New Caledonia)
arrived in Laos in November 2019. She followed the work of the
logistician in the Vientiane office until June 2020. After that, she
continued her experience in Laos by joining the new community
project of Saravane.
Kareen will provide support in the
villages in the areas of water-sanitation and education.
Co-workers back home recently