Attapeu – effondrement d’un barrage


inondation à Attapeu

Un barrage s’est effondré lundi soir 23 juillet dans la province d’Attapeu, au Laos. La catastrophe s’est produite dans le district de Sanamxay, un district qui jouxte le Cambodge. Situé à l’ouest de la capitale provinciale, ce district a été le premier où le SFE ait travaillé dans cette province, en dehors de l’hôpital provincial où il a commencé son action.

L’inondation a touché 7 villages et affecté près de 12’000 personnes.

Les premiers secours sont gérés par les services de l’État.

Le SFE et d’autres ONG vont être impliqués à moyen terme au secours de ces milliers de familles qui ont tout perdu. Nous sollicitons des dons spécifiques pour cette action d’urgence, qui va s’étaler sur plusieurs mois, pour permettre au SFE d’apporter sa contribution aux sinistrés.

Avec la saison des pluies, ces rescapés se retrouvent donc dans une situation extrêmement vulnérable. Nos équipes ont décidé de soutenir les efforts des secours et d'accompagner les autorités pour aller prêter main forte sur les lieux de la catastrophe, et pour fournir du matériel de premier secours (filtres à eau, moustiquaires, réchauds, etc...) dans les jours qui viennent.

Quelques photos de l'évacuation et du barrage

Localisation des deux principaux villages touchés:

  • Ban Mai [14.7057792,106.4960721] – sur la route 18A, à une dizaine de km du chef-lieu de district de Sanamxay (lui-même situé un peu plus de 30 km à l’ouest d’Attapeu)

  • Hinlad [14.7472193,106.4849099] – environ 5 km au nord de Ban Mai

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New hospital project

Sekong : the medical project started a month ago as it was planned. Training for manager nurses has begun in order to train them in team and service management. Two French couples – doctor and dentists- are planning to come over again for a short term mission at the end of the month; they will complete the training of the dentists, radiologists and ophthalmologist of the hospital.


Nouveau collaborateur

Étienne et Laure-Lise Moret, from Switzerland, are flying to Vientiane on the 3nd of December. Étienne will be in charge of the admnistrative sector of SFE head office


The community health program still continues at the same time with a good participation of the people in some 20 villages of the province. The working conditions of our teams are demanding due to the remote location of the villages and the poor road conditions.


News December 2013

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New community developement agriculture project

The activity focussed on the development of the silk sector in the district of Thateng has led to the self-reliance of families from now on managing themselves the production.

The SFE team is now pursuing its action with a community agricultural development project that has been started last August. 6000 villagers of the district of Tatheng can benefit of training, material as well as technical support. The expected result will be the improvement of agricultural production, the access to water supply and the development of small husbandries. Various activities will enable families to ensure their self-reliance and food security.

Two expatriates together with 11 local employees (staff) are carrying out all these activities and the beginnings are promising

New phase in community development project

the Community Health Development Project is continuing with a second phase concerning 13 new villages.

During the first phase, 2010-2013, the percentage of people suffering of intestinal parasites (worms) has been reduced from 62% to 32%, these rates are to be put in parallel with the fact that 94% of the families are using toilets versus 3% in 2010. To be noted also, that more than 67% of the population knows how to treat diarrhea versus 27% in 2010.

The training of health volunteers in each village is a major point of our engagement on the ground.

News July-August 2013


Attapeu : 15 years of cooperation with the provincial hospital

The hospital project started in 1998 has come to an end in July 2013 after 15 years of a fruitful cooperation. SFE is focused now on community projects in more remoted areas. Phase II of the community project will be started this autumn. David Mallow, the new German collaborator will be joining and reinforcing the team while Ruth Marcasi has moved to Sekong where she will be involved in a hospital project

From the silk project to a community agricultural development project

The silk project has also come to an end earlier this year (February). All the producing families that wished it have been offered a contract with MSL, which will buy their silk production and ensure the follow-up.

SFE is preparing a new community agricultural project that includes the training of adults.

News January-February 2012

News (beginning of 2012)

The Kapue Silk Project

As part of its rural development work, the SFE used a theatre group from Vientiane for un unusual training project. Mid-December drama was used on several consecutive nights in the villages with which the SFE is working. That was a different way of demonstrating the main steps to the villagers should use when raising silkworms, winding good quality silk thread of and treating issues that can be encountered during production. This also reminds participants of this project’s main objectives which are that are acquisition of financial independence and the use of that to pay their children’s education of and facilitate easier access to health care. After each presentation the villagers were invited to come on stage and to answer questions about what they had seen and heard. Good participation with much laughter indicates that his approach is successful.

The <lang=”fr”>Attapeu nursing competition: 14th January

The SFE provides training for the nurses in district hospitals (about twice to three times a month) and in the provincial hospital (once a week). A competition is held annually to encourage and motivate nurses. SFE staff select those who should be rewarded and also asses the effectiveness of the training session. This is always a happy occasion and gifts, such as a nice SFE shirt for example, are distributed. Singing and a delicious meal create a pleasant atmosphere and the day terminates with the presentation of the long awaited diplomas.

Sekong: TB project

From 13th to 24th February French doctors came to help SFE for medical staff training in the Sekong hospital. This voluntary help, started in 1999 is always appreciated. This year, two dentists, an optician and a radiologist shared their knowledge with their counterparts in Laos. Many patients in the region benefited from medical and optical treatment. 420 patients were examined in eye clinics and about 45 kg of glasses from France were distributed free of charge.

Kapue Silk Project : a participant testifies

Témoignage d’une villageoise qui produit de la soie (source : blog d’Elise et Célio Nelson)

Five years ago SFE started a project to develop silk production in the Sekong province. There is a significant market for silk in Laos and neighboring countries. The project’s aim is to enable villagers to earn extra income and thereby improve their living conditions.

E. was only seven 7 years old when she terminated school. She would have liked to continue school but her family needed her for work. She was married when she was 17 and today at 22 she is the mother of a baby four months. She has been trained by SFE and is now integrated in the project.

« At first we did not want to raise silkworms because we were afraid of them! But on seeing that other villagers could earn additional income by producing silk, my parents encouraged me to participate. I find it is easier for raise silkworms rather than buffaloes! ”

She has now been producing silk for four years silk. Silk production can increase family income by up to 40 euros per month (In Laos, the average monthly wage is less than 30 euros per month). In addition to silk production the faeces of silkworm droppings are used for making tea! There is also a lucrative market for the caterpillars as these are delicious grilled! While the income from rice production is irregular and depends on the weather particularly during the harvesting time silk production assures a regular monthly income. Through this regular income E’s entire family benefits. Her family consists of seven people : her mother and father, two brothers, her husband, her baby and herself. Their living conditions have considerably improved.

“With this additional income we can purchase more: meat, clothes … But I have not yet been able to afford a television! ”

E. is one of the best in the village for silk production and has acquired autonomy by the means of this activity. She has learned how to reproduce silkworms and by so doing avoids the cost of buying them. On the other hand she does not maintain a plantation of mulberry trees and is therefore obligated to buy the mulberry leaves to feed her caterpillars. She still hopes to find extra time to do that and thereby further reduce costs. She has become independent and wishes to continue producing silk. She would like to return to school but does not think this will be possible. The entire family now depends on her.

“Life was hard before I had the opportunity of participating in the silk project. If I was not producing silk I would be growing vegetables but income from that is lower. I hope to continue producing silk »


News 2011

News 2011


AttapeuSaydonkhong”>Community Development Project

Mosquito nets received from the German embassy

Mosquito nets are an essential prevention tool against Malaria. The SFE community health development project received funds from the German Embassy to buy 550 long-lasting treated mosquito nets. These were distributed in all 10 project villages last December.

A visit to a remote village

On June 6, 2011, the Saydonkhong village health station, situated in the <lang=”fr”>Attapeu province, was officially opened. Building process took four months with much effort, as work had to be completed before the rains which came early this year making access roads to the village impassable. But the result is really convincing! The SFE has supported this project by providing materials and a team member to supervise the villagers during construction.

Discover road conditions at the beginning of the rainy season in this video clip (8 ‘)

Construction of the Saydonkhong health centre: Video clip (4’40 “)


Tuberculosis Project

Following the success in the <lang=”fr”>Attapeu province the proposed fight against tuberculosis has been “exported” to the neighboring province at the request of the provincial hospital in the Sekong province. So on April 28, after two years of preparation, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the first phase of the project was finally signed, for a period of three years. HAUT DE LA PAGE



On July 19 Elise Nelson and Celiowith their children joined the SFE. They are studying Lao in Vientiane until early November, before joining Nathaniel Rediger on the Kapu Rural Development Project.


On July 8, the Lebreuil family returned to Switzerland after two years working in the SFE headquarters in Vientiane. The SFE is considering the future of the rural development project (now mainly focused on sericulture) and how it can be diversified. In this context, Sophie Hege, an agricultural student came ina and provided valuable assistance in serving a six months period on the Kapeu farm.