March 8, 2014 is International Women's Day. Help empower women farmers in Laos by donating to Vets Without Borders.



Ms. Latee joined Vets without Borders’ Primary Animal Healthworker (PAHW) training program last year. She knows her fellow villagers of Paksapkao well and understands the problems they face keeping livestock healthy and well-fed, especially in Laos' long dry season. As a public health volunteer, Ms Latee was excited about helping the community through vaccination campaigns for children, and wanted to also learn about how to keep animals in her village healthy.

Today, Ms. Latee is the "go-to" person for advice and care of livestock and dogs and cats. As a woman, she feels empowered as a PAHW and can give advice to keep livestock healthy, and in turn, help families stay financially stable.

When she walks around the village she often gets stopped along the way to give advice, and this January she even earned the "Most Helpful PAHW" reward. Now that farmers have seen the success of prevention and treatment, the village chief sometimes help poorer families pay for treatments.  Ms. Latee's one wish for her future work as a PAHW is that more people are trained, so that she can have help, especially with the larger animals!

Take time this Women's Day to thank the women in your life by making a donation to Vets without Borders’s Laos campaign, so that more women like Ms. Latee can improve the livelihoods of their families and communities.

Copyright © 2014 Veterinarians without Borders / Vétérinaires sans frontières - Canada, All rights reserved.