The playground equipment was nonexistent when we arrived. Our team built a jungle gym that the locals can add to if they want. The children loved their new swings and climbing to the upper level.
This are the what the six existing classrooms looked like before. After many hours of scraping off dried papers and glue, this is what they looked like after three coats of yellow paint to three walls and and three coats of blue paint to one wall, new white boards, clean tables and benches, and clean chalk boards. We also supplied each teacher with a ton of teaching materials. The existing classrooms were not part of our original project, but we all know what a difference a little bit of paint and elbow grease can do.
At the end of our build, the locals had a ceremony for us which included speeches, dances, a ceremony where they blessed us and tied strings around our wrists for good luck, and a hearty meal of traditional Lao foods.