You must visit COPE while in Vientiane. It's an easy walk there too, and a great chance to see the outskirts of the city on foot.
The staff at COPE are super helpful and keen to answer any questions you have about their work. The video presentations are informative and you could easily spend a couple of hours watching them.
Visitors are free to stroll around the compound to watch amputees playing sport, games and getting about their business.
While there, you can make an online donation for their work. They also have excellent souvenir t-shirts at very reasonable prices ($7-8 USD) with all proceeds going to further their work.
It's a really informative start to a trip in Laos, and gives you great insight to the risk associated with so much unexploded ordinance, how it got there and what governments and NGOs are doing to help those people living in areas littered with live bombs.
The short video interviewing a mother and father about their 10 yo son who was killed while collecting scrap metal made us cry.
Such a humbling experience.
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