Few Hmong elders now living in America had the opportunity to attend school in Laos. Simply, none existed.
Fast forward 35 years later and some children are getting an education, but in rural areas, classes are held in huts.
The problem is they cannot withstand several months of the rainy season and other bad weather conditions, which means children are not learning.
In larger towns, five-room school buildings have been built all over, allowing children to go to school every day. Most have been donated by non-profit agencies around the world.
A Northcentral Wisconsin group called "The People to People Project" has funded two schools.
One was built for 150 students. After two years, 580 students are enrolled. There are so many students, the school day is split in half: 300 attend from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the other half from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"The People to People Project" board member Tim Mero says this is just the beginning of the organization's efforts. It hopes to not only continue to build schools, but also improve the quality of education.
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