Private Handicrafts, Ceremony and Sign Language Tour
Private Handicrafts, Ceremony
and Sign Language Tour
Get a glimpse into the lives of inspirational women at LDWDC (Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre).
Join in a handicraft workshop, learn sign language, receive a traditional blessing
and savour an authentic Lao lunch.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Be part of the drive to empower Lao women with a visit to the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC). This non-profit organisation is run by Lao women with disabilities, for their female compatriots with disabilities. LDWDC provides the women with vocational training and guidance in life skills, enabling them to live independent lives.
Every day at the centre is a hive of activity with all sorts of handicrafts and training in action, whether it be sewing, weaving, recycling or paper making. You can also experience a traditional baci ceremony. A visit to LDWDC is an eye-opening and joyous experience that gives a deeper understanding into the lives of these inspirational women.
10:00 - 13:00
On arrival at LDWDC, you will most probably hear the word surn – this is the Lao word for ‘sit’, and the locals use it when inviting guests to join them in their homes for meals and other activities. It is a way of welcoming guests – and you can guarantee you will receive a warm welcome here. After meeting several of the trainers and students, you will be invited to surn with the paper product team. These skilled artisans will show you how to turn recycled newspapers into beautiful handicrafts to take home.
You then get the unique chance to learn sign language with a hearing-impaired person. To bring good luck to the rest of your journey, take part in a traditional baci ceremony. This centuries-old ceremony calls upon the spirts to bring health, wealth and happiness, and it involves tying delicate white cotton strings to bless the recipient.
Relax over a delicious, traditional lunch made with fresh vegetables from the garden. After your meal, there is free time to stroll through the garden, or play a game of pétanque before heading back to your hotel.