Community Learning International creates opportunities for disadvantaged communities, families and individuals to work to improve their lives.

Our on-going projects usually fall into three main groups, and are designed to reinforce and support one another to be as effective as possible:

  • Construction
  • Learning
  • Income generation


While not all CLI construction projects target schools, we do work to improve the limited formal education system in Laos by building schools, libraries, sanitation facilities, and dormitories (primarily for girls – so they have a safe place to sleep near school, as they currently travel far and sleep in makeshift shelters they build themselves). We also build the ever popular and successful Learning Centers (LCs).


Lao Children’s Library Boat - One of CLI’s most exciting programs is the Lao Children’s Library Boat, or simply put, the Book Boat. There are two CLI “book boats” taking Lao language books to villages along the Mekong River and its tributaries. The boats serve disadvantaged children in more than 100 riverside villages, who otherwise would never have books in their hands. Our boat staff also teach life skills classes and learning activities.

Learning Centers - CLI currently operates five fully-fledged Learning Centers (LC) in the District Towns of five rural Luang Prabang districts. We also have a small LC project in a sixth district, but as yet no LC building and so that location awaits construction funding so we can ramp up the activity.

Income Generation

While education for children is CLI’s primary focus, because we believe that ultimately is the strongest foundation for ending poverty, CLI has developed two family income projects that have a more immediate impact on family circumstances; they are weaving and coffee growing.

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New dormitory for Lao girls at Keng Khene

Thursday 8 May 2014

CLI has just completed another dormitory for girls from remote villages, so they can continue their education beyond village primary school. This dorm is at the Lower Secondary School at Keng Khene village. We hope to find funds to build two more dorms in the next 12 months. To find out more about our dormitories [...]

New library boat for Lao children!

Thursday 1 May 2014

This month CLI is launching our third Lao Children’s Library Boat. Bigger and faster, it will carry more books and reach villages further upstream on the Mekong River. It will be big enough to also contain tables, and will include solar panels to allow children to read and learn into the evening. We are urgently [...]