Ambassador Belinda Ante (10th from right), Madame Chanpheng Sivila, Director of the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center (LDWDC), representatives from the Philippine Embassy in Laos, SCK Group Laos, and the LDWDC held the Turnover Ceremony of the Home Biogas System for the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center on 11 September 2020 in Vientiane, Laos.
The Philippine Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, with support from SCK Group Laos, turned over a Home Biogas System to the Lao Disabled Women’s Development on 11 September 2020.The turnover ceremony was attended by Embassy personnel, members of the LDWDC, and representatives from SCK Group Laos.
During the turnover ceremony, Madame Chanpheng Sivila, Director of the LDWDC, expressed her appreciation to Post and to SCK Group for the donation of the system, since this would allow the Center to cut costs, namely purchasing coal every month, and would also allow them to use the system’s by-product, liquid fertilizer, in its gardens to grow vegetables. Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador Belinda Ante spoke about the longstanding partnership between the Embassy and LDWDC, and mentioned that the turnover ceremony was the Embassy’s way to introduce a new partnership between the LDWDC and SCK Group. Lastly, Mr. Damon Sayavong, General Manager of the SCK Group, talked about the company’s purpose in Laos to assist in poverty alleviation efforts, particularly in the remote areas and the disadvantaged communities. The ceremony ended with the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation by Madame Chanpheng to the Embassy and SCK Group.
The ceremony was followed by a short tour of the Center and the Home Biogas System that was already installed by SCK Group. The Home Biogas System is a unit that produces cooking gas and liquid fertilizer with food waste that is naturally broken down by bacteria. The unit provided by SCK Group to the LDWDC would be able to produce seven (7) hours of cooking gas to the seventy (70) staff and trainees living in the Center.
(Left photo) The Home Biogas System 7.0 produces seven hours of cooking gas, as well as liquid fertilizer, from food waste (photo courtesy of SCK Group Laos); (Right photo) Mr. Damon Sayavong explains how the Home Biogas System works during the tour of the unit at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center.
The LDWDC was formed in 1990 with the aim of advocating the rights, recognition, and equal opportunity of disabled women. The group’s center was established in 2001, after the Law on Disability was passed, and this is where women with disabilities are trained in vocational skills, such as sewing and weaving, and life skills.
SCK Group was founded in February 2020 and the company provides business development and management consulting, IT solutions, manufacturing and distribution, LED lighting and solutions, creative design and branding, and biogas. The SCK Group provides Home Biogas Systems to homes, schools and companies in Laos, with the purpose of lessening reliance on coal and liquid petroleum gas, and to minimize waste. As of August 2020, SCK Group has already installed 32 systems in Laos. The END.