Laos Educational Opportunities Trust (LEOT) was established in 2006 when Laos was still relatively isolated from the rest of the world, with a small civil society sector and a limited number of NGOs compared to the rest of SE Asia. Few people were venturing to this green and beautiful country, and even less knew of the many challenges faced by the youth population. Alan Shiel was one of the few who did, and a chance meeting with a young Novice Monk resulted in the formation of LEOT upon his return home. What began as a simple scholarship for this Monk has since progressed to an entire school run by local Laos teachers, the establishment of capacity-building and community projects, the provision of electricity, and incredible strides in the areas of clean water & sanitation for both their students and the rural communities they support.
LEOT was founded in 2006 and is a UK-registered charity. LEOT holds an operating permit in Laos as a foreign NGO and has a Memorandum of Understanding with the government.