Tourism, Poverty and the Luang Prabang Half Marathon
The upcoming Luang Prabang Half-Marathon is being held on the 20th of October 2019. It offers runners to choose from 21km, 14km, and 7km courses along the picturesque streets of Luang Prabang.
While Luang Prabang is also known as the UNESCO World Heritage City and is a hub to tourists from all over the world, there is still part of the local population that weren’t greatly uplifted from this boost in tourism. This part of the population still suffers from poverty and it is visible when they are not able to afford basic health treatments.
The Luang Prabang Half Marathon offers the general population to get healthier and train, while at the same time it donates the money collected from the registration to the Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC).
As the only pediatric facility in northern Laos, LFHC is working with local authorities and the community to make a sustainable, positive impact on the nation’s health. Best of all, as a teaching hospital, LFHC is training local doctors and nurses to improve the overall health of the nation’s north.
If you wish to support this cause, you may do so by registering for Luang Prabang Half Marathon (LPHM) on October 20 or donate directly at Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC).