Located in Southeast Asia, the scenic country of Laos is home to 150 colorful ethnic groups, many who still follow ancient tribal traditions as they make their living off the land in the mountainous regions of the country. With sparse population and few natural resources Laos has not had the ability to adequately serve the ethnic groups living in the remote villages of the country.
The second poorest country in the region, Laos has high levels of malnutrition, inadequate sanitation and limited access to safe water. Many of the ethnic groups continue to practice slash and burn methods of agriculture on the steep slopes around their villages. Traditional crops, supplemented by the food they can collect from the jungle provides sustenance but not always balanced nutrition, especially for growing children.