COPE stands for Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise. This is a non-profit organisation in Laos which provides rehabilitation services to Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) survivors and other people with disabilities.
In Vientiane they have a visitor centre with a permanent exhibition about UXOs and their work with the survivors and other disabled persons.
I planned to visit this exhibition for an hour and stayed for the whole afternoon. The amount and quality of the provided information was stunning. The unknown history of the “secret war” made me speechless and the individual stories of some survivors touched my heart.
I loved the optimistic viewpoint which still dominated the exhibiotion and the many examples how COPE helps the victims in a simple and effective way.
If you would like to have more information about COPE or intend to support them, please visit their homepage: