WIG Laos has announced that its annual WIG Bazaar will be held on Saturday, 11 November 2017 at the National University of Laos Faculty of Engineering, Sokpaluang Road, Vientiane from 10am to 5pm. The bazaar is an all-day family-oriented event, and provides an opportunity for new and old acquaintances alike to connect and enjoy a day out in a community setting.
In the preceding days, an estimated 200 stalls are erected under the trees and in the open spaces of the grounds, where local businesses, NGOs and diplomatic missions and embassies lay out their wares. There is food and drink from all over the globe, handicrafts from your favourite shops and social enterprises, examples of aid and development projects from all over Laos.
There are also live stage performances from schools, activity groups and entertainers from all corners of Vientiane. There is a raffle, with some spectacular prizes donated by shops, hotels and businesses, and a special Children’s Corner offering fun and games for kids, young and old.
The WIG Bazaar 2017 is sponsored by a number of local businesses, including Gold Level: Embassy of Luxembourg and Phu Bia Mining. The Bazaar is also supported by the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Laos.
To purchase a stall, interested parties can register at Joma Phonthan (Joma 2) on one of the stall sale dates on Friday, 20 October (9-11am); Monday, 23 October (1-3pm); Wednesday, 25 October (9-11am); Friday, 27 October (1-3pm).
WIG is also currently accepting donations of goods for the popular Second Hand Stall. Community members are welcome to donate clothing, books, bric-a-brac, household items, toys and more. Drop off points for donations are Common Grounds Café, Gringo’s Taco Bar, and Panyathip School.
WIG Laos, formerly the Women’s International Group, was founded in 1990 and is a voluntary group, administered and operated by its members on a voluntary basis. The group welcomes men and women of all nationalities to join together in Vientiane for a variety of social, welfare and cultural activities. The money raised from stall sales, WIG activities and donations from the vast majority of funds available for our welfare projects – in Education and Health – for the following year. Traditionally, these have included subsidizing transport, food and clothing for surgical patients in Vientiane and at provincial outreach clinics, providing materials to build schools, and other educational initiatives.