Honda Nakseangchanh, Laos


As a boy growing up in Vientiane province in Laos, Honda Nakseangchanh knew he had to find a way out of the grinding poverty that had trapped his family for generations. Employment opportunities outside of farming were few. Honda’s father, a farmer, struggled to raise a family with seven children but was able to send Honda, the youngest, to school.

When Honda finished high school, pursuing a college degree was a luxury his family could not afford. Yet, he recognized education was the way out of poverty and and found an opportunity through DDD’s work-study program. As part of the work-study program, Honda received intensive training in English, life skills and personal effectiveness, subsidized school fees, and health and accident insurance.

Soon, Honda was working as a Data Management Operator (DMO) at DDD’s office in Vientiane, where he has excelled at digitization and archiving projects for global clients. “Before DDD, I didn’t know anything about computers,” he said. “DDD is the best place for young people like me to start professional work, continue learning and improve ourselves and our lives,” he said.

In addition to working at DDD, Honda now attends the National University of Laos majoring in Computer Science. Honda feels confident that after graduating from university and leaving DDD, he will find a high-paying job where he can be successful, provide a better life for his family, and inspire young men and women from his community.