Community Projects

When the decision was taken to build the Lodge on Don Daeng (at the time without electricity on the island), la Folie Team studied all possibilities for:
  • Sustaining the development of the island and welfare of its inhabitants
  • Encouraging the protection of the rich local culture and environment
The first step was to entrust local teams from the island and neighboring villages with most of the building works of the Lodge. In the same spirit, for its opening in 2007, the Lodge recruited and trained exclusively local staff, who now account for 98% of the team. Furthermore, many day to day measures or small projects have been set up:
  • small materials or equipment for schools
  • tree plantations
  • waste composting and recycling
  • donation of a “Green and Clean” price for the best taken care of properties
  • protection of local architecture
  • financial help to poor families to help them gaining access to electricity (the counterpart being community work hours)
  • improvement of walking/cycling paths and small river bridges
  • embankments protection by planting trees
  • Financial or technical help to population after climatic dramas (flooding, hurricanes etc.)
More ambitious projects have also been undertaken by the lodge, with the help of its guests and the villagers, to renovate schools and a dispensary. Lodge and guests bring the funding for materials and equipment, while the villagers bring the manpower, the whole project being followed through by the Lodge’s management. Some past and current projects are presented here below. All our guests are always welcome to support the projects.

Ban Boungkham School

Ban Boungkham is located on the South West coat of the island. With 7 classrooms, it welcomes the children from the four villages around. Setup of basic access to water, toilets, electricity, and a lot of renovations (floor, walls, roof) … Read More

Ban Bangxay school

Ban Bagxay is located south from the lodge, on Done Daeng island. The school construction began in 2005 but was never achieved. Therefore it was a chaotic place for pupils to study : no windows, no hard ground, and poor … Read More

Ban Peuayalo school

Located on the east side of Done Daeng island, Ban Peuayalo is a small village with 218 inhabitants. The existing school was built in 2001, with 4 class rooms made out from bamboo wood. The school urgently needed one more … Read More

Dispensary – First aid on the island

The only dispensary of the island, located in the middle of the island, was built in 1995 and suffered from the hard weather conditions through the years, as well as the lack of proper medical equipment and training for its … Read More

Ban Simungkhoun school

Ban Simungkhoun is a small village located South from the Lodge on Done Daeng island. In 2009, after the Kitsana storm brought devastation to the island, the wooden school was almost collapsing. The project started in 2009, with the guests … Read More