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Why COPE Museum is special ?
COPE was formed in 1997 by agreement between the Ministry of Health of Lao PDR and a group of non-Government organisations including POWER, World Vision and Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics.
COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO survivors with the care and support they required, namely by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices.
COPE is now a local not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with the Centre of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) and provincial rehabilitation centres to provide access to both orthotic/prosthetic devices and rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paediatric services to people with disabilities.
What to explore at COPE Museum?
Take time to wander through the large free exhibit where you will learn about the UXO problem in Lao PDR and the work undertaken by COPE and the CMR to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs. As part of the exhibition you can watch a number of excellent documentary films about UXOs and COPE.
Inside the COPE Visitor Centre you will find our gift shop where you can purchase t-shirts, postcards, and other items or simply make a donation. You can also enjoy custom made ice cream and hot and cold drinks at the Karma Cafe. All money raised from the gift shop and the Karma Cafe go directly to funding COPE services.
How to get to COPE Museum?
The Centre of Medical Rehabilitation and the COPE Visitor Centre are located on Khouvieng Road, 1 km from the Talat Sao (Morning Market), and opposite Green Park Hotel.
Easy to reach by bicycle or tuk tuk. While many of the tuk tuk drivers know where we are, it is useful to write the letters COPE on a sheet of paper to show the driver. You could also borrow the COPE bicycles for free to ride back and explore the town.
- Interesting initiative, great project
- Humbling and Informative
- A small place with a HUGE impact
- Gain historical knowledge on LAO
- Great place to learn more Lao's history
Boulevard Khouvieng, Vientiane, Laos
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The COPE Visitor Centre is a reminder of what is bad and what is good in the world! The documentary explaining the problem of unexploded bombs and how it is being tackled is especially good. The centre itself, though small, is well set up and helps visitors understand the problem and shows how prosthetics help victims get on with their lives. Hamm's Story, an eight minute video is particularly compelling, though it is a sad, sad story. Yet in all of it, there is hope as bombs are being eliminated one at a time and victims are being helped one at a time. For people who wish to explore things at their own pace, this is a good place to go. If you have children, it's not overwhelming either as the free exhibit (and related short documentaries) can be seen in less than an hour.
Incredible experience. One of the best things in Vientiane