Sombath Somphone Memorial Fund

Honouring Sombath's legacy for a bright future

An Inspiring Laotian Activist:

Sombath Somphone has devoted his entire life working to promote education and sustainable development among young people in Laos PDR. His enforced disappearance in 2012, tragically cut short this work. Supporting a long determined effort to tell his story and raise international awareness, Sombath’s wife, Ng Shui Meng, has written a book entitled Silencing of a Laotian Son – the Life, Work and Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone. The book was published in partnership with INEB and launched in Bangkok, Siam (Thailand) on 14 December, 2021. All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards the Sombath Somphone Memorial Fund to continue Sombath’s work and living legacy in Laos.

About the Fund:


1) Education – To provide full or partial scholarships, especially to marginalized children and young people seeking to complete their education in schools or colleges.

2) Community projects – To provide small grants to active young adults (up to 35 years of age) to initiate start-up work or activities for youth in community education or development.

3) To support organizations providing education or humanitarian relief for at risk children and families.

The Sombath Family will match each donation to the fund dollar for dollar.

 Awardees will be selected from countries in the Mekong Sub-Region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and southwest region China).

Ways to Support:

– Purchase Silencing of a Laotian Son (e-copy and paperback) and We Will Never Forgot (e-Book) through INEB’s website.

– Follow the Sombath Somphone & Beyond Project on Facebook

– Stay up to date by visiting Sombath’s offical website

– Donate directly to the Sombath Somphone Memorial Fund via INEB’s website*

*When making the donation, please specifically note that it is for the ‘Sombath Somphone Memorial Fund’


Call for Proposals: Sombath Somphone Memorial Fund 2024

INEB announces the availability of small grant funds through the Sombath Somphone Memorial Fund. Applications can be submitted by non-profit organizations, or small groups and individuals from countries in the Mekong Sub-Region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southwest region of China).