Here is the content of an email that I received at work from a lovely lady that I work with. I asked if I could use it on here. She was pleased and if anyone wants to donate some money, contact me via email and I can give you details of a bank account to use, or you can donate directly to the Big Brother Mouse website.
As you may know, I am shortly going to Laos for a couple of weeks. My friend who I am travelling with has been to Laos several times and has told me about a wonderful programme that supplies books to Laos children called “Big Brother Mouse“. This is a Lao-based (in Luang Prabang), Lao-owned project which designs and produces educational & fun books for kids, most of whom have neven seen or owned a book.
Big Brother Mouse relies on donations to raise funds to sponsor book parties (at a cost of between $250 – $400 US) and you can see more info on what happens at book parties on their website. Laos volunteers then go into a rural village and hold a book party at a village school. The group talks to the kids about books, play games and then allows each of the kids (anywhere between 80 and 250) to select a book of their own to keep. They then leave about 50 other books for the teacher to begin a library.
When my friend visted Luang Prabang last year she bought some books from Big Brother Mouse, went to a local village on a trek, took her little bundle of books which cost a whole $11. The head man was summoned and they had a formal presentation of the books, followed by a wonderful lunch of simple local food.
Anyway, what I am getting around to asking is this – would you consider assisting me in raising enough funds for a book party as I would like to try and raise some funds to help this worthy cause. When I visit Laos in July I would love to be able to present some funds to Big Brother Mouse for a book party or two. For only $20, or $10 if you’re broke, we can provide enough money to give a lot of joy to a lot of kids.
Unfortunately we will be visiting in the ‘wet season’ and Big Brother Mouse won’t be able to organise a book party while we are there but we are giving them a digital camera and they have said they will send us photos of the book party they arrange with our donations so we can share the photos with all those who have donated funds.
I know its late notice as I leave on 1st July but I would appreciate any help you can give and thank you for taking the time to read my email.