If you have been following my blog you will know I travelled to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in July/August last year 2011. See my post here https://thepatientdreamer.com/2011/08/20/the-children-of-laos/ While I bargained for gift items and enjoyed the quiet, simple life of a small village, I noticed there were no books to be found. Only when I was leaving did I manage to buy a children’s book at the airport in Luang Prabang. On my flight home I discovered in the back of the book there was a small publishing group trying to put books into the hands of children living in remote jungle areas, who would otherwise never see or own one. See here my interview with Sasha the founder of “Big Brother Mouse,”
Yesterday I received a lovely email from Siphone (one of Sasha’s staff) along with photos of the children who enjoyed my Picture Book Party that my contribution had helped. Looking at the children engrossed in the wonder of opening up a book for some of them it is the first time ever, it brought such a warm feeling and I am so happy I could have helped in some small way.
I thought I would share with you my email and a few of the photos that were sent to me….….
We recently held a book party, and set up a book swap (what we call a mini-library), using the donation you made to Big Brother Mouse.
Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Village: Ban Simoungkhoun,
Here are a few pictures from that day. On our website, as you probably know, there’s a fuller description of what we do at each of these events.
At the end of the party all the kids got a free book of their own, nearly always the first book they’ve ever owned. Then we left more books with the school, so they can trade their book for a different one after they’ve read it. We left a total of 205 books.
It was an exciting day for all of the children, and we expect many of them will always remember it — both because they had fun, and for the magic of opening a fun book for the first time, and discovering the new world that opens up. Thank you for making this possible!
We’re putting pictures from this event on our website, in our new Photo Album section, at:
My hope is that maybe somehow we can help put more books into the hands of these children, and I also hope that one day I can return with an armful of my own picture book to hand out to them. What a joy that will be!