This year we made a donation to sponsor a book party and launch an entire reading program at a rural school in Laos. Here's the email update I recently received, along with pictures and a link to the page on the Big Brother Mouse website. These precious photos show the team reading aloud, talking about books, teaching songs about books and leading outdoor games. (I can't get enough!)
Wednesday, 25 December 2013, Huaihok Village, Khoun District, Xieng Khuang Province
With your help, we've set up a reading program in the primary school here. Many of these children won't be reading at first; reading skills are very weak, because they have so little practice. But now, with the very easy books that we provide, those skills will improve. To start off the new program, we held a book party for the children.
At the end of the party all the kids got to select a free book of their own, nearly always the first book they've ever owned. Then we left a set of books for every classroom, so they can have a reading time every day.