Logo of Big Brother Mouse, publishing books in Laos

Every donation helps

In the long run, our vision is that books and quality education will be an important part of Lao culture, parents will have enough income to buy books for their children, and a company like Big Brother Mouse can be self-sustaining. Right now, when the average annual income in Laos is about $2000 U.S. per year, we welcome your support as we work toward that goal.

Children at a rural book party in Laos

In most cases, the simplest and best way to donate is through the Laos Literacy Project, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501-c-3 organization in the United States which sends 100% of your donation directly to Big Brother Mouse. Click this button to donate, using PayPal or a major credit card, through the secure PayPal site. If you would prefer to donate directly, with a bank transfer, please read further.

From Australia, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland: You can contribute through an affiliate with a tax-deductible status in these countries; for details click the country: Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland.

$1900 U.S. provides a scholarship, including room and board, for a young adult

At our Big Sister Mouse learning center, we're developing education methods of a different sort: Not memorizing facts from a teacher or textbook, but hands-on activities; thinking about ideas through reading, discussion, and writing; and taking on projects, such as devising and testing out ways to build interest in reading. Young adults in Laos are eager to acquire skills that can get them a job, and our focus is helping future teachers acquire skills that will help children develop their full range of abilities; then they can get a teaching job at our school, or elsewhere. A one-year scholarship supports a young adult through this program for 12 months.

$1,000-$3,500 U.S. will sponsor a new book.

Each new book costs about $2,000-$6,000 U.S., but we can pay some of that, and other overhead, from sales. A sponsorship of just $1,000-$3,500 U.S. is all that's needed to bring a new book into Laos. Books that need sponsors.

$9,000-11,000 U.S. will build one room in a new school.

Our Big Sister Mouse school consists of two buildings on the outskirts of Luang Prabang. Soon we'd like to build a middle school so that after grade five, children can continue in our program. The site is big enough, but we don't have construction funds. We're also ready to build a primary school for another village. If you'd like to support something more ambitious, in terms of both cost and impact, this is an opportunity to make an enormous difference in the lives of hundreds of children. (Read about Big Sister Mouse.) Please contact us, if you'd like to know what we're able to consider right now.

How to donate

By major credit card or PayPal: You may use the button at the top of the page to donate to the Laos Literacy Project, a non-profit, tax-exempt (501-c-3) organization in the USA. For American taxpayers, these contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The Laos Literacy Project was created to provide support for Big Brother Mouse and our work in Laos. It is volunteer-staffed. The small overhead costs of the organization are paid by the founders; all of your donation, except for the standard fee taken by credit card companies, will go to Big Brother Mouse in Laos.

By check (US dollars): Donations can also be made by check to the Laos Literacy Project. For American taxpayers, they are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To donate: Checks may be sent to:
        Laos Literacy Project
        11 Blackstone St. #8
        Cambridge, MA 02139
        United States
Please enclose your name, address, and email address if available, and make checks payable to Laos Literacy Project.

By bank transfer: Donations can be made by bank transfer directly to Big Brother Mouse in Laos. Because of the bank fees involved (which vary by bank and by country), this is usually best only if you are donating more than $1,200, and you will not benefit from U.S. or Australian tax deductions. Please see notes below about "Reporting."

To donate: Here is the information your bank will need:
    Beneficiary Bank:
      Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao
      No.1 Pangkham St., Vientiane Lao PDR.
      *(P.O. Box 2925)
      Account no: 050-12-01-001583000-01
      Swift code: COEBLALA
      *Bank Tel: (856 21) 213200, 213201, 223243, Fax: (856 21) 213202
    Recipient's Name:
      Big Brother Mouse
      Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang Province
      *(856) 71 254-937
    (*Asterisked items are not are not normally requested or needed, but requirements sometimes vary by bank or country.)


We like to know who's helping us get books to kids in Laos! If you use the PayPal DONATE button above, we'll know. PayPal provides your name and email address. We will record your donation, in your name.

If you donate in any other way (a transfer to our bank; a check mailed to Laos Literacy Project; or through the Global Development Fund), and would like us to record the donation in your name, please send us an email after you make the donation, giving the amount, date, your name, and how the donation was made (for example, "by credit card to Global Development Group"). This is particularly necessary if you are sponsoring a book (we want to thank you, unless you prefer to remain anonymous), or if you're sponsoring a book party and would like to get a report about it, or would like to attend. Thank you!