If you support Big Brother Mouse, you'll be in good company
There are many worthwhile organizations that you can support with your donation. Here are some things we'd like you to know about Big Brother Mouse.
* Big Brother Mouse is a 100% Lao-owned and -staffed project. Sasha Alyson, the retired American publisher who acts as a full-time advisor, is an unpaid volunteer. All paid staff are Lao people. (The mouse works for free.) We keep overhead low, and much of our budget goes right to the printer.
* Bill Clinton thought we're important work in the field of literacy. At the first meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in Asia, Big Brother Mouse was one of three projects in Asia selected for special recognition at the opening plenary session. Bill Clinton made a presentation to Khamla Panyasouk and Sasha Alyson and spoke about the project.
* The Lonely Planet guidebook thinks we're doing a good job. If you're coming here you may have that guidebook, and you can see for yourself.
* Visitors like what they see. "This is one of those rare experiences that travellers search for but often miss on the mass tourist routes," writes Jo on Trip Advisor. On a blog, a visitor calls Big Brother Mouse "one of the best projects I've experienced in my time in SE Asia - many tried hard but didn't really deliver. This delivers!" Just search for "Big Brother Mouse, Laos" to see what others say.
* Trip Adviser agrees; take a look at their site.
* Many newspapers and magazines have written about us. Here's a story in the Christian Science Monitor.
* We're accountable. Unless you request otherwise, every donation of USD $80 or more is used to set up a reading program at a primary school. ($80 covers one classroom, $200 co-sponsors a school, $400 starts an entire school.) We'll email you a report and photos after the event, and post it in our Photo Album, with a thank-you to the sponsors. If you sponsor a book, we'll send you copies when it's printed, and we'd like to thank you in the book and on our website. If you prefer to remain anonymous, just let us know.