Your donation helps us get books to kids in Laos
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.
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.
$1600 U.S. provides 12 months of teacher training
At our Big Sister Mouse schools, 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. But these are new ideas here. We take young adults who have a teaching certificate, but no experience with these approaches, and give them time to see and acquire skills that will help children develop their full range of abilities. This supports 12 months of such programs, which will often be split between two new teachers.
$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.
We now have three Big Sister Mouse schools in the Luang Prabang region, and will be setting up more. 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.
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.
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."
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!