Your donation helps us get books to kids in Laos
In the long run, our vision is that books 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 median annual income in Laos is about $600-$800 U.S. per year, we cannot make books widely available without help. Where they can afford it, schools pay a part of the cost of their reading program and we use donations for the balance. For the poorest villages, we currently use donations for the full cost.
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.
$400 U.S. will sponsor a daily reading program in an entire school, and book party to launch it.
We'll go to a rural village, talk about books, and give 50 to 300 children the first book they've ever owned. Then we'll leave another 80-100 books with every classroom (average 400 books per school) so students can read every day. We'll send you a picture and report afterwards, and we'll post the pictures and report in our Photo Album, with a thank-you to the sponsor. See what happens at a book party!
$80 U.S. does all that for one classroom.
We'll combine five donations of $80 to get books into one more school. Every student gets a book, and every classroom begins a daily reading program. Afterward we'll send you a report and photos, and we'll post it in our Photo Album, with all donors acknowledged.
$200 U.S. will co-sponsor a reading program.
Increasingly, some Lao villages are able to contribute towards this program, and when that's the case, we ask that they do so. We can use a donation of $200 to get the program started (with a book party) in one of these villages. As with the full sponsorship, we'll send you a picture and report afterwards, and we'll post the pictures and report in our Photo Album, with a thank-you to the sponsor.
$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.
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!