Supporting Literacy in Laos - 2013 Update

Another 3 book parties sponsored by TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles (thanks to our customers) were held on Feb. 7, March 14 and April 9, 2013 in 3 villages in rural Laos. At the end of each party, held at the village schools, all the kids get to choose a free book of their own in the Lao language, nearly always the first book they've ever owned. Then the book party team leaves more books with the school, so the students can trade their book for a different one after they've read it.

Reading aloud at a village school book party is one way to excite kids to read.
Along with the Jan. 7, 2013 book party sponsored by TAMMACHAT, we funded 1053 books from our 2012 donation. For each textile piece we sell, we donate a book to this project. Thank you! It's making a big difference in reducing literacy in Laos and in creating a reading culture.

On the Big Brother Mouse website, there's a fuller description of what happens at each of these events.

What Big Brother Mouse has done in the last 5 years

  • Held 903 book parties in village schools in Laos.
  • Donated 270,000 books to children.
  • Published 199 books.
  • Set up 191 village reading rooms.

What you can do to help

Enjoy inspirational photos from TAMMACHAT-sponsored book parties:
Reading is important for all children, but especially for opening doors for girls.