Letters and comments
Naturally, we're excited about getting books to more places in Laos. So are people who have visited, helped us, and seen what we're doing. Here are some of their comments.
Our eight-year-old granddaughter Beth (1) thought the book party was the best bit of our trip round SE Asia (2) spoke for three-quarters of an hour about it in her class "show and tell" session. Most "Show and Tell" last about 2 minutes, but Beth was so articulate and enthusiastic, the class sat enthralled and her teacher let her run.
I visited BBM in Luang Prabang and then gave the books to a very thankful teacher. What bliss! In return they sang a song. I'm going to buy more books!
We bought a few of your books and donated them in villages. Teachers and students were thrilled!!!
My niece and I sponsored a book party in October and joined the team to visit a local village school. The calibre of the book party staff and their engagement with the pupils was impressive – the children hung on their every word of every story. They had the children in the palm of their hands – having fun and learning at the same time. My brief time with children in the classroom was memory that I will have forever- seeing that light bulb moment when the child understands what to do in the activity book and there face and eyes just light up. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to share your unique work.
We also both volunteered to teach English on a couple of afternoons and again these were enormously rewarding experiences for us and hopefully also for those seeking to expand their knowledge and English skills.
THANK YOU so very much for the four excellent Book Parties!! I had high expectations based on the good quality books that you produce and the team exceeded my expectations!
These children are from poor families, but now they have books to read and learn about
the world. Their reading skills have already improved a lot.
I just want you to know what an amazing experience our book party was. Thank you so much for coordinating it so we could go along with the team. Your team was phenomenal! They were organized, great with the kids, and excellent teachers. They were wonderful at letting me "help" and interact with the kids. I loved every second.
It was a great pleasure to meet you and to take part in several conversation classes [with young people practicing English] and a wonderful book party. These were amazing experiences for us, but far more importantly were clearly of transformative value for the Lao who were involved.
My husband and I volunteered at Big Brother Mouse in Luang Prabang last month, and we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your organization. Your mission is awesome, the feeling of the center inspiring, and the books you produce are culturally sensitive and beautiful. I so respected what you are doing that I have engaged my mother, a retired English teacher, in the idea of your book parties. Please know that she and I are talking about how to fundraise for book parties or other needs you might have.
We just wanted to say Thank You again for the wonderful experience in joining the book party in Ban Huag Lek. It has been one of the most memorable moments for us on our 3 month trip!
Fantastic program, we'd love to see something similar in our country.
My daughter is 2 year and 4 months old and she loves your books. She already knows the alphabet. Her favorite book is Fun With Fruit by Sonesulilat. She takes it to bed with her every night.
It is good to know there are people using their talents and initiative to promote literacy. I feel much more comfortable with the idea of giving books to children than promoting dependence with money gifts.
This is a fantastic project. I will teach my students back home about your great work.
I'm not usually excited to get email newletters. Yours is the exception. I was in Luang Praband for a couple of days in late October, and luckily encountered BBM and got on the mailing list. Your newsletter took me right back and reminded me what a great job you're doing there.
I had the pleasure of buying books (The Wonders of the World) from you and giving them as gifts for people who helped us during our stay. I gave one book on our last morning to an older woman who had shared her mat with me every morning when I was giving alms to the monks. She was so pleased as were the women around us with the book, everyone read the book, then a woman who spoke some English passed it back to me. When they realized I was giving the book to the oldest woman, she clapped her hands and the smiles were so real and large. That was such a powerful experience for me.
Yesterday, it was great to walk down the road, or pop into some of the neighbors houses, and see kids reading BBM books!
–Lloyd and Darlene, Tonsivit Vocational Center, Phonsavan, Xieng Khouang Province
This was my second visit. The kids loved the books, so I came back for more.
I bought 10 books in Luang Namtha and gave them away in villages, and kids LOVED it! Great idea!
Brilliant! I gave some of these books to a tribe who let us stay in their village. I gave them to the chief and 10 minutes later his children had stolen the books from him and were excitedly reading them. Great feeling, great work!