Book parties in Laos
We sometimes hear from people who know a particular village or school in Laos, and would like to sponsor a book party there. This may be possible, but it's more time-consuming and difficult. Even identifying a village can be a challenge. We encourage you to let us choose a worthy school, in the area where we're working at the time. That let's us get books into as many schools as possible, as fast as possible.
However, we understand that personal ties to a school or village may naturally make you eager to help it. When possible, we would like to accommodate such requests. However, this does involve more time and effort, and we are not a travel agency. We do not a staff to research a particular request, if nothing may come of it. So we have set up the following policy:
We will then research it, and decide if we can do a book party in that village. Some of the reasons we may not be able to accommodate your request are:
Your $500 donation includes enough to cover the time involved in this research, and some additional travel to get to the school. If additional travel expense would be involved, we'll let you know and you can decide whether you'd like to pay that, or would prefer that we go to a school that's closer. Destinations outside of Luang Prabang Province will usually require extra travel costs, unless we will soon be in that region anyway.
If we cannot go to the school or village you prefer, or if it would involve more additional costs that you wish to pay, then we'll use your donation for a school that's closer, and we'll send a report and photos afterward.
We realize that this may seem a bit complicated, but we find it is the best way to consider such requests, while being sure that our time is used productively. Thank you for your understanding!