Every year, SAGE makes a number of donations to school libraries around the world through our annual Books for Schools programme. One recipient in 2011 was Big Brother Mouse in Laos.
They recently held a book party, and set up a book swap using the donation from SAGE in the village of Ban Dornna. At the end of the party, all the children got a free book of their own. For many this is the first book they have ever owned. More books are also left with the school, so the children can trade their book for a different one after they have read it. They left a total of 154 books. Here are a few pictures. On the Big Brother Mouse website there is a fuller description of what they do at these events. They told us:
It was an exciting day for all of the children, and we expect many of them will always remember it — both because they had fun, and for the magic of opening a fun book for the first time, and discovering the new world that opens up. Thank you for making this possible!