“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
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Of course, dreams do not come true on their own, particularly when it comes to children, who are often rightly called the future of society. In poor countries like Laos, they don’t have a lobby to represent their interests. Just as with children in other countries, however, they should be given the chance to lead fulfilling lives.
A financial donation – whether large or small, regular or just once – helps Reading Elephant Laos to realise children’s dreams. You, too, may also want to give (back) something of what you have received in your life, or what you would naturally give to your own children at any time.
We guarantee that all grants and donations we receive from donors on site in Laos as well as from foreign supporters are used exclusively and completely for our charitable work to promote reading for disadvantaged children in the province of Bokeo.
For all donors from the SEPA region (all countries of the European Union as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) this is the most effective donation option. 100% of your donation will only reach our account here (PayPal or Betterplace charge fees!). You can transfer a one-time donation or set up a standing order in favor of our account.
Beneficiary Bank: Berliner Sparkasse
IBAN: DE53 1005 0000 0190 6292 23
BIC/Swift Code: BELADEBEXXX
Recipient’s Name: Books for Laos e. V.
If you have a PayPal account, you can donate directly via the secure PayPal website using the button below.
Donate through the crowd funding portal betterplace.org! You determine the amount yourself. (An additional donation to betterplace.org is not required!)
Donate books through the online donation portal gofundme! This is a special campaign running by Reading Elephant Laos‘ Advocate Sara in the United States.
Donations can be made by bank transfer directly to Reading Elephant in Laos. Due to the bank fees involved (which vary by bank and by country), we recommend using Paypal.
Here is the information your bank will need:
Beneficiary Bank: Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao
No.1 Bokeo Branch
R3 Road, Oudom Village, Huayxay District,
Bokeo Province, Lao PDR
Account no: 112-12-01-00123553-001
Swift code: COEBLALA
*Bank Tel+Fax: +856 84-212162
Recipient’s Name: Khamkeo Vongsavanh
Ban Nampok, M. Houysay, Bokeo Province
(*Asterisked items are not normally requested or needed, but requirements sometimes vary by bank or country.)
What does my donation support?
A story book in Lao language, designed, drawn and produced by Laotians in a Laotian publishing house, costs just around 2,50 USD. So with a donation of just 30 USD, we can buy already 12 new story books.
This amount helps to acquire new materials and objects for didactic or creative play or lets us put together a book box for temporary loan to a village elementary school.
A teacher in Laos earns between 120 USD (corresponds to the state-set minimum wage) and around 195 USD per month. The team members of Reading Elephant Laos all have completed teacher training colleges and have particular experience in promoting reading. They will receive a full-time salary of 170 USD. (Basis: exchange rate as of January 2021) – A donation of this amount secures the income for a team member for one month.
This covers the costs of a one-week tour of the book mobile with full-day book festivals in three or four remote village schools in the province of Bokeo, where the project team plays with the children, reads aloud and they can discover books and stories to their heart’s content.
This amount covers the rental and operating costs of the reading room in Ban Houayxay for two months. The reading room is the heart and starting point for all activities of our children’s mobile library and its two book mobiles for the city and remote zones. Here children can rummage through the children’s library, borrow books, do homework or take part in events and courses.
If you are traveling in Laos yourself, you can join our team at a book festival for a reasonable donation. Please inform us of your visit in Ban Houayxay in advance by email or contact us directly at our project shop. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee you a spot. There can be a maximum of three people. You must accept our Child Protection Policy in order to participate.
Thanks to our partnership with Books for Laos e. V., donors resident in Germany will receive a tax receipt for their donations. Books for Laos e. V. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in Germany which sends 100% of your donation directly to Reading Elephant Laos.
Options to issue donation certificates for other countries are in planning.
When you pass on the good word about Reading Elephant Laos’s concept and work to your friends, colleagues, business associates or family members, you help us greatly. Passing on the word attracts new supporters. The larger the circle of supporters becomes, the more strongly the needs of children in Laos are perceived, and, ultimately, the more purposefully we can jointly implement our “mission.”