Good morning, Kids. Today I'm joining forces with an army of fellow bloggers to help raise awareness and, yes, money for the non-profit organization Pencils of Promise. Contacted by Paloma of La Dolce Vita, she invited me to be a part of this wonderful effort for the girls of Champet, a village in Laos that is home to the only high school in the area for surrounding villages. In order to attend this high school, the students must leave their families and homes to live in dormitories. However these dormitories are worlds away from what comes to mind when we think of Western boarding schools. These girls are moving into and living in these unsafe dormitories which consist of nothing more than makeshift bamboo huts just to get an education. It's heartbreaking but enormously courageous at the same time and reminds us all just how invaluable an education can be.
The goal for Bloggers Taking Action today: To build safe, legitimate housing for the female children of Laos in order for them to have the opportunity to further their education. Currently, some parents are unwilling to send their kids to school because of how unsafe the bamboo dormitory huts are. The dormitory which Pencils of Promise hopes to build will accommodate about 200 Laotian girls.
In the spirit of the holiday season, we are asking for your help today on behalf of these children. Just think of the enormous impact we could have if each person who reads this post donates just $1.00. If you are able and willing to give more ($35 buys shelves for a classroom, $50 provides pencils for one year, $100 provides a teacher’s salary for three months and so on), it would be greatly appreciated. We are in the midst of the giving season and hope that you will find it in your heart to make a donation to this worthy cause today. Remember, every little bit helps!
Thanks for your time, Kids, and for anything you may be able to do to help.
If you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.
Images by photographer Nick Onken,who generously donated his time and talent by traveling to Laos with the PoP team to capture their progress on film.