Audrey hands out one of the Lao alphabet books we bought from the children's book publishing and literacy program, Big Brother Mouse.
We noticed a school in the village, so we figured there were some literate kids somewhere. Based on their reactions, these kids had never seen a book before. Imagine that. They simply did not know what to make of it, nor what to do with it.
Audrey opened it and started flipping the pages. The kids got a kick out of pointing at the pictures and saying the word in Lao. Lots of giggles. In the end, we left the book with a couple of boys a few years older who looked like they could make better use of it.
Read more about the villages near Nong Khiaw, Laos and Big Brother Mouse.