How can I get involved?

You can help us help the children by donating clothing or blankets, starting your own clothing drive, sponsoring a student for post secondary education or donating cash.   You can also help with the sewing of feminine hygiene kits for the girls.

 

What kind of clothing will you take?

We will accept gently used clothing from baby up to adult size medium, including long and short sleeved t-shirts, shorts, shirts, skorts, dresses, jeans, pants, jackets, hoodies, sweaters, underwear, caps, shoes, socks and flip flops.  Please note that the girls in Laos dress conservatively so no mini-skirts or short dresses.  Formal wear, swim suits, halloween costumes and heavy winter clothing or boots are not useful.

 

What other items are useful?

The kids loved the soccer balls, skipping ropes, frisbees and art supplies that we took last time.  We will also take blankets and towels.

 

Where can we drop off the clothing?

Visit our contact page for drop off locations.

 

What if I cannot drop off the clothing?

Please contact us and we will arrange for someone to pick up the clothing from you.

 

When do you need the clothing donations delivered?

We intend to ship the SeaCans in October, 2016, so would require the clothing no later than September.

 

How do I make a donation of money?

Please go to the donation page to make a donation through Pay Pal.

 

How do I sponsor a student?

For as little as $350 a year you can provide a year of post-secondary education for a working student, while $640 will provide full time post secondary education for one year.  A two year commitment is required.   Andrew's goal is to have scholarships for ALL the students graduating from the three orphanage schools.  As we all know, education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty.  Please contact Andrew directly andrewb@lotusvillalaos.com.

 

How is the money used?

We are 100% not for profit  - so every dollar donated goes directly to the children.  Funds collected in 2011 were used to build a new bathroom.  Funds collected in 2013 built two new shower facilities, a kitchen, a well and paid for dental treatment.  Give A Shirt is operated entirely by volunteers.  Any one travelling to Laos pays all of their own costs, including transportation, meals and accommodation.  We rely on Andrew to make decisions about which projects are most urgent and then we give our approval to him for the use of the funds.  

 

Will you provide me with a receipt for my donation?

At this time we can provide you with a receipt, however this is not something you can presently use for income tax purposes.  We are in the registration process for our charitable status, but as of yet have not been approved.

 

What if I want to travel to Laos with you?

At the present we have 14 people committed to the trip for 2017.  We can take a maximum of 20, so if you would like to join us please contact us.  Please be aware that this is not your typical vacation.  The hotel we stay in is spartan, with no tvs, phones or swimming pool!  Luang Prabang has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and as such development is limited to local businesses.  You will not see any Starbucks or Tim Hortons there.  Be prepared for a long journey to Laos (30 hours of travel time), a significant time difference (13 hours) and long days of working.  If you are ok with all of that, let us know!  Please note that travel with young children may not be suitable due to the long van rides, hot weather and remoteness of some of the orphanages.