Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
Remember my post back in January to help raise money for Cleanbirth.org? Well since then, I have been volunteering as the organization’s Vientiane liaison and consultant. In this role, I have been networking, grant writing, and organizing events for their cause. To date, we’ve not only won a $2,000 grant from the J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust but we have also begun galvanizing support from the expat community in Vientiane.
Last Saturday, we held a morning tea to meet with the founder of Cleanbirth.org and it was a big success. It was well attended with engaging discussions and we are still seeing donations come in through the event. The wonderful community of friends here offered to help in every way, from our fabulous hostess from 44andafourth who cleverly designed the invitation, used her extensive network to distribute them, and graciously welcomed us into her beautiful home, to everyone who brought delicious food, took photographs, and bought flowers. I couldn’t have done it without them. It really warms my heart to know what good friends we have and how caring and generous they are. It is exactly this type of community that I hope to always find at each post as we move from country to country.
And while I’m not traveling with Kristyn this week to Saravan to train more nurses and make programmatic plans for the future, I’ve been following her journey via Cleanbirth.org’s facebook page. I can’t wait to hear more about her trip!