On June 10, 2011, I received an email from Steve Rutledge, the president of Adopt a Village in Laos, in which he informed me about an essay writing contest to help build a school in rural Laos. Below is that very email wherein he encourages each recipient to vote for the essay about Hat Kham Village.
All of you know that I have been fundraising to be able to build more schools, more water supplies, water filters, hygienic toilets and bicycles for the rural villagers of Laos.
Recently I was contacted by someone who was entering an essay contest for the Jao Lao Foundation, the winner of which not only gets to go to Laos, but a school will be built in the village that they write about. This lady chose to write about Hat Kham Village, in need of a school because their school was destroyed by last years monsoons!
Hat Kham Village is on my list to raise funds to build a school – I have 15 other schools to raise funds for too and it would be wonderful if Hat Kham was chosen – this would save me a lot of effort to try to raise funds for.
The competition closed today and the voting now begins. It is easy – all you have to do is vote on Facebook. If you dont’ have a facebook account, it is easy to sign up and you are actually prompted. Please take a look at the following and click the link. Please choose Essay #1 (there are four to choose from). Please vote NOW if at all possible – I wouldn’t want anyone to forget. Note that when you get to the home page, click on Notes! Thx
“The Village School Search will run from June 10-24. The four essays will be found under Jai Lao Foundationâ€™s Notes section listed under Village Essay #1, Village Essay #2, Village Essay #3, Village Essay #4. While all four villages are worthy of having a school built, only one can win this contest through your votes. Please take the time to read all four essays to determine which one youâ€™d like to vote for. You must â€œLIKEâ€ the Jai Lao Foundation first in order to have your vote counted.
ONLY ONE VOTE PER FB USER PLEASE. If Jai Lao sees you have voted more then once, then your vote will be disqualified. The contest is two weeks long. Jai Lao will tally up the votes Friday, June 24 and announce the winning essay at our 2nd Anniversary One Night in Laos Charity dinner June 25. ”
It looks like I’m going to need your help again in getting Ban Hat Kham to be the top voted essay. If you are not on Facebook already, will you join and “Like” Jai Lao Foundation? Second, will you spread the words to your families and friends to join Facebook and those who are already on Facebook to “Like” Jai Lao Foundation as well. The poll for the essay contest is now open, but please remember that you can only vote Ban Hat Kham’s dream of getting a school could become a reality soon if we rally everyone to help us with this cause.
To become a fan, visit Jai Lao Foundation on Facebook.
Thanks so much!
(President of Adopt a Village in Laos)