Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Charitable Trust Challenge "5 at 5"

The date is set! 10 – 14 June. The biggest event of the year, at least for our Charitable Trust (CT) Challenge beneficiaries. GVI Laos raises money for disadvantaged students, especially Novice Monks, to receive sponsored English tuition. In addition to this, the annual CT Challenge provides an injection of much-needed funds in support of the Lao community and temples with which we work.
Volunteers undertaking a project during the week starting 10th June will take part in our CT Challenge. We hope that your friends, family and colleagues, along with our past volunteers and their friends, family and colleagues and any other sympathetic patrons will sponsor our GVI volunteers and staff in our endeavours by donating to the CT.

So...what’s it all about? The annual challenge gets to the heart and soul of Buddhist Lao culture and Luang Prabang ritual practice. For 5 days (teaching days Monday – Friday), in-country volunteers and staff will give alms to Monks and Novices. Although this is something many volunteers elect to observe or take part in at least once during their project, our commitment to a 5 day alms-giving stint is inline with local habits; most locals, especially women, give food to the procession of passing Buddhist temple inhabitants every single day, with starts as early as 5am!

So we ask our blog readers to tell everyone about it! Shout about it on Facebook, Twitter, Email your friends, SMS your contacts list. Those 5am starts are tough with a full day of teaching and lesson planning ahead of them! They need as much support for their earnest efforts as they can get.
For more info on the GVI Charitable Trust see

For more info on the Challenge and to join or donate see