The Mission of Adopt a Village in Laos

Written by on October 12, 2011 in Green - No comments

On the evening of Saturday, September 17, 2011, the small Canadian charity, Adopt a Village in Laos, whose mission is to improve and empower the lives of the hill tribes of rural Laos, held a big fundraiser at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Port Hope, Ontario. With over 150 people in attendance that night, the event was an amazing success. Among the presentations that night was a video by Northumberland Today photojournalist Ted Amsden. Shot while he was visiting Laos in December 2010, this video vividly chronicles hill tribe life and the work of this humanitarian organization with the hill tribe people.

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It is said that a journey begins with a single step. On Tuesday, July 7, 2010 my journey to Laos began when I met Mike Yap, who introduced me to the Adopt a Village project. Having always been fascinated by other cultures, I was immediately captivated by the concept. In mid-August I visited Port Hope, where Mike and Steve Rutledge, who is the other half of the driving force behind this humanitarian effort, reside. That weekend I listened to Steve talk with great enthusiasm about their work. I became more and more intrigued. On Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I visited them again. That Saturday night I had the honour of attending their presentation/fundraiser for the Adopt a Village in Laos project at the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre in downtown Port Hope, Ontario. Having never had their presentation/fundraisers captured on video before, I volunteered to record this event with my iPhone. When I returned home, I would edit it and then upload it to YouTube in hopes of raising awareness of their work to a larger audience. From that weekend I came away glowing inside with a wonderfully positive energy. Inspired, I made a commitment to myself and to Mike and Steve that I would help them with their endeavours. Since that time, I haven't disappointed. Please visit my personal blog, My Journey to Laos, at http://myjourneytolaos.blogspot.com to see how I have been trying to help them raise awareness for their cause. Ultimately, I will go to Laos and experience for myself all the great work which they have done and continue to do.

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