Thanks to all who made the Toronto Songwriters' Festival a huge success! CityTV came out for the second year in a row and gave us a spot on the news again, which was awesome. We raised almost $5,000 over 2 days, which is enough to complete our children's education projects overseas in Laos and India. Yay! We're so grateful other people believe in this little dream of ours, to help children on a grassroots level.
As I write this, an old cement-block school is being fixed up in the slums near Calcutta using some of the money we raised at the festival. I shall post the pictures when I have them. The rest of the money will be used on our next project in Laos, where we are helping very poor kindergarten schools in the Khong District. Last year we completely overhauled a kindergarten, and built them washroom facilities with access to clean water (info and pics here).
It has been a mad year, as soon after the festival Thanou and I got married--two major events one month apart! I don't recommend doing it that way, but it was a great party and now we're legit, ha.
We'll be leaving for Asia on December 26, but first on the list is our honeymoon--one week at a small beach town near Bangkok. Then we'll be heading to Laos to oversee our work there. Come back every now and then to read our updates!
Shawn & Thanou