I have been supporting Nila Tanzil Petersen in her amazing initiative to set up community libraries in the remote areas in eastern Indonesia, named, Rainbow Reading Garden (Taman Bacaan Pelangi) since its inception.
But it wasn’t until two years ago, when I went with her and another friend, Metta, to Flores to visit the libraries, that I realised what she was doing. The one in this picture is the library about an hour from Labuan Bajo town, which is an hour by smaller plane from Bali.
To step out of our vehicle and into this pinkish, simple porch, and be greeted by 60+ childen, all glued to their books, knowing that this library is likely to be the only access they have to storybooks and windows to the world. There is nothing like it.
Proud to have you as a friend, Nila. And honoured to have supported you and Taman Bacaan Pelangi all these years. How lucky those children are.