Millions of children in Eastern Indonesia do not have access to quality books

 

Let's change that

Taman Bacaan Pelangi

(Rainbow Reading Gardens)

We are a non-profit organisation working to establish children’s libraries
in remote areas of Eastern Indonesia since 2009.

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Our Impact

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108

Libraries established

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202,500+

Books delivered

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30,000+

Children served

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1,000+

Teachers trained

Our Libraries

Check out all the children’s libraries that Taman Bacaan Pelangi [Rainbow Reading Gardens] has stablished in remote areas of Eastern Indonesia.

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Our Programs

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Establish Children Libraries

We establish child-friendly libraries in remote areas of Eastern Indonesia. We work together with the local schools and transform their library into a child friendly learning environment that will foster the love of reading in each of the student.

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Capacity Building Workshops

We provide a series of capacity building workshops for the local teachers that enable them to have the skills and knowledge needed in nurturing the habit of reading on their students and promoting literacy in their village.

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Basic Literacy Course

In each of our library, reading activities are regularly conducted. Each class has reading activities weekly at the library, lead by the classroom’s teacher. Through reading activities, children will slowly grow the love of reading.

Taman Bacaan Pelangi Among Children of Patchouli Farmers in Siontapina

Siontapina. A name may not be familiar to you.  Siontapina is the name of a Sub-District in Buton District, Buton Island, Southeast Sulawesi. There are 11 villages, two of which are Labuan Diri Village and Sumber Sari Village. The distance from Baubau Municipality to...

Colors Beyond the Library Building

"I really like our current library. It's full of attractive story books, and of course the room is colorful!" said Pak Boni, Librarian of SD Inpres Ndona 4. Book Check Out and Student Volunteers Currently, Pak Boni loves his new position as a librarian at SD Inpres...

Our Volunteer’s Diary (7): Wherever You Go, Go with All Your Heart

At the beginning of 2019, I sat in a Buddhist sanctuary, did meditation with my mother and other Buddhists at Kanchanaburi province of Thailand. During the night, a monk taught us various moral and religious teachings. One of them I remembered was about the value of...

Our Volunteer’s Diary (6): Non-Stop Changing

Being one of the Youth Changemaker of ASEAN foundation, I have been motivated and learned many varieties. Through this opportunity, it taught me the importance of being a social person and the real change maker with regards to responsibilities I had to undertake. Not...

Our Volunteer’s Diary (5): Two Weeks

As part of the BudiBaca team stationed in Ende for our two weeks volunteering project related to education, our Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Taman Bacaan Pelangi (TBP), requested for each of us to write a personal reflection of our time spent in Ende. At first...

Our Volunteer’s Diary (4)

The two weeks that I spent serving in the community of Ende has made me realize three important takeaways: (1) First is that kindness knows no language. My highly limited ability to speak the local language did not prevent me and my teammates from benefitting from the...

Our Volunteer’s Diary (3): The Change Starts With You

Being a part of the youth changemaker has given me the chance to benefit the community. The experiences in helping Taman Bacaan Pelangi to increase the literacy rate in Ende have widened my knowledge in terms of facilitating with parents and kids. With the...

Our Volunteer’s Diary (2) : A Path Untold

The path was bumpy with minor cracks and challenges, but beautiful in a way that I could never perfectly describe. The first step was filled with excitement, yet I was nervous because I never know what I might stumble upon. I decided to put my expectation aside,...

Our Volunteer’s Diary (1)

A wonderful experience in Ende! It was a great pleasure for me to be a volunteer in Ende, which is a very far place from my country, Myanmar, together with my other 9 team mates from different ASEAN countries for two weeks. This was my first volunteering experience in...

One Library Means One Hope of Change

That morning, when the teachers had just finished practicing reading aloud and shared reading with their students, during reflection session, the principal of the Mananga Islamic Elementary School said in front of other teachers, "If we truly implement what we have...

A(nother) Dream of Child-Friendly Library in the Land of Marapu

At the end of January 2019, before the Chinese New Year on February 5, the weather in East Sumba is changing rapidly with the most windy days. This condition did not hamper the enthusiasm of the teachers at SDI Laipori and SDN Mondu to attend "Library Management and...

Who Can Check Out Books?

Child-friendly libraries are libraries used by all children in school, regardless of their reading abilities or classes. One of the things most emphasized to teachers, principals, and librarians are the importance of giving equal opportunities to all students to...

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In the News

NET. Lentera Indonesia (August 2014)
TV One - Aku Bangga (May 2015)
Trans7 - She Can! (May 2015)
DAAI TV - Mutiara Indonesia (April 2016)