Indonesia ranks 60 out of the 61 nations deemed to have enough statistical data on literacy.
Looking specifically at Bali, many children do no own a reading book and most do not have access to them.
While libraries exist, they are often poor quality, with little structure or relevant reading material.
Elementary and high schools in Bali are run mainly by the government.
As a formality, each school will have a library building and books donated.
However, there is often not the infrastructure or training in how to run a library. With no training or enforcement of libraries, many are poorly run and have fallen intro disrepair.
Bali Children’s Project’s Libraries Support Program aims to bring these libraries out of disrepair.
Through renovating and reequipping libraries, the program is bringing back a new kind of library to Bali’s youth.
Bright and engaging, the libraries are immediately more interesting places for children to learn.
The program’s main aim is to give communities the ability to run the libraries themselves.
Once renovated, the libraries are given back to the school, with a condition.
That condition is that the community/school commit to running the library.
By training librarians and creating agreements with school, old storerooms are once again becoming great new libraries.
We are always in need of books and supplies to equip libraries.
Books should be appropriate for ages 3-12 years and in Indonesian, bilingual Indonesian – English or very basic English.
Books can be purchased in Bali at any quality bookshop
The number of libraries we can support depends on the funds we can raise. If you are interested in funding and renovating a new library, please get in touch.
You can donate directly to this program in our donate page. Please remember to mark you donation ‘for Libraries Support’ or ‘to purchase books for libraries.’
You can also sponsor a librarian’s position for $50 usd per month.