The Power of Book Do­na­tions

Ko­mu­ni­tas 1001buku, a lo­cal NGO, is fa­cil­i­tat­ing book do­na­tions to re­mote re­gions across the ar­chi­pel­ago in or­der to pre­serve the read­ing cul­ture that is be­gin­ning to fade away within the lo­cal so­ci­ety.

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The read­ing cul­ture in In­done­sia and around the world may have been shifted thanks to the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion. Many of us are nowa­days more used to find­ing in­for­ma­tion on the In­ter­net or so­cial me­dia, which in fact do present con­tents with even more im­me­di­acy and flex­i­bil­ity com­pared to print ma­te­ri­als. But for many chil­dren in re­mote re­gions with limited ac­cess to the new me­dia, books still count as a fun­da­men­tal source of knowl­edge.

Ko­mu­ni­tas 1001buku works to dis­trib­ute books into the hands of un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties across Java, Su­ma­tra, Su­lawesi, Kal­i­man­tan, Maluku, Nusa Teng­gara and Pa­pua. So far the com­mu­nity has es­tab­lished up to 450 net­works across the na­tion and is look­ing to de­velop pro­grammes that could ed­u­cate dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren through books. The foundation also comes up with a va­ri­ety of projects that would help im­prove lo­cal chil­dren’s lit­er­acy rates. Not only that, Ko­mu­ni­tas 1001buku also in­vites the pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate in their vol­un­teer­ing pro­grammes to pro­tect the read­ing cul­ture and ex­pand the foundation’s net­work.

One of Ko­mu­ni­tas 1001buku’s most es­sen­tial pro­grammes is Ta­man Baca Anak, which works to main­tain the sus­tain­abil­ity of lo­cal li­braries and read­ing com­mu­ni­ties. This year alone, the num­ber of book do­na­tion has reached up to 6391. Ko­mu­ni­tas 1001buku has also gath­ered 786 chil­dren mag­a­zines and 776 text books.

In­stead of giv­ing away books that we’ll no longer read, do­nat­ing them to those in need should be a bet­ter idea. A sin­gle book that may ap­pear to be too worn out can ac­tu­ally change the lives of oth­ers. To con­trib­ute in mak­ing this change please visit www.1001buku.or.id/r2.

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