Mrs. Munasyarotul Fadlilati enjoys teaching kids, one of the reasons that made her to open the Bintang Brilliant reading garden back in 2004. Besides reading activities she organizes drawing competition, quiz games and once a year she takes the children to visit the museum of Majapahit Empire in Mojokerto to introduce them some history. Even though the Lamongan community seems to deal already with the environmental problems through waste separation, waste bank and tree planting, still they need to tackle the causes of the frequent floods in the rainy season and droughts in the other part of year.
Mr. Dedi Diyana is a Physical Education teacher who’s also been a library manager for 4 years. The elementary school is not that far from Bandung but the village lacks attention from the local government. Mr. Dedi observed that the villagers are very ignorant when it comes to protecting environment; they throw their garbage anywhere they want or burn it, which is not good. He hopes that our Eco-Library program will educate not only the students but their parents as well.
The plan to make this region as an industrial area of East Java costs environmental damages; smoke from steel factories reduces air quality and children cannot play and swim in the rivers anymore as they are not as clean as before. This is worsened by the habit of throwing household waste in the river due to lack of dump sites in the village and home businesses’ irresponsible practices. Trisnawati, who’s been teaching in a local elementary school, chooses to focus on children as it will take a while to change people’s deep-rooted habits. She plans to convert a space in her mosque into an Eco-Library, where it will be co-managed by some Qur’an teachers and Karang Taruna members.
Mrs Wiwik left behind Surabaya’s big city life and office job and moved to her husband’s village to pursue the dream of helping others. She set up a small library in her house, transformed her backyard into a fish pond to let the kids fish and sell their catches and also teaches them to make banana crisps and help them sell the products. She helps some underprivileged children to go back to school. Mrs Wiwik has also been campaigning for organic farming by providing local farmers with knowledge of how to cultivate their land organically.
Mr. Iman Suligi is a true book aficionado. Not only he established a community library in his premises, he has also collaborated in publishing several books, organizes yearly book festival and undertakes a “Literacy Tour” once a month to raise awareness of reading habit. Now feeling the need for a mindset shift of the community toward sustainable future, he believes that educating children will bring such change.
The newly opened Tiger House in North Sumatra is an educational project of Czech non-profit Green Life, aimed at conserving tropical rain forest and especially Sumatran Tiger. Green Life cooperates with the local community in anti-poaching activities and educating children about nature and wildlife with the help of Mrs. Zhionna. Now through the books about nature, games and activities we need to make the children and adults alike curious about the wildlife and show the value of such endangered species to the ecosystem.
Ms. Amber Clifton works at Pante Hera Turtle Conservation set up by Wicked Adventures, an ethical tour operator based in Flores. Despite the fact that the location is part of Savu Sea National Marine Conservation Area, the villagers had no knowledge that sea turtles are endangered, thus protected. The Eco-Library will be placed in one of the guesthouses run by the company, where the villagers can come to read or borrow books every day. One of their community projects is to educate the villagers to stop illegal hunting and poaching of the turtles and their eggs. Ms. Clifton, assisted by some local diving master trainees–and sometimes volunteering guests–provides English and marine conservation classes to the villagers (adults and children).
Mrs. Munasichah is one of the two school librarians. The school encourages its students to read more by organizing a competition every semester, where students will be asked to write a book summary. The school recently sent the application to become an adiwiyata school (green school) so one of their core values is to promote sustainable lifestyle. According to Mrs. Munasichah, people in the village are quite ignorant about environmental issues, they just throw rubbish everywhere. Another problem is that during the dry season, the wells run dry and the crops fails. They depend heavily on rain water.
Mr. Irwan, a construction worker and farmer believes that books can help widen the horizon and change the mindset toward better future. A few years ago he set up a library in his own house, which is open 24 hours a day. Around 40 elementary school pupils come to read there every day. Mr. Irwan also provides a free computer course, workshop on traditional games and teaches school subjects to these kids. He has started planting some trees around his house to show his neighbours an example what can be done for the environment. The major problem in his village is water pollution caused by illegal mining.
Mr. Laban is a kindergarten teacher that believes in introducing the principles of sustainable lifestyle since early age. Especially because the kindergarten is located in front of a big road and somehow people like to throw their rubbish near the school complex and creates a terrible smell as the result. Located in the coastal area, people treats the sea as a giant magic trash bin. The Eco-Library will be located in the kindergarten premises and, though focused on early age readers, will also be accessible to kids from the neighborhood and promoted to students from other schools.
Mr. Muhammad’s village is quite isolated and, worse, the only library in Sibon closed down due to lack of books and library manager. The environmental problem here is deforestation; there are no more trees to retain water and the wells dried out, forcing them to fetch fresh water from another village. Therefore, Mr. Muhammad decided to take the future in his hands and pledge to promote environmental awareness. He will open the Eco-Library in the mosque and expects the kids will stay reading our “green books” after the evening Qur’an lecture.
Mr. Stanley, the founder of Heka Leka gives lectures twice a week at Politeknik Negeri Ambon and Pattimura University. The rest of the week he dedicates to managing Heka Leka, a foundation aimed at creating after-school activities program for kids in Ambon, such as improving reading skills and raising the awareness of environment-friendly behavior. Stanley observes that domestic waste around the neighborhood is not managed well due to lack of information and education; people usually throw garbage in their surrounding nature. The Eco-Library will be placed in Heka Leka office and the books will be rotated to different study groups that Heka Leka created around Ambon.