Category: Our stories

Sofia At The Gunawarman and Chef Petty Elliott Present Merdeka High Tea

Sofia At The Gunawarman, a fancy restaurant located at The Gunawarman Hotel, joins with Chef Petty Elliott presenting “Merdeka High Tea” to support Taman Bacaan Pelangi for the whole month of August. This fundraising campaign also serves as a celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day. Afternoon tea is very much part of Indonesian custom and culture, a daily pleasure around the archipelago, featuring traditional snacks accompanied by local teas and coffees. Chef Petty presents some classic British sweets and scones combined with modern Indonesian savory delights such as Nasi Kuning with Spicy & Sweet Tuna Arancini, Mini Burgers of pulled...

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Rainbow Reading Gardens Landed in Sorong, West Papua

This year may be one of the best years for Rainbow Reading Gardens as an organization. How is it not? This year, there will be more child friendly libraries established for children in the Eastern Indonesia, including Papua. Yay!! After inaugurating two libraries in Jayapura District a few months ago, we moved on to Sorong District. The decision to be in Sorong District is more triggered by the existing libraries in Raja Ampat. So, when we visit Raja Ampat, we can visit Sorong, too. Some libraries can be visited in one trip. Hehehe… When in Sentani, I had thought...

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Amazing Race for Amazing Kids

The Reading Ambassadors of Rainbow Reading Gardens, an event organized by Travel Sparks and supported by Agoda, was memorable for me as a Project Coordinator. I remembered the moment Mbak Nila appointed me as the PIC of the program, I said yes immediately even when I have no vision what the event would look like. After months of setting up the event with the Rainbow Reading Gardens team, finally there was one activity which I really wanted to give to the qualified students from Rainbow Reading Gardens schools. These participants came from Papua, Alor, Sumbawa, Manggarai, and West Manggarai....

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Taman Bacaan Pelangi is on Vidi Aldiano’s “Definisi Bahagia” Video Clip

Taman Bacaan Pelangi is on Vidi Aldiano‘s “Definisi Bahagia” video clip! Whoaaaa!! Check it out, guys! We can’t stop smiling watching this video. Our tears drop seeing the facial expressions of the kids. The sparks in their eyes, the happy laughters on their cute faces, ahhhh.. everything in this video is wonderful!! Vidi Aldiano specifically made this video as part of the “Puyo & Vidi Peduli Anak Indonesia” fundraising campaign to support Taman Bacaan Pelangi. So sweet of him, isn’t it ? Thank you so much, Vidi! And thank you so much, Puyo! The making of this video clip...

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Coverage of Ambassadors of Rainbow Reading Gardens Event at KOMPAS

One of the biggest and prominent media in Indonesia, KOMPAS, covered the Ambassadors of Rainbow Reading Gardens event on its Education and Culture section, entitled “Jendela Mimpi Anak Indonesia Timur” (“Windows to Eastern Indonesian Child’s Dreams) on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The event, organized by Travel Sparks together with Rainbow Reading Gardens and supported by Agoda, a travel information provider, has opened the windows to child’s dreams in Eastern Indonesia. The three-day event took place at Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara and gathered 18 elementary school students as well as 9 teachers from Rainbow Reading Gardens school...

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Fundraising for #BebasButaHuruf Program at Kitabisa.com

To help eradicate illiteracy rate in Eastern Indonesia, especially in East Nusa Tenggara, Rainbow Reading Gardens is launching a program called #BebasButaHuruf. According to the data from the Ministry of Education & Culture of Republic of Indonesia, provinces in Eastern Indonesia have the highest percentage of illiteracy rate in the country. East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is among the big four with 10.13% During the times at partner schools, Rainbow Reading Gardens team often meet a number of students from higher grades (Grade 4 to 6) who have difficulties in reading. This encourages Rainbow Reading Gardens to provide more quality books for them. In...

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What We Do

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Taman Bacaan Pelangi [Rainbow Reading Gardens] is a non-profit organisation working to establish children’s libraries in remote areas of Eastern Indonesia since 2009.
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Our Libraries

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We have established 58 children's libraries in remote areas of Eastern Indonesia.

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)

Travel with a Cause

Want to visit our libraries and have a great holiday in Flores at the same time? Contact Travel Sparks to make it happen!

Support Our Work

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Support our work by donating funds or children's books.