KUTU BUKU jumps to Togean, Sulawesi Tengah
Sahabat Anak’s KUTU BUKU program visited children in Patoyan village, Togean, in the Tojo Una-una District of Sulawesi Tengah. This beautiful archipelago in Tomini Strait is a well-known area among international divers, especially for the variety of its fish, coral, ocean biota and other ocean species.
The trip to reach the location took almost two days from Jakarta. Beginning with a two and a half hour flight from Jakarta to Palu (the capital of Sulawesi Tengah) acity with ibeautiful hills and beach, the KUTU BUKU team took a 10-hour overland trip to reach Ampana in Tojo Una-una. From Ampana, the only way to get to Togean is by a wooden boat called a bodi. The route of this bodi was via four different villages in a row. It took almost four hours to reach Patoyan village, as it is the last village in the route.
A friendly villager welcomed us, the KUTU BUKU team, who would stay at their house. After resting, we got a chance for a short tour around the village of only 70 families. Most of the villagers are chocolate and copra farmers and the rest of them are fishermen. There is no electricity and clean running water in this village. The power source comes only from generators owned by villagers and are turned on only for five hours after nightfall every day. The villagers get fresh water from wells and a spring which feeds to three different places that becomes the place where the villagers take a bath and wash their clothes.
The next day, the team went to Patoyan Elementary School, the one and only school in the area. All of the 32 students from three different classes were gathered by the Headmaster into one classroom to greet the KUTU BUKU team. After the welcoming speech from Frederikus, the Headmaster, the team explained about the KUTU BUKU program.
After that the box was opened and the books were scattered on the table in front of the class., The kids enthusiastically came across to the table. Each of them picked a book, read the cover, turned the pages, and took the book to their seat. They mumbled while reading the books and the sound filled the room. The teachers also took some books to read.
“We also need some readings to broaden our knowledge,” said one of the teachers to the KUTU BUKU team.
Every child who finished reading one book returned it and took another one. It was so heart-warming to see their thirst of the reading materials. Thank you, FRIENDS! Your book donations are jewels for the children in impoverished areas. Patoyan Elementary School didn’t have any library or reading area before. The books from YOU became their first collection!
Let’s continue to support Sahabat Anak’s KUTU BUKU 2014 program. Please share this information, so that we can collect more books and distribute them to the children in need in Indonesia.