If you have been interested in keeping up to date with my project with Bali teenager Tyas to build a library in Bali then here is an update.
Firstly though I would like to thank everyone who has helped fundraise and donate towards it. Recently we have finally raised the full $20000 needed for the construction of the library, including the kitchen and toilet block. However, I still need to raise another $10000 to stock the library with books and $3500 for the internal fit out which includes books shelves. There are already many english books in the library and I have some here in Australia however no airlines are prepared to help me get those books to Bali so I take a few each time I go.
There is also some other significant news that has occurred recently which is the fact that Mountain Agung, Bali’s largest volcano, has become active in the last few days. Whilst the library is in the Karangasem district, where Mt Agung is located, it is not in the danger zone. Over 140,000 people have been evacuated from the area as they are at risk in the danger zone. Sadly though, many disabled people, especially those who are paralysed, were left behind as families had no way of moving them out of the danger area. As these people have been found and moved to safety by Puspadi Bali, the NGO my mum worked with, they are being taken to and housed in our library. The library is brilliant for this because it is 1 of the few buildings in Bali that is fully accessible for persons with disabilities. It also has a kitchen so meals can be prepared there.
Many activities will be held in the library. School groups will be visiting weekly and poetry reading and spelling bee competitions will be held there. All aimed at helping to improve the reading skills of local children so they can get a better education and go on to get better jobs. Then they can help to lift their families out of poverty.
These photos were taken by the librarys architect Nicole Thompson when she was in Bali in July this year, just before the library was finished.