Saturday, 13 March 2010
It was a beautiful morning in Melo Village, Flores, Indonesia. Kids had gathered in a nice garden overlooking the hills and the view of Komodo National Park, some guests had arrived on time and mingled with each other, the morning breeze comforted everyone and whispered them to enjoy the happy moment. It was a special day. What’s going on?
I’ve been writing about the Rainbow Reading Gardens in my previous posts. So, please read them first to get a better idea of this project. Click here.
I must say, the launch event of the Rainbow Reading Gardens (“Taman Bacaan Pelangi“) held in “Panorama”, Compang To’e cultural group’s center, was a big success! A number of guests, starting from the local governments, head of villages, school headmasters and teachers, local communities and NGOs, and also.. students from the villages.. attended the event.
Students from SDK Roe performed some traditional dances, such as “Tek Tek Alu”. They also performed poetries and made my tears dropped at some point :P. Not only that, students from SDK Melo also performed traditional dances and some songs. Omigod.. .they’re sooo cute!!! I didn’t expect they would perform such things! I felt so touched.
The best was a “Caci” dance performance by SDK Roe. “Caci” is a whip fight between two rivals. Usually, it’s performed by a group of adults. So, it was very interesting to see a “Caci” performance carried by kids!!! And they’re so good, too! Everyone loved their performance!!!
The Deputy Head of the Parliament said that he supported the presence of “Taman Bacaan Pelangi” in West Manggarai District, Flores. He hoped that “Taman Bacaan Pelangi” could also open in more villages in West Manggarai district, Flores, so that there would be more kids have the access to good books!
At the end of the event, we saw another “Caci” performance, but this time was performed by “Compang To’e” cultural group.
Since that day, the “Rainbow Reading Gardens” was officially running in four villages in West Flores, which were at Roe Village, Melo Village, Komodo Village and Nampar Macing Village.
We thanked everyone who has been supporting “Taman Bacaan Pelangi”, for all the donations and moral supports given, too. These reading gardens wouldn’t establish without your supports. Personally, I thanked everyone from the deepest of my heart.