Expanding YUM's library collection to enhance the reading habits of over 1000 poor children in Cipanas, West Java, enabling them to enrich their lives through reading, ultimately promoting their intellectual development.
Because reading is not part of Indonesia's culture, it is uncommon. Libraries are very rare even in big cities. Not one of the 67 schools in the Cipanas area has a library. While the world becomes increasingly competitive, these children risk getting left behind by not learning about the value of reading. By expanding the book collection YUM hopes its library, the only one in the area, will improve the reading habits of children, stimulating a sense of curiosity and intellectual development.
YUM's library is open to the public daily and runs scheduled fun educational activities where children and youth are encouraged to participate. There activities are designed to motivate attendees to become more active in the library, simultaneously building a sense of belonging and comfort to continue using the library. Visitors are also urged to borrow books to read at home.
Going on two years, this library has managed to accommodate up to 1000 visits per month. This project will improve the literacy of children, youth and adults in the surrounding area, enhancing their ability and comfort to use books for information and knowledge. For the rest of their lives they will have access to all of the accumulated knowledge of mankind, access to all of the great minds and ideas of the past and present.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).
Susila Dharma International website
YUM's Film Documentary (about our projects)
Yayasan Usaha Mulia Annual Report 2011
Blog of Cipanas YUM Library