035 / Sunter Agung, North Jakarta
After finishing his studies, Mr. Acbar Dheny converted some space in his house into a small library. He managed the library from 9am to 2pm and his friend stayed there from around 6pm to 10pm.
Initially, people in his neighborhood did not respond well and children preferred playing games to reading. Instead of being disappointed, he reached out and encouraged them to visit the library. Things started to change; more and more readers and volunteers came.
To attract more people, he provides free non-formal education and shares some skills like how to upcycle things, how to create artwork from rubbish, shells, newspaper, plastic, fabrics, etc. Mr. Acbar Dheny also organizes a monthly book review activity and teaches creative writing to help people raise their voice.
He says: “I don’t expect the readers to be quiet, rather they shall express themselves in our library.” We hope that our Green books will make them stand up for nature and sustainability.
The funding of this Eco-Education Center is made possible by the donors of green-books.org’s crowdfunding campaign at startsomegood.com.