“Everything is so natural in Indonesia. Smell of the ground when it’s raining. Terrace rice fields. Everything is green. Valleys and hills. Little hills surrounded by banana trees. Natural resources. At sun rise, the rooster crows. Farmers begin their day. Kids in uniforms walking to school… Dark blue …Red…Gray… Beaches in Bali. White sand so smooth to touch. Waters- so blue, when you stand on the shore you can see through… deep down inside…small colorful fish, star fish, coral….Sounds of waterfall…Singing birds…Our lovely pink birds… Everything is natural in Indonesia.”
- Dwi Sari (Member of the Board of Advisors, Bookwallah Organization)
- Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and consists of 17,000 islands, stretching 3,200 miles from the northern tip of Sumatra to Irian Jaya in West New Guinea.
- Indonesia has a GDP growth rate of 4.5% (2009 estimate) and is the only other country in the G20 other than India and China that has posted growth in the economic crisis.
- Population is estimated at 240,271,522.
- Languages are: Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, Dutch, local dialects (the most widely spoken of which is Javanese).
- Diverse religions including: Muslim 86.1%, Protestant 5.7%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 1.8%, other or unspecified 3.4%.
- Literacy rate of those over 15 who can read or write is 90.4% as compared to 99% in United States.
- Indonesians believe in the importance of maintaining social harmony.
- Indonesia is the world’s third largest democracy.
According to UNICEF, there are an estimated 4.4 Million orphans in Indonesia. There are about 7,000 orphanages in Indonesia with about 500,000 children. Only 6% of the children in these orphanages are actually orphans according to a study by Save the Children, UNICEF and Social Services. Many of these children are increasingly being placed in the care of these homes by parents who cannot afford to provide them an education, food or shelter. The reality is that accessing resources by many of these privately run orphanages are difficult. Bookwallah’s mission is to provide storybooks to orphanages within Indonesia- both English and local language- through the Bookwallah Book. Additionally, Bookwallah would like to build Bookwallah Reading Rug Program for those orphanages that do not have separate child -friendly reading areas with complimentary Bookwallah Reading Services.