Helping Build Libraries in Impoverished Areas of Indonesia Part of AUSCI’s Cerdas Bang! Program menCerdaskan Bangsa
In 2008, USC faculty Dr. James Owens started WIJABA, the World Is Just A Book Away non-profit organization.
WIJABA’s mission is to provide children access to books, in impoverished areas around the globe.
The AUSCI committee joined in the cause, since there is a REAL need for libraries in Indonesia (we received reports that some children were learning to read, by finding instruction manuals of VCD player found in garbage dumps).
The 2009 USC Charity Ball
Our inaugural Ball was held on 1 April 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta
500 attendees (50% of which were non-alumni)
Netted 350 jt
100% of which was donated to WIJABA, to help build libraries in Sidoarjo, West Java
2009 USC Charity Ball’s Results
Working with WIJABA, we helped build:
21 libraries in various primary schools (SD) in Sidoarjo
2 units of Mobile Libraries circling the villages around Sidoarjo
IMPACT = approximately 10,000 school children in 50 schools now have access to 12,000 books within their perimeter.
Here are the PHOTOS (see following pages)
Library at SDN Kalisampurno
AUSCI WIJABA Mobile Library
Interesting Book for US SDN Ngaban
This is NOT a VCD manual..YES! SDN Wunut I
AUSCI-WIJABA Mobile Library Getting Its Full Use
We got books! Yeah! SDN Candipari II
Mobile Library in Action SDN Porong
More Photos Available
More photos of the 21 libraries getting its FULL USE are available at:
Next Project = PADANG, SDN 09 Parak Gaang Barat
Next Project = PADANG SDN 17 Karakah
“ so many books, so little time” ..much better than.. “ I want to read, but I can’t find any Books!”
2010 USC Charity Ball
Theme = Hollywood
Featuring = TADASHI Fall 2010 Fashion Show
Date = Friday, 29 October 2010
Venue = Ballroom of Thamrin Nine building
MISSION = Working with WIJABA, help build 10 libraries in/near various high-schools in Padang, which was devastated by an earthquake in August 2009