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Jakarta Post

Nila Tanzil: Reading for a better future

  • Willy Wilson

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 30 2011   /  09:00 am

The chances are you would look twice if Nila Tanzil walked past you.

On the day of her interview with The Jakarta Post, she sported a crisp white shirtdress with a slim belt clutching her tiny waist. And with a boyish hairdo crowning her toned physique, she is every inch a head-turning, sophisticated lady.

One Google search of her name, however, revealed that Nila is a hippie-spirited traveler on an extraordinary mission. Since 2009, Nila has been working hard to provide children in poverty-stricken villages across Flores the opportunity to learn through reading.

The 35-year-old is the brains behind Taman Bacaan Pelangi, a nonprofit social project that focuses on establishing children’s libraries. As of today, Taman Bacaan Pelangi has set up 17 libraries in Flores and one library in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

“Taman Bacaan Pelangi aims to encourage and n...