Children gathered happily in a house that was turned into a library in Werain village, Western Southeast Maluku Regency. The library is called Taman Baca Florence Nightingale, named after the woman who pioneered modern nursing. As usual, all libraries that are in affiliation with Yayasan Taman Baca Inovator must be named after an innovator. The Taman Baca Florence Nightingale is one of the Taman Baca Inovators (TBIs) established by Yayasan Taman Baca Inovator in Western Southeast Maluku. As the TBI has been established for over a year, we decided to visit it to see its current condition. A few months back, a TBI team from TBI head office went to TBI Florence Nightingale and was warmly welcomed by a surprise welcome dance by local children. It was an unforgettable experience.
Just like in every visit, we spent the time to interact with the local children around the TBI area. We sang together, told some stories and asked them about their dreams. We also asked them to come forward and tell us about their favorite books. Without hesitation, one by one, the children came forward to introduce themselves and retold stories from their favorite books in the library. As typical as it may sound, most of the Moluccan children had high self-esteem, so presenting confidently was easy for them.
Before presenting the story, we asked them to introduce themselves and tell us about their dream. Many children dreamed to be policemen, soldiers, and doctors. But one child named Rido stood out with a different dream. “I want to be a Pastor,” he said proudly and firmly. When we asked him why, he answered with a smile, “I want to serve God.”
It was astonishing to hear such strong words from a child. We never expected to hear such a noble dream from an adult let alone from a child. After the introduction, he charmed us again with his story. He presented the story with such a presence and he memorized it by heart. What an extraordinary child with a big heart and big talent. Indeed, Werain Village is extraordinary. The locals are very friendly and the children are enthusiastic. With the support of the library, we hope to support the children’s dream, including Rido’s dream of becoming a Pastor.