The same group from West Malaysia was back again in October 2016 but with an increased number of volunteers of 4 adults and 2 kids. They have called themselves by the acronym ‘KAMI’, meaning ‘Kanak2 Bumi’. In contrast, the boat ride in 2016 from the Bengoh dam to the same village took only 15min.
Ayun parking bay
Villagers helping to carry the books and food to the headman’s house
Although the recent trip was to replace the old books with new ones, these guys came in with lots of fresh ideas to make the 3 day program more exciting for the village kids. The story telling was a lot more physical for both teller and listeners but all in good fun.
Ms Au telling a story with a puppet
Getting the kids to act to the story
The craft making from paper and palm leave was remarkable. Making the kids sing in front of the class was probably the most effective way to overcome their village shyness. They were rewarded on the spot with beautiful handcrafted palm leave grasshoppers each.
Sweet and shy
Special mention must go to the 3 awesome facilitators Mr Low Chee Leong, Ms Au Ting Wei and Ms Lim Chuan Wen for putting up such an interesting program. Watching how the three technically melted away those kids’ shyness was inspiring indeed. You three worked like professionals. Let us hope the grandparents would take it from there to pass on the task of inculcating creative reading habits to their preschool grandchildren as the parents are mostly working in the city and back to the village only during weekends. Pepper cultivation has been the key factor mitigating urban migration. Such is the reality in the villages. Next…..Picnic at Gono Cascade.
Getting the books ready for indexing
Mr Tasir helping Lim the artist prepare the bamboo for the signage.
Master designer Lim Heng Swee at work. Check out his website www.ilovedoodle.com