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Coba Baca Newsletter 20, June 2016
You did not hear from us for quite a while, but you could still find news from Coba Baca on Facebook,
Up to date information on the library is also available on our website, www.coba baca.org,
After the opening a lot of work had to be done in order to run the library in an efficient and effective way. A new location involves new ideas and insights.
We used the rainy season to find out where the leakages would occur and/or already occurred. Anyone living in the tropics cannot imagine a life without leakages caused by the ever returning ‘sultry bail outs’.
We don’t get into details, except for the fact that it took us a while to find a top of the bill contractor. We are very grateful to a good friend of ours who sent his regular contractor and team who fixed everything within a week in an excellent and professional manner.
The change of location, more near to Singaraja where the universities are situated, made it clear that we had to adjust the openings hours. More students are visiting the library.
Also the opening on sunday was no more ncessary.
The number of members is higher this year, now more than 1.600.
Many young kids applied for the free (gratis) English language courses.
On the one end we organised less playful activities, on the other end we decrea-sed or terminated the pr-activities with little or no educational value, because the need to put Coba Baca on the map, does not exist anymore. We are an integral part of the local community.
The above means that more room came available to direct the attentio to our core duties; education and bring individuals or groups of people together to exchange knowlegde/educate people.
Every year North Bali Bilangual School organises activities where a visit to Coba Baca is always on the list.
More schools follow this example, such as Little Sunshine, kindergarten and school SMP Triamerta Singaraja. We receive more and more requests from tea-chers to visit Coba Baca together with their students. The same is true for foundations concerned with education .
In the future Coba Baca will on its own accord organise activitities and invite schools to participate. The activities should involve the development of programs improving people’s awareness of their own environment in relation to e.g. solving polluton problems, waste (plastic) processing, solutions for the lack of (drinking) water, improvement of hygiene, providing information on health(care) etc..
Moreover we welcome visitors almost on a regular basis from abroad who wish to assist the English language teachers.
At the moment we teach English, Indonesian and Dutch (Hollands) and computer-skills.
And we are now busy to add to the computerlessons (the us of) Internetlessons.
It is already some time ago that we came in contact with Stenden Hogeschool Leeuwarden in The Netherlands to cooperate in certain areas. For example: Coba guides/assists students of the school in the choice of a suitable insitution or organization to do their minor.
The are two Dutch students who are the first to (successfyully) finish their minor in North Bali.
At Coba Baca they organised a ‘happinessproject’. The question was: what makes you happy? Here are some of the answers.
At stichting (foundation) So-Rehab, who takes care of many physical handicap-ped children, they organised another project.
In April this year we received another big donation of (new) books by Ganesha Bookshops in Ubud. We are always very happy with and grateful for their generous gesture.
The ladies (expat/Ind.) of the North Bali Women’s Meeting Club 'meet' each other once a month. At the meeting all kind of subjects are discussed. Also experiences and knowlegde are exchanged. Morover less serious activities are organised: a tour in the countryside, exposition, just a night out on the town, etc. More and more women become members.
North Bali Women’ s Meeting Club has members from Asia, Europe and America.
One can apply via Facebook . It is a ‘secret’ group. Please send me (Coba Maas-Kewilaa) first a friendship request. Then I wil add you as member. The meeting is once a month, every 1st Friday of the month. The location will be announced in advance.
It started with a dream. A lot of gratitude to everyone who supported me to realize my dream.
Coba Baca has now more than 1.600 members and holds an important regional position.
There enough challenges left. To meet these challenges we really will need your financial support.
Of course we have an plan. We like to discuss this in the next newsletter.
Despite of all the bad tidings the media provide us with every day, we are very postive about the future of our library and its activities.