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Nila Tanzil is touching children's lives by building libraries on remote Indonesian islands

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Nila Tanzil dedicates much of her spare time to improving children's literacy, and nowhere is this more evident than on 10 islands in eastern Indonesia. The founder of Rainbow Reading Gardens has helped establish 25 children's libraries in 25 villages, with the promise of more to come, which the non-profit organisation runs with the help of volunteers. 

Recently in town for the Thailand Conference on Reading 2013, Tanzil explains that while the books cannot be taken home, they are still having a remarkable effect on children's lives.

Although Tanzil currently works as Nike's head of stakeholder mobilisation _ sustainable business and innovation, she still finds time now and then to visit the children in remote areas with new books, even if it means taking a five-hour plane ride, two-hour boat ride, three-hour truck ride and another two-hour motorcycle boat ride to get there.

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