Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

The green, yellow and red cart rolls around as dozens of wide-eyed children gather to get a peek at what’s on offer.

There’s a buzz of excitement as they look through the many books on the wooden shelves until one catches their eye.

Books of different colours and sizes, and for all ages, deck the cart, and among the children’s smiling faces is cart driver Ayub.

“Before using the cart, I would carry the books in a backpack and I would travel to villages,” he says.

For the past six years the high school sports teacher has transported the reading cart to five villages –Wanga, Praikarang, Pambota Djara, Makaminggit and Homba Karipit – on Sumba island, eastern Indonesia, to encourage children to read and to help communities improve their literacy.

Every childhood is unique. But have you ever wondered what life is like for a child in need overseas?

In this series we compare the lives of children in Australia with those living in the countries where ChildFund works.

Told through the eyes of children, each Two Tales story paints a picture of the similarities and differences between children of similar ages, in very different parts of the world.

This month, we meet eight-year-olds Eli and Yi.