Date
28 May 2017
Anna completed a two-year high school program in Hong Kong and is now studying business management at a university. Photo: i-Cable
Anna completed a two-year high school program in Hong Kong and is now studying business management at a university. Photo: i-Cable

Indonesian maid opens a library for kids in hometown

An Indonesian maid who dropped out of secondary school, because her family couldn’t afford it, has continued her studies in Hong Kong over the past seven years and opened a library for young people in her hometown.

“My parents did not have enough money to pay for my school fees. At that time, I felt very sad, as I could not study like others were doing,” said Anna, who has completed a two-year high school program in Hong Kong and is now taking a business management course at a university.

“Studying is very important, because I need a better future,” she was quoted as saying in an i-Cable report

Anna, who likes to read, initially set up a free mobile library and shared up to 800 books with her fellow domestic helpers from Indonesia every Sunday.

More than 700 maids enjoyed dipping into her collection of novels, religious books and magazines.

Anna later became too busy with her studies and sent her books back to Indonesia, eventually setting up a library with more than a thousand books.

“I don’t want any kid in Indonesia to have to experience what I did,” she said.

“I hope I can bring back what I get from Hong Kong to Indonesia and help upgrade our place.”

Translation by Chloe Chow

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Anna (center) shared her books with friends on Sundays. Photo: i-Cable


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