Indonesian Community Gets a $22,500-Make Over, Turns Itself into a ‘Rainbow Village’

The Central Java Community of Kampung Pelangi has recently transformed itself into a picturesque village, as the splash of bright colors adorned the houses — a complete turnaround from its previous impoverished state.

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Located in the Southern District of Semarang, the ‘Rainbow Village’s’ makeover cost over $22,000.

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Initiated by Slamet Widodo, a 54-year-old principal of a local junior high school, the project has turned 232 houses into works of art as creative murals give a splash of life to the walls of narrow passageways and brighten the whole village.

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Three other towns in the country also had the same makeover, and the growing rainbow community trend in Indonesia spurred tourism growth in the country.

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According to the Indonesian Builders Association, local businesses have seen a rise in the sales of souvenirs and food — a guaranteed return on investments.

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With the proposal from Principal Widodo, the government pledged to finance the transformation of the village.

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Mayor Hendrar Prihadi oversees the implementation of the project. According to him, it encourages ‘the active involvement of citizens in the improvement of their homes.’

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Aside from brightening up the village, the local townsfolk will also undertake the cleaning of the nearby river.

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