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.
Located in the Southern District of Semarang, the ‘Rainbow Village’s’ makeover cost over $22,000.
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.
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.
According to the Indonesian Builders Association, local businesses have seen a rise in the sales of souvenirs and food — a guaranteed return on investments.
With the proposal from Principal Widodo, the government pledged to finance the transformation of the village.
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.’
Aside from brightening up the village, the local townsfolk will also undertake the cleaning of the nearby river.