Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Indonesian Government Paid $22K To Give Slum Village A Colorful Makeover.

Until recently, the Central Java community in Kampung Pelangi, a tiny Indonesian village, had to contend with living in slum houses that were severely degraded. No one wants to live like this, but life rarely offers us the chance to live in idyllic conditions. So when the Indonesian government offered to fork over $22,467 to turn the area into a rainbow village, the locals were eager to see what the final results would look like. The magnificent upgrade was pushed forward by a school principal named Slamet Widodo, who wanted his village to shed its slum status and become something wondrous.

52-year-old junior high school principal Slamet Widodo wanted to upgrade Central Java badly.

As you can tell from the image on the left, the village desperately needed a massive improvement, and boy did it get one. Just look at the photo on the right and you'll see how a dazzling makeover has turned a poverty-stricken town into a rainbow-colored marvel.

52-year-old junior high school principal Slamet Widodo wanted to upgrade Central Java badly.

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The people in Kampung Pelangi seemed quite pleased with the makeover their town has gotten.

Widodo wanted all 390 homes in the village to get painted in bright colors. After all, three other towns in Indonesia, including the Jodipan Village, had gotten similar makeovers, and now it was time to turn this village into a beautiful art piece.

Once the government agreed to pay $22, 467, the initiative for change finally began.

Mayor Hendrar Prihadi oversaw the change personally to ensure that the homes and the surrounding areas became livelier. Prihadi felt that the project encouraged the locals to improve the value of their homes.

Aside from transforming the town, the locals now take a more active role in caring for the village.

Residents play a big part in ensuring the village doesn't return to its former state. They're also responsible for keeping the river nearby clean so that the village never reverts back to the slum that it was.

The village now looks like something you'd expect to see from a classic children's movie.

It feels like you've entered the magical land of Oz from "The Wizard of Oz," or "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." People are noticing. Best of all, the Kampung Pelangi village has noticed their international tourism rate spike up.

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