As a follow-up after the forming of FORKOMDES (Village Communication Forum) in Regency of TTS, TLM-GMIT Foundation coordinated a Training and Discussion meeting on how to make the layout of RKPDes and RPJMdes for 226 village heads in TTS. This meeting was conducted for two days, from Monday, 16 October 2017 to Tuesday, 17 October 2016 in Timor Megah Hotel Hall, Soe.
The first day of training and discussion was attended by 10 village heads, represented 10 sub-districts in TTS. The meeting was opened by greeting speech from General Chief of FORKOMDES, Mr. Soleman Na’u, Oelbubuk village head. In his short speech, he thanked TLM Foundation by saying; “I am really thankful to TLM Foundation for conducting this training, I hope that FORKOMDES will keep continue.” TLM, through its two trainers and seven facilitators trained the village heads of how to make RKPdes and RPJMdes. Aside from the trainers and facilitators, Executive Director of TLM Foundation, Mr. Rozali Hussein also joined the meeting.
In the second day, total village head who attended the training increased to 12 people, represented 12 sub-districts. In the second day, the village heads also came with their secretaries. Total attendance in the second day was 23 people. In the discussion section of second day, some of the heads took a chance to give their opinion about the meeting conducted by TLM. They confessed that they had never involved in intensive training and mentoring of how to make RKPdes and RPJMdes from the authorized. They worked with very limited knowledge and understanding so it is not a surprise that there was always irrelevancy in implementing development in village and everything related to the village fund management.
Lakat village head, Yahya Selan said; “I am so grateful to TLM because before it ran this training and discussion, we never received debriefing about how to manage village fund. If it is possible, please save 226 villages, not just 10.” Jacob Jesaya Lango, village head of Linamutu said; “TLM is incredibly care about us”, and General chief of FORKOMDES, Mr. Soleman Na’u added; “we have sub-district and village mentor but they never guide us. We are so thankful because TLM wants to do that. We will continue this training to sub-districts. We hope that TLM will keep mentoring us and listening to our complaints.”
This training will be passing on by attended village head to those who could not attend the meeting and also to all village secretaries who have never received training before.