Young People and Students of Kiubaat involved in The Rehabilitation of Weir and Hydram Pump in Oeupun River – Kiubaat Village

By jerrybrand,

Looked very enthusiastic, 7 youngsters involved in helping Oeupun weir rehabilitation in sub-village 01, Kiubaat village, South Amanuban sub-district, Southeast Timor Regency for two days on Wednesday and Thursday of last week

Aside from the reason that they are united as a one big family of TLM Foundation assisted village, Kuiltit group that has always been depending on weir water for their garden also realize that the sustainability of productive garden program is a part of village young people as next generation and as people in charge for Kiubaat village, especially Oeupun sub-village development.

The reason behind the rehabilitation of the weir is because the weir that has been built by TLM Foundation since 2016 was damaged by flood occurred in January and February 2019.

The weir was built to create enough elevation for hydram (hydraulic ram) installation to pump water from river near Kuiltit productive garden location.

“this weir is very important for our assisted farmers and students because it should be in good condition in order to pump water from river to garden and school. If it is damaged, people cannot water their plant.” Explained Defrid Banu, TLM Foundation Agriculture Facilitator who were involved in the work.

He also told that the rehabilitation project started from collecting river stones and sand in weir, putting the stones into gabion, repairing weir wall using cement mix and fixing pipeline that connect the weir to water tanks in school location (Primary and Junior High School) and productive garden.

In their spare time, the facilitator and TLM water staff who assisted the project tried to persuade young people in the village to get involved in productive garden routine activity in the future.

“I persuade them (young people) to join us by forming young farmer group and we from TLM Foundation will help by providing technical assistance so they can start to work and develop this village.“ Said Defrid.

Defrid also mentioned that 1 of 7 young men who were voluntarily helped rehabilitating the weir was a disable man.

The man who refused to mention his name was very industrious and persevering when collecting and carrying river stone using plastic sack as seen in the picture above.

Beside the man, students of Kiubaat Junior High School and fifth and sixth grade students of Oeupun GMIT Elementary Public School, assisted by some teacher were also involved in the project as they are the beneficiaries of TLM Foundation Clean Water Project.

Everyone who were involved looked so excited collecting stone around weir location as a part of their participation and hydram pump installation maintenance from river to Elementary and Junior High School location.

“the students are so happy to help because they have to take water using jerrycan for bathroom, hand-washing, and watering plants in school yard when hydram pump is damaged,” said Gustaf Dominggus Siki, Principle of Kiubaat Public Junior High School.

He also hopes that the rehabilitation project will finish soon and when the water can finally irrigate normally, TLM Foundation facilitator can help in organizing water distribution so It can be fairly distributed whether for productive garden or the schools.

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TLM Foundation Introducing New Plant to Improve Farmer’s income in Remote Area of Sumba Island

By jerrybrand,

Lapa Hihi (45) is one of seasonal farmers in Ngaru Kanoru village, Umalulu sub-district, East Sumba Regency.

In his daily life as a farmer, Lapa cultivates his land to plant corn, tubers, and nuts where the crops is used to fulfill his daily life while raising cows, pigs and buffalos around his house.

In 2014, TLM Foundation through its village facilitator chose Ngaru Kanoru as one of its assisted villaga which later formed productive garden group named “Mondu Lambi”

In the beginning, Lapa Hihi was not a member of TLM Foundation assisted group but after seeing group members’ activity who grew plants according to right Operational Standard Procedure such how to make seedbeds and fertilizer, proper plant treatment to harvest procedure. Then Lapa asked to join the group as member.

“at the first, I did not want to join the group because I think it was a waste of time and there would be no result so it is better for me to grow plants myself, I could produce more” confessed Lapa Hili.

“but when I look at them (group members), they worked on the garden properly and had good crops, I finally asked to join them and work with them”, he continued explaining.

Lapa Hili is also known as a diligent farmer in Ngaru Kanoru but with his limited knowledge on agriculture, he only planted plants he knew like cassava, nuts and corn.

After joining as member of productive garden in Ngaru Kanoru, now he has became so agile in agriculture, planting variety of horticultural plants that are new for him and community assisted by TLM Foundation fasilitator.

“we just knew about cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, California papaya, dragon fruits, beetroot, onion, “tuk tuk “onion and other new plants, I had no idea about the plant before” he said.

Aside from getting more knowledge and experience in agriculture sector, Lapa Hihi is also very active in helping TLM Foundation water project installation in Ngaru Kanoru like building water tanks and now he is the assistance cadre of TLM Foundation in Ngaru Kanoru.

Iapun mengungkapkan rasa syukurnya bisa bergabung dengan kelompok kebun produktif binaan Yayasan TLM yang sangat menolongnya bercocok tani terpadu dan menambah penghasilah keluarga.

“saya ucap terimakasih untuk TLM yang sudah ajar kami tanam-tanam dan bisa tambah-tambah penghasilan karena awalnya kami tidak tau, sekarang sudah bisa sendiri” Tutupnya. (Vembry Lomi)

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