TLM Foundation’s service in Regency of Rote Ndao has been running for 18 years, where TLM Foundation cooperates with society, government and church through its micro finance program run by KSP TLM (TLM Saving and Loan Cooperative) and Empowerment Program which directly managed by The Foundation. The Foundation’s service at the end of 2018 was closed with Village Law Seminar and Workshop for Community Leaders and Visit to its assisted productive garden.
Along with the enactment of Village Law as village heads and societies’ reference in developing their villages’ area and by the need of participation from all community components, including religious figures, TLM Foundation cooperates with GMIT Synod Assembly improving GMIT Pastors’ knowledge on Village Law to enhance their participation in their service areas.
The seminar and workshop is a cooperation between TLM Foundation and GMIT Synod supported by UnitingChurch Australia and has been conducting since September 2018 in TTS Regency, October 2018 in Alor Regency and December 2018 in Rote Ndao Regency, precisely from 4 – 6 December 2016 in Shalom Church, Mokdale, attended by 50 pastors from 6 territorial Presbyterian of Rote Ndao.
The purpose of the seminar and workshop is to inform the pastors as community leaders about Village law so they can participate in village development. Rozali Hussein, Executive Director of TLM Foundation in his speech said that one of the reasons behind the seminar and the workshop is because of the minimum participation of pastors in musrembangdes (village development deliberation and planning) so they need training to know their role as community leaders for they may be the only one university graduate in some certain villages. The Regent of Rote Ndao, Jonas Lun also attended the seminar and workshop and he promised that the pastors will be involved in musrembangdes.
The spokesperson of the seminar and workshop is Yusuf Murtiono, The Presidium of Formasi (Civil Society Forum), Kebumen. The materials provided in The Seminar and workshop include Village Development according to Theological Perspective such Village Law Essence, Village Authority and Deliberation as well as Village Fund Management. The participants were also equipped with material of human trafficking, disability and child protection.
“”This is the first village law training seminar and workshop for me. I feel that this is so useful because we as Pastors who serve in village need to know the pace of village development. We learnt so much from this seminar; from hamlet to sub-district planning level, even regency planning level so if it is possible we want to support and awareness for village heads and community about their rights and obligations, even about village regulation that grow along with village’s authority. We want to give spirit for village heads to walk in truth for righteous and prosperous villages and community in village heaven”. Said Untung Pria Setyawan, one of pastors from Northwest Rote Territory.
Aside from participating in the seminar and workshop, the participants were invited to visit productive garden assisted by TLM Foundation in Kolobolon Village that has successfully cultivated dragon fruits and became the only one village who grows dragon fruit in Rote Ndao. During the visit, the participants were explained about TLM Foundation’s community empowerment program through productive garden where community are trained on how to transform unproductive garden into productive, to cultivate plants organically, to process garden product into niche products (home industry training) as well as simple accountancy to manage their income from home industry products selling.
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