By jerrybrand,

For 3 days, from Friday (2/4/2021) to Sunday (4/4/2021), most of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) hit by Seroja tropical cyclone

Extreme heavy rain with speed reaching 65km/h caused flash flood and landslide, resulting in casualties, material losses and even traumatic experience and grief for most of people in NTT who are affected by the disaster.

The peak of the Seroja tropical cyclone occurred on April 5, 2021 midnight which then hit all areas in NTT which caused even more severe damage to infrastructure. Lots of people took refuge in safe buildings such as churches and big buildings. Currently, the temporary number of casualties has reached 68 people, 70 people were missing, 15 people injured, 3,723 people were displaced.

There are 12 regencies in NTT hit by the storm, they are : City of Kupang, Kupang regency, East Flores regency, Malaka regency, Lembata regency, Ngada regency, Alor regency, East Sumba regency, Rote Ndao regency, Sabu Raijua regency, Southeast Timor regency and Ende regency.

Those areas affected by the storm are included in the service are of TLM Foundation and GMIT (Christian Evangelical Church in Timor) such City of Kupang, regency of Kupang, Southeast Timor, Rote Ndao, Alor, East Sumba and Ende.

As a community empowerment organization that serves in NTT, TLM GMIT Foundation sympathizes with all victims and ready to be a Partner Organization for distribution of Aid for community affected by the disaster

Prayer and Support from all Donor Agencies, individual or sympathizers for people of NTT are needed for Recovery of NTT Province.

To donate :
TLM Foundation Emergency Respond Team
Account holder : Yayasan TLM
Bank : Artha Graha, Kupang Branch
Account Number: 1079551615
Swift Code : ARTGIDJA

Documentation of the impact of the disaster :

Kupang Regency

Sabu Raijua Regency

Rote Ndao Regency

Alor Regency

Flores Timur Regency


NTT Seroja Disaster Affected Data

No Location Impacted Victim Infrastructure Damage 
1 Kupang City 743 households/2.190 people >1 died  >10 hospitals are damaged  >657 houses are affected 
2 Kupang Regency >3 died
3 East Flores Regency 218 households >67 died >54 are injured >6 are missing >1361 IDPs >82  houses are severely damaged >34   houses are slightly damaged > 97  houses affected  >8 units of public facilities are severely damaged  
4 Malaka Regency >3 died >± 3.000 IDPs >1.154 houses are affected >65 units of public facilites are damaged
5  Lembata Regency >32 died >35 are missing >48 are injured >958 IDPs >224 houses are severely damaged >15 houses are moderately damaged >15 bridges are severely damaged, cut off access to several villages
6 Ngada Regency 6 households >1 is injured >19 houses are severely damaged >48 houses are moderately damaged >1 unit of public facility is severely damaged >5 units of public facility are affected
7 West Sumba Regency 63 households/284 people >54 houses are affected 
8 Sumba Tengah Regency   >21 houses are affected >2 public and social facilities are affected 
9 Sumba Timur Regency ±109 households/475 affected victims >1.803 households/7.212 people >7 public facilities are affected 
10  Ende Regency 346 affected households >1 died  >17 houses are severly damaged  >18 houses are moderately damaged >45 houses are slightly damaged >5 units of public and social facility are affected 
11 Rote Ndao Regency 133 households /572 IDPs >141 houses are damaged (12 houses are severely damaged
12 Sabu Raijua Regency 2 died  
13 Alor  Regency  households / 18  people >21 died >25 are injured >24  IDPs >179 houses are heavely damaged >180 houses are demorately damaged >5 public facilities are affected
14 Belu  Regency 167 households >>157 kk/525 IDPs >5 houses are severely damaged
15  TTU Regency 450 households /1800 people >150 houses are severely damaged 
16 TTS Regency 1235 households/4448 impacted victim >325 house are damaged

Data on YTLM Assisted Villages Affected by the Seroja Cylcon

No Assisted Village Impact of Disaster  Infrastructure Damage
1 Lelogama  19 IDPs : 4 male adult 4 female adult 6 boys 5 girls >4 houses are  severely damaged d d >5 houses are slightly damaged d >village road is slightly damaged d d >village brige is slightly damaged d >irigation channel is slightly damaged d >agriculture area is slightly damaged  >village market is slightly damaged >clean water source is slightly damaged >no access of electricity, telecommunication and public transportation

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By jerrybrand,

Benlutu Village is one of TLM Foundation Assisted Villages in TTS Regency since 2018, in empowering Benlutu village community through Village Law Implementation program, Village-owned enterprises assistance, home industry training and productive garden groups establishment.

This was conveyed by the Head of the Transformation Division of the TLM Foundation, Ferdy Frans when delivering his speech representing the Executive Director of TLM Foundation in the training of making Organic Liquid Fertilizer (PCO) and distributing 1.000 horticultural plant seedlings for 100 households in Benlutu Village, Batu Putih sub-district, TTS Regency recently.

He said, in 2021, in order to increase the effectiveness of the productive garden program during the Covid-19 pandemic and in response to the increasing cases of stunting and malnutrition in TTS Regency, TLM Foundation provided training in horticultural cultivation, assisting people of Benlutu Village to make use of their yards into productive gardens planted with horticultural plants which in the future can be a source of nutritional fulfillment for the family, even for the people of Benlutu village and neighbors.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, everything has been difficult, including meeting the nutritional needs of the family. For that, we are trying to provide a stimulus by providing training and distributing saplings so that they can be cultivated in a small scale but helpful. Besides not being difficult to care for, people can use the remaining water from the house for watering because they are planted in polybags in the yard as decorative plants,” explained Ferdi.

Furthermore, He stated that TLM Foundation held training activities in making Organic Liquid Fertilizer (PCO) for Benlutu community to increase their knowledge in caring for the plants that had been distributed to them. The training topic of making POC was chosen because POC materials are easily obtained from household waste, such as; food scraps, so that people do not have to spend money on fertilizer. In addition, POC is safer for plants than chemical fertilizers.

The training was held in two days where the first day of training was held at Benlutu Village Hall and the second day was held in Hamlet C, Benlutu village with 71 participants, trained by Defrid Banu, one of TLM Foundation agricultural staff and also attended by Head of Batu Putih Subdistrict, Drs. Agustinus F. N. Mallo, Head of Benlutu village, Obed Fallo and TLM Foundation Executive Director, Rozali and several staffs of the TLM Foundation’s agricultural program. Since this activity involved many people, Ferdy emphasized that they must keep implementing health protocols in order to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

On this occasion, the Head of Batu Putih District, Drs. Agustinus FN Mallo when opening the activity as well as handing over seedlings symbolically, in his speech gave his appreciation to the TLM Foundation for helping the Batu Putih sub-district government in various community empowerment programs in recent years so that one of the villages in his territory, Benlutu Village, has now become a Model Village in BumDesa development program.

“On behalf of the government, I thank TLM Foundation for helping us a lot and we obtain a lot of benefits of this assistance and cooperation. The Bumdesa of Benlutu Village is now the number one Bumdes in TTS regency so that other villages come to learn from us, and this is a pride for us, ”said Mallo.

Responded to the POC training activities and the distribution of seedlings, to the community of Benlutu Mallo emphasized that the distribution of 10 plant seedlings (eggplants, chilies, betel, ginger and tomato), two seedlings for each plant as an example and only a stimulus, for that he expects that the community could respond well by planting more around their house yards so that the 100 beneficiary households would become examples for other households in Benlutu village.

One of the training participants and recipients of horticultural plant seedlings from hamlet C, Yomina Boimau, admitted that she had never received this kind of training.

“I had never attended a POC making training before. So I bought fertilizer from the shop even if I have money, so if I get training like this I am very happy because I don’t have to go to buy fertilizer anymore, now I can make it by myself. In addition to theseedlings I’ve got from TLM, I will plant more so that the children and I can eat more types of vegetables because sometimes we only eat rice, no side dishes. Surely my children will be happy. ” admitted Yomina.

Similar admission was conveyed by Yohanis Eko, one of the other families who received seedlings when met by during the monitoring, stated that by the knowledge he got and the seedlings he received, he and his wife were motivated to plant around their house, considering their land for gardening is far and difficult to reach at their old ages.

“This is very good sir, my wife and I are happy because it can encourage us to plant in the yard. Even though it is only a few, it helps us a lot, so my wife and I wanted to plant more when the corn harvest is over”. He said. *Ona

With thanks to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program

#AustralianAid #amosaid #oppotunityinternational #ANCP

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By jerrybrand,

Tanaoba Lais Manekat Foundation (YTLM-GMIT), provided training and assistance in producing onion chili sauce to Ndula Luri Home Industry group in Kadumbul Village, Pandawai Sub-district, East Sumba District – NTT in the middle of November 2020.

“Ndula Luri” Home Industry group which in local language of East Sumba means “Supporting Life” that consists of 8 women from 7 families.

Naomi Mauhongga, the leader of Ndula Luri Home Industry Group”, explained to editor of, since the beginning of November 2020, Naomi with 7 members agreed with an Agriculture Facilitator of TLM Foundation who is placed in the village to manage harvest of chilies and onions become a homey product with economic value.

“We are farmers of onion, chilies and salt in Kadumbul Village, so in the harvest season we were overwhelmed to sell the harvest so sometime it is damaged because even though the harvest were large but it less buyer” Naomi Explained.

Furthermore, Naomi stated that, the price of chilies harvest for now is around IDR 20,000 to IDR. 30,000/ kg, garlic and onion also have high price because not all farmers have harvested yet. However, during harvest season, the price drops to IDR. 10,000/kg so they are really need this training to avoid from drop price of their harvest.

On this occasion, Maria Hepe Mangi, the treasurer of Ndula Luri group when asked about the sales results of the Onion chili sauce product, stated that during two weeks since the first day of produce on November 18-28, 2020, her group had already produced 5 times onion chili sauce which produced 172 bottles of onion chili sauce (200gr).

We have only produced 6 times, so there are 300 bottles of onion chili sauce that we have produced and we sold them at a price of Rp. 20,000 per bottle in Kadumbul Village, we send some to Melolo, Waingapu, Lewa, West Sumba and Kupang as well. Praise the Lord our income in less than three weeks has earned Rp. 6,000,000, – “Proudly Maria said.

In a separate place, Leany Adu, a Home Industry trainer at the Transformation Division of the TLM Foundation, when confirmed about the training, stated that the training aims to increase the economic value of the harvest of farmers in the assisted village of the TLM Foundation by utilizing local potential in the village so that it can improve standard of living of the community.

“Besides increasing the selling value of the crops, we (YTLM_red) also equiped them with additional skills such as how to operate production tools which may be new for them in the village because after this training we equip the group with production support tools such as; Blenders, plastic wrapping machines, meat grinders, bottles, stoves, onions chopper and other supporting furniture, ”said Leany.

Co-pastor of the Sumba Christian Church, GKS Maujawa, East Sumba, Paulina Lende. S.Th, who serves in the Kadumbul area was interested and took part in every training process up to the production of the onion chili sauce, admitting that she was surprised by this training where the instant food product that she usually find in supermarket or shops can be produced at home.

“I have only been serving at GKS Maujawa for a few months and I am very happy that this kind of training is available here. It will be a new experience for me when I lead the congregation someday. On behalf of our fellow members, we would like to thank TLM for this program!” concluded Co-pastor Paulina. * red_http: //

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By jerrybrand,

Ferdinandus Lanang (37) usually called Adi, married to Ana Koa (37), an Elementary School teacher and blessed with two children (two boys). They live in Benlutu Village-South East Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia.

Ferdinandus Lanang (37) usually called Adi, married to Ana Koa (37), an Elementary School teacher and blessed with two children (two boys). They live in Benlutu Village-South East Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia.

In the midst of 2018, the village head appointed him to join the training to be the BUMDESA director. But because he just completed Senior High School, he admitted that he didn’t know how to work using Microsoft office or other computer programs.

He is very grateful for all the training and mentoring he got from TLM foundation and village government.

He learned a lot about product marketing systems, financial management, basic computers, community service management and Bee Accounting programs.

He learned a lot about product marketing systems, financial management, basic computers, community service management and Bee Accounting programs.

“Praise God, since I was given this opportunity to learn and to lead, now I can manage this community business and we can sell up things for IDR. 1.200,000 up to IDR. 3.000,000 per day and with a turnover of IDR. 25.000.000, – up to IDR. 30.000.000, – per month, “Adi said.

Adi also said, from managing the BUMDESA for more than a year, he is now able to send his older son to senior high school because of his regular income from BUMDESA each month.

He expects that in the future the business will continue to grow so that they can accommodate all the village potentials, including agricultural products and home industries that are developed for the welfare of the people of Benlutu village.

with thanks to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program

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By jerrybrand,

There were 52 new village officials from five villages in the Batu-Putih Subdistrict, South Central Timor Regency, attended the Technical Assistance and Capacity Building of Village Officials on Thursday (3/9/2020) last week.

The one-day Technical Assistance (BIMTEK) was held in the hall of the Batu Putih sub-district office as the collaboration of the sub-district government with Tanaoba Lais Manekat Foundation (YTLM), and invited village experts (TA) at the TTS Regency level as the main speaker.

Head of Batu Putih Subdistrict, Drs. Agustinus F.N. Mallo When giving a speech at the BIMTEK opening ceremony, he appreciated the TLM Foundation for being willing to cooperate several times to facilitate training activities in the region of Batu Putih area.

“On behalf of the community and government of Batu Putih sub-district, I would like to appreciate and thank Mr. Freand, in this case the TLM Foundation, which has been paying more attention to Batu Putih sub-district through training and other empowerment activities,” said the Camat, who is familiarly called Edy.

Furthermore, he mentioned the aim and objective of BIMTEK as an effort to increase the capacity of village officials who had just passed the selection so that they could properly understand their respective main duties and functions in running the wheels of government in the village so that real development goals could be achieved, which is improving the community welfare.

He also mentioned that the participants who attended were the village secretary, KAUR, KASIE and hamlet heads from five villages namely Benlutu, Oehela, Tupan, Oebobo and Hane villages. Meanwhile, the two other villages, Boentuka and Tuakole, are still in the process of inaugurating their village officials so the BIMTEK will be given when they are ready.

Mr. Edy the Camat also Expected that by having the new village officials, there will also be new positive energy in the village so that it becomes the strength to move forward in giving effective and efficient services to village communities, as well as minimizing fraud that often occur in village financial management.

The materials provided for the BIMTEK as technical provisions for village officials, were; The Main Function of Village Officials, Village Financial Management in accordance with Permendagri No. 20/2018, Village Development Planning and Budget Implementation Document Administration Simulation (DPA).

Mr. Freand Teddy Neno as one of the speakers for the activity representing the TLM Foundation when giving a speech expected that after returning, the participants could understand their duties and functions in accordance with the mandate of the applicable law.

“All of you are different from the previous village officials because you passed the selection stages, you were not chosen by the village heads, therefore the work standards set were higher so we hope that through this training and simulation of filling out the village book formats, you can better in preparing budget implementation documents effectively and efficiently, “said Mr. Freand expectantly.

Meanwhile, regarding the implementation of activities that involved many people during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Freand stated that every activity held by TLM Foundation always applies the recommended health protocol.

“We always follow health protocols, TLM Foundation even in the couple months ago, allocated an amount of funds to provide five packages of PPE (personal protective equipment) for the five assisted sub-districts consisting of 2 hand washing tools, 1 thermo-scanner, and 1000 masks for every sub-district, including Batu Putih sub-district”, he said.

One of the training participants, Aplonia Maubanu, Head of Finance from Tupan Village, admitted that she was very happy to be able to take part in the BIMTEK when other villages had not received similar training so that this would be a provision for her and other village officials in carrying out their services in the village.

“I am grateful that I was just inaugurated but have been given this kind of training, especially on financial management based on the latest regulation of Permendagri 20, it is quite helpful for me in managing village finances,” said Aplonia. *Ona

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