By jerrybrand,

Augustinus Mallo, He was born in Soe on 21 August 1966 and he is now 55 years old, married to Ivony Mallo-Patty and blessed with 5 children (M=3/F=2). He is now working as a sub-district head in Batu Putih Sub-district, South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.

The sub-district head who is familiarly called Eddy has a Complete name; Drs. Agustinus F. N. Mallo, has been trusted by TTS Regional Government for 9 years as the sub-district head in the Batu Putih sub-district since 2013 until now, overseeing 7 villages in his assisted areas.

Mr. Eddy is well-known as a hard-worker leader and does not like to sit still behind his office desk. He likes to visit and spend his working hours with village officials and the community in his 7 villages in rotation regularly because he thinks the real office is when he is being with the community.

This father of 5 children admits that he prefers to directly see and identify the problems that occur both in the village government system and those that occur in the community so that they can immediately find solutions to those problems for the sake of the village development and the welfare of the community.

In controlling the village government system, he revealed that there are many obstacles faced regarding regulations and laws that are always changing, while human resources in the area are inadequate, so it is very difficult to keep up with existing developments.

 “The laws and regulations are always changing and require us to adapt. Unfortunately, our human resources are still inadequate. So, we think we can’t work alone, we need other people. Praise God we met TLM Foundation in early 2018 which has an interest and concern in the field on village empowerment. We thought it was a very good opportunity for us to synergize,” he said.

He also told that since 2018 his sub-district area accompanied by TLM Foundation, they have really felt the benefits where TLM had assisted them in identifying the problems they were facing then tried to look for solutions by providing training on village laws, updated government regulations and so on, that they used as references in running the wheels of village government.

“Before we met TLM, we were really overwhelmed in making development plans, village documents, village reports because village officials did not understand their respective main tasks, it made us always late in submitting our documents to the district. But after we were assisted by TLM, it can be said that Batu Putih sub-district for the last 3 years has always been a role model in terms of making planning documents, budget absorption and reporting, that sent Batu Putih sub-district represented TTS district to attend village law coordination meeting in the province these last three years,” said the sub-district head Eddy.

In addition to the training received from TLM Foundation, continued the sub-district head, Eddy, technical and non-technical assistance were also carried out so that there was a follow-up on the progresses in the application of science in real practices. He also proudly mentioned one example of his villages; Benlutu village, which become one of TLM Foundation assisted village, is now quite successful in the field of empowerment, development and establishment of BUMDESA so that many villages, both from the TTS district and from other districts, conduct comparative studies there.

“As the sub-district head, I am proud of the progress and positive values that we have received and felt, for that on behalf of the village officials and the community from 7 villages in Batu Putih sub-district I would like to thank TLM Foundation and donor agencies who have contributed to assist us in running development works in the village. We expect that this collaboration will continue with new things as always.” he ends up.



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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