TLM Foundation GMIT Spreads Its Service “Wings”to Flores

By jerrybrand,
  • Partnering With PMD (Department of Community and Village Development) of Ende Region, Delivered Training for More than 70 Head Villages

  • Forming FORKOMDES (Village Communication Forum) in Ende

Within this last two years, Yayasan Tanaoba Lais Manekat GMIT (YTLM GMIT) has assisted and trained village officials and community to improve their capacity in implementing village law Number 6 Year 2014 and village fund management.

TLM Foundation focuses more on village fund that keeps increasing each year that opens the chance for fraud to increase that can lead village heads into jail.

TLM Foundation’s program covers planning, implementation and supervision of village fund so that by a good understanding on work system stipulated by law will automatically minimize the opportunity of fraud that has been going on.

TLM Foundation has successfully facilitated the forming of Village Communication Forum at provincial and regional level in 4 regencies that are TTS (South Central Timor), Kupang, East Sumba and Rote Ndao in 2016 and 2017

In this 2018, TLM Foundation intends to expand its service area to Flores Island. After a quick survey in Manggarai and Ende Regency, TLM with FORKOMDES Provincial level decided to start this program in Ende.

The good intention of TLM Foundation finally got a chance in 30 and 31 July 2017 when the intention was respectfully accepted by regional government of Ende regency through Department of Village and Community Development, cooperated with TLM Foundation to conduct training and socialization on village law number 6 Year 2016 on village and at the same time forming FORKOMDES regency level in Ende.

The training, socialization and forming that conducted for 2 days in Wisma Emaus Hall in Ende town was attended by Ende Regional Government from Department of Village and Community Development, more than 70 village heads who represented each sub-district, 2 village experts, representatives of TLM Foundation, Regional Representative Board Member who at the same time is one of TLM founder members, Ir. Abraham Paul Liyanto, NTT Province Regional House of Representative (DPRD) Chief; Mr. Anwar Pua Geno, SH and several governmental officials.

“Village fund keep increasing year by year. In 2018, even from APBN (State Budget), government allocated no less than 80 trillion and it will increase to 120 trillion in upcoming year. From the great fund, the opportunity for fraud to happen is huge. From about 72 thousand villages in Indonesia, 900 village heads had found committed fraud and put in jail for wrongly used of village fund. So as a social and community empowerment organization, TLM Foundation does not want it to happen to our friends” Said Mr. Rozali as CEO of TLM Foundation in his opening speech. 

Moreover, he stated that there are alreadt 366 village heads of 4 regencies who had joined this forum. He also hoped that the same forum can be formed in Ende with more than 120 village head so that there will be an organization to learn and exchange information among village heads about village establishment.

The training and discussion was officially opened by Head of Village and Community Empowerment Department Head, Mr. Yohanis Nislaka, as a representative of Ende Regent.

In his speech, he thanked TLM Foundation for its good intention to help government in delivering edification for village heads about existing financial/village fund management.

“The training initiated by TLM Foundation is a concern we should appreciate and be grateful. This is helpful for village government, especially our regency, Ende. Especially the socialization about enactment of Permendagri (Regulation of Ministry of Home Affair) Number 20 Year 2017 so that presented village head can understand well then apply it well too. Said Mr. Yohanis Nislaka

TLM Foundation also presented Kebumen FORMATION Presidium Board, Mr. Yusuf Murtiono as a spokesperson in the training.

At the end of the training, the participants and TLM Foundation agreed to form FORKOMDES in Ende Regency level and elected board members will be inaugurated together with FORKOMDES board from 4 regencies in upcoming September.

TLM-GMIT Foundation’s Strategy in Spreading Integrated Farming “Virus” Through Productive Garden

By jerrybrand,
Improving Farmers Capacity with Comparative Study

Tanaoba Lais Manekat GMIT Foundation (YTLM-GMIT) invited its assisted village community to transform unproductive land into productive to produce foodstuff that later be processed and sold as additional income source.

Currently, productive gardens facilitated by TLM are 8 gardens located in 8 villages, which are Sahraen and Nekmese in Kupang Regency, Enonabuasa and Kiubaat in South East Timor (TTS) Regency, Kolobolon, Maubesi and Lidamanu in Rote Ndao Regency and 1 productive Garden in East Sumba Regency, in Ngaru Kanoru.

The plants grown consist of vegetables and fruits that cultivated organically, make them safe to consume. Aside from productive garden, TLM Foundation also procures water project for productive garden using hydraulic ram technology or well known as hydram pump. The use of hydram pump is because the location of productive garden is higher than water source so a technology to irrigate water to garden for maximal plants care is necessary.

Productive garden has been so profitable for many of village community. Those who previously rarely consumed vegetables and fruits because the lacks of knowledge about land processing are now able to consume the food easily. Productive garden also created job for those who are ready to sell their crops.

To improve farmers’ knowledge and capacity in land processing and proper integrated farming technique that applies modern plant pattern, TLM Foundation provided opportunity for the farmers of new productive garden to conduct comparative study by visiting productive garden in TLM assisted villages that have been successfully developed the integrated productive garden.

Recently, from 10 to 13 July 2018, TLM Foundation gave opportunity to 5 productive garden member of Sahraen village in South Amarasi Sub-district, Kupang Regency with 1 village facilitator to visit Kolobolon and Lidamanu. In this comparative study, TLM Foundation presented 15 productive garden members from Maubesi with its village facilitator.

The comparative study done in 4 days was to provide opportunity for Sahraen and Maubesi productive garden member to directly observe dragon fruits cultivation process and its business concept developed in Kolobolon since 2014.

Organic productive garden of Kolobolon village has been successfully grown dragon fruits with unique flavor and it brought an excellent impact for the garden members of the garden where there are 70 dragon fruit plants that has bore fruits which have helped each member to get additional income from the crops. Until now, Kolobolon garden group has planted 10000 dragon plants and within 1 year, they can enjoy the outcome.

Tuti Aritonang, head of TLM Foundation transformation division stated her expectation of the comparative study, that she wishes the farmer involved in the study can learn and watch directly and can apply what they have learnt; that is holistic farming concept in their village.

“The members of productive garden now can enjoy the benefits of productive garden farming. They have been very successful within these 4 years and been enjoying the result. So they are blessed to bless. They can share their experience with members from other gardens by facilitating them so they can apply integrated farming technique to improve their life standard,” Said Tuti.

There are also other things observed and learnt by Sahraen and Maubesi productive garden members during comparative study such polyculture, seedbed making, plant rotation, organic fertilizer making using burnt straw as substitute of urea fertilizer, dragon fruit land preparation, cutting, nursery, planting, fertilization and plant care.

Moreover, the members were also equipped with post harvest processing, group management, the benefit of individual or group saving in TLM Saving and Loan Cooperative, effective and efficient clean water utilization that not only for productive garden needs but also for clarias catfish cultivation and poultry farm etc.

One of comparative study participant from Sahraen, Leksi Sufmena who are the group leader expressed his happiness of the chance from TLM Foundation so they can directly learn from successful and independent garden and they can become more open-minded in processing their garden effectively and efficiently.

“On behalf of Niwukor and Sahraen, we want to thank TLM Foundation who has invited us to this comparative study. We are so happy with this study. We are truly inspired with the success of Kolobolon and Lidamanu productive garden. Watching directly and closely like this uplifts our passion. With the new knowledge and experience of dragon fruit cultivation, we can try the method in our gardens,” Said Leksi after the comparative study session.

Revoked The Plan of Joining TKI Because of The Availability of Income Source in Village Through Productive Garden

By jerrybrand,

 The Role of TLM – GMIT Foundation in Preventing Human Trafficking

Productive Garden Program that has been implementing by Tanaoba Lais Manekat GMIT since 2014 is a top program who has been invaluable for society of NTT because aside from increasing community’s income, it is helpful for government in providing jobs in village in order to decrease and prevent village community to seek for job outside village which leads to high rate of Human Trafficking in NTT.

Human Trafficking is all form of human trade and exploitation domestically or internationally through mechanism of coercion, thread, abduction, deception and deceit or putting someone in a state of forced labor such forced prostitution, domestic slave, debt incurred or other slavery practices.
According to ION (International Organization for Migration), until the beginning of 2018, there are 8.876 human trafficking victim from Indonesia.

Noticing this problem, TLM Foundation feel called morally to commit GMIT Church diaconia started to think of a solution to help government and society to reduce the high rate of human trafficking. One of the solution offered is to create jobs and income source by utilizing available resource, that is transforming unproductive land into productive garden which produces productive plants with economic values to help society in improving their life standard, whether from health or economy aspect.

Since 2013, TLM Foundation through its village facilitator has been implementing the program in several villages including Kiubaat, South Amanuban, TTS (South Central Timor).

Bildad Tefu is one of productive garden members in Kiubaat Village. He was born in Oeupun, Kiubaat in 16 February 1967. Bildad could only finished primary school because of his family’s economy state. He then worked as a construction worker. Getting bored with his job, he decided to go to Sulawesi in 2003 to work in oil palm plantation. After several years of living in Sulawesi, he went back to Kiubaat and he got married to his beloved wife, Berta Lape. Both are blessed with 2 children.

Economy situation forced him to work hard so he can fulfill his family’s need of food, clothing and house. He planned to join TKI (Indonesian migrant worker) program offered by some factions. But after some times, he met agriculture facilitator of TLM who offered productive garden program.
His family and his neighbor then agreed to form agriculture group, transforming unproductive land owned by his family that finally brought additional income to cover their daily needs, moreover to give good nutrient for his wife and children.

Bildad finally decided not to join TKI program offered to him. Couple of months after, he heard that the program was illegal.

“Praise the Lord, now I have income. I do not have to go abroad just to suffice my family’s need. We can actually earn money in village if we want to be diligent”. Said Bildad

“With TLM Foundation who wants to assist, guide and teach us about modern agriculture technique, we already have crops in 2014. From our sale of chili, tomato, papaya, dragon fruits and others plants, my wife and I could save for our children’s education, daily consumption and we can even build a house. Now I have no desire to go abroad for working”. He continued.

THE CONTRIBUTION OF TLM FOUNDATION IN IMPROVING EDUCATION QUALITY IN NTT

By jerrybrand,

Able to send her son to university because of Education Aid

 

Poverty is one of social issues in East Nusa Tenggara. According to Lucky Karyanto from Indonesian Team for The Acceleration of Poverty Reduction, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is the poorest province after Papua and West Papua.

One of the reasons of high percentage poverty in NTT is weak quality of human resources caused by low quality of education. Ministry of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy said that education in NTT is at the third of national lowest rank.

Looking at the issue, TLM-GMIT Foundation as an empowerment institution initiated to improve human resources quality in NTT by procuring education aid program in form of education loan with low interest rate and scholarship.

 

TLM Foundation Education aid program has been starting since 2015 while scholarship program has been starting since August of 2017. The implementation of this program was begun with a survey of problems and needs according to NTT society’s circumstances. This aid is given to parents with children who are in High School grade and university who have school expanse arrears because of poverty.

Penyerahan Beasiswa YTLM secara simbolis kepada 30 orang anak Yapenkris di SMK Kristen 1 Kupang

 

Penyerahan Secara Simbolis Beasiswa YTLM kepada 30 orang anak Kurang mampu di SMK Kristen 1 Kupang

Kristin Malle, staff of TLM Foundation who handles education loan said that until this June of 2018, TLM Foundation has disbursed education aid for 200 people while total of students who has received scholarship are 30 students. One of education aid clients, Mrs. Hagar Fallo who was interviewed in her house in Atuif Street, Jalur 40, Village of Belo stated that before he knew about this program, he borrowed money from other institutions but it was difficult because the interest rate was so high. Mrs. Fallo also tried to submit loan requests to some financial institutions but they were rejected with the reason that Mrs. Fallo was doubted that she will not be able to repay the loan.

Hagar Fallo, one of Education loan clients with her son, Magel Banunaek

TLM Foundation provides loan with very low interest rate, even it feels like a loan without interest. The installment is also small so it is not hard to repay. My husband and I decided to borrow from TLM because of its low interest so it does not cause burden for us to repay. Only TLM Foundation that makes it easy for us, that is why I will stillvborrow from TLM for my daughter who later will enter university because I have seen that the success of my first son in his education is because of this education loan.” Said Mrs. Hagar Fallo who has been education loan client since 2015.

Dedication of a Bachelor in Developing Village Community

By jerrybrand,

Together with TLM Foundation Developing Nation from Village

Productive garden is a community development program that has been implementing by Tanaoba Lais Manekat Foundation since 2014 to improve poor families’ income in village by utilizing unproductive land. This program aims to transform unproductive land into productive so that the land can produce plants with economic value which can help community to enhance their life standard whether from health or economy aspect.

Since 2014 until 2018, TLM-GMIT Foundation has successfully implemented productive garden in 8 villages that located in 4 regencies of East Nusa Tenggara. Those villages are; Nekmese and Sahraen in Kupang Regency, Kiubaat and Enonabuasa in South Central Timor, Kolobolon, Maubesi and Lidamanu in Rote Ndao Regency and Ngaru Kanoru in East Sumba Regency.

This program was formed from survey done by TLM-GMIT Foundation’s facilitators on villages’ potency. One of the facilitators, Freand Tedi Neno, a bachelor who is willing to live in village and mingle with villagers to do all activity of village people such as farming, planting and harvesting paddy, climbing tuak/siwalan tree so that he can experience the difficulty of living in village as a poor and also can be accepted as one of village community.

Freand Tedi Neno or familiarly called as Freand was born in Kupang, 18 April 1984. He is a graduate of Nusa Cendana University (UNDANA) Kupang, department of business administration. Freand got married to Sofeni Octavianus in 2016. Freand has been placed as facilitator in village of Kolobolon, sub-district of Central Rote since 2014.

During his service in the village as a facilitator, he delivered agriculture training to the community like horticultural, cultivation, how to combine seasonal plants in order to earn regular income, organic farming, plants treatment and post-harvest processing. Aside from that, Freand also provides teaching and training of health and village government mentoring in planning and implementing village programs.

Freand added that a facilitator does not only do mentoring and supervising and the act as “facility” to accommodate community’s aspiration as a representative of institution where he works. To collect the aspiration, Freand conduct a regular meeting to discuss weekly activity of productive garden members and their next week target as well as to discuss members’ finance that they earn from the garden. The purpose of the discussion is to make sure that decision taking is the result of agreement between members and facilitator (TLM-GMIT Foundation).

Freand stated that with the regular weekly meeting, he can see that members have gone through a change in the way of thinking where previously they just planted to fulfill the need of daily consumption but presently they see garden products as income source that can increase their economy life. Moreover, with the regular weekly meeting that involved all members, they become more courageous to state their opinions and aspirations. In other side, Freand notices that the purpose of TLM-GMIT Foundation placing a village facilitator can be achieved where the community has been more innovative in making the most of their village potency. Members whose incomes are from productive garden are able to plan their future by saving.

Freand admits that serving as a facilitator is not an easy job, especially for university graduates who tend to have dream for getting job in big city. This is because he has to live far away from his family and has to adapt with new environment and new life style. But his job as a facilitator can be understood by his wife, Sofeni Octavianus who is now serving as a Vicar in Noebanu, East Amanatun. Sofeni’s service in village enables her to understand the hardship of the poor in village so she can keep supporting her husband’s work in developing village community.

Even if there are a lot of things that makes a facilitator as a difficult profession, Freand says that he is proud of his job because he can be a “changing agent”. With many positives change that has happened to community, Freand says that being a facilitator is a delighted service. Friend also states other reasons why he is proud to be a part of TLM-GMIT foundation as a facilitor;

“Working a village facilitator of TLM-GMIT foundation has helped me to improve my life economically and help me to achieve my goal to develop village community”. Freand also added that according to him, productive garden is a solution to create employment in village so the community can feel comfortable to live in village and not being pressured by economic recession to venture to big city as TKI/TKW (Indonesian Migrant Workers) to fulfill their life needs”.