Productive Garden Water Project Procurement

By jerrybrand,

The location of productive garden is higher than the location of spring. Therefore, to irrigate the water from spring to the garden, hydram technology is used under a consideration of low operation fund.
Installation steps of Hydram pump project;

  1. Measuring the distance between spring and productive garden.
  2. Measuring the elevation from spring and productive garden
  3. Pump installation, pipe installation and water tanks making.

Hydram pump installation project was started shortly after learning all the steps above. All these process invlolve local community (12 members of productive garden).
This hydram project can fulfill 0,5 acre of productive garden need. Aside from productive garden. TLM foundation also helps an Catholic primary school in Ngarukanoru by irrigate water to its garden .

Dam Making

Students help in collecting materials for dam

Supply tank for hydram project

Hydram pump installation

Making of water tank in productive garden area

Socialization of effectiveness of water using


Bak penampung yang sudah jadi dan siap pakai

Pemasangan Kerantapstand warga sekitar proyek air

Perawatan Rutin pompa hydrram oleh fasilitator desa

Pemanfaatan air untuk menyirami tanaman hortikultura


Village Forum in East Sumba Regency

By jerrybrand,

Enlightenment of “Village law number 6 year 2014 implementation” for village heads in East Sumba Regency

As a form of concern for village financial budget management that recently caused legal issues, TLM Foundation (TLM-GMIT) as a community empowerment institution, cooperated with NGO SADAR (Village and Budget School) from Kebumen, Central Java, Regional Government of East Sumba regency, that is village community empowerment agency of East Sumba regency is successfully conducted training and discussion on the implementation of Law number 6 year 2014 on Monday and Tuesday (27-28/November/2017) in Cendana Hotel Auditorium, Waingapu, East Sumba.

The opening ceremony that held in East Sumba regency was begun by singing “Indonesia Raya” together and followed by opening speech by TLM board chief, Yulius Riwu Kaho who said that,” TLM foundation that is a social foundation does not only serve social activity but also runs business units like BPR (Rural Bank), KSP (Saving and Loan Cooperative) and Consumer Cooperative that especially serve community economy empowerment to increase their living standard regardless tribe, religion and race. From the profit of these business units, TLM can serve several social activities like village advocacy/village heads mentoring, productive garden, scholarship, disability, and clean water program/WASH. This empowerment and mentoring are pure social activities of TLM that aim to help all of village heads who work in the village to have right understanding about village law number 6 year 2014 so that you can implement it well, especially in managing current village fund.” Said Riwu Kaho.

In this opportunity, head department of East Sumba village community empowerment agency, Yakobus Yiwa in his speech pointed out that he and his staff really appreciate TLM foundation which wants to assist them in giving enlightenment for village heads in their area as a form of care for East Sumba society in general and village heads in particular as they are the main performers of village law implementation. So he hopes that the village head can be more transparent and accountable in managing village fund.

The spokesperson of the training is Yusuf Murtiono of NGO SADAR, Kebumen, Central Java who has successfully fought for village rights through village school. The purpose of this training is to strengthen and improve the capacity of village heads in implementing law number 6 year 2014 on village and village fund management and also to socialize and form village government communication forum in East Sumba Regency.

The participants of the training and discussion were 184 village heads from invited villages (140 definitive villages and 44 prepared villages), but for the reason that this is the first time for this training to be conducted in East Sumba and difficulty in delivering invitation through phone for the village heads in countryside, there were only 137 village heads of 22 sub-districts in East Sumba regency who attended the training. By training 137 village head in East Sumba, TLM has successfully trained and mentored 297 village heads; 48 village heads from South Central Timor, 112 from Rote Ndao and 137 from East Sumba. TLM foundation hopes to keep maintain the cooperation with the regional government so that they can keep give trainings in other regencies to increase the understanding of village heads in managing village fund and to maximize the implementation of village development from planning to evaluation by decrease financial deviation practices that had happened before.

One of village heads who attended the training, Sony Tari Nalle, Metawai Atu village head said that he is so happy and grateful to TLM foundation for these two days of training where they got better understanding about the implementation of village law number 6 year 2014 and also it has opened their knowledge about right and authority of village head in managing village fund that always causes legal issue because the lack of understanding about applicable regulation.

In the end of the training, TLM and the village heads agreed to form FORKOMDES (Village communication forum) at East Sumba regency level with board composition as following; Jonison Lado Comerihi, Kadumbul village head as chief, Tanga Teul, Tamburi village head as secretary, and Marthen Umbu M. Natar, Matawai Amahu village head as treasurer. Thereafter, forum members chose 4 village heads from representative areas that were present at the moment as area coordinators to facilitate next trainings and discussions, where FORKOMDES core board will be trained by TLM staff with TOT (Training of Trainer) method, and then, they will be responsible to train other village heads in their area.

Transforming Barren Kiubaat into ‘Paradise’

By jerrybrand,

The atmosphere in GMIT Oeupun Secondary School, Sub-district of South Amanuban, Regency of South Central Timor, on Thursday (16/11/2017) in the daylight was different from usual. The school “dressed up” so well. At 11.00 of ICT, the sound of Natoni floated in the air. The voice of traditional figures loudly voiced, one after another. The students had their own way, dancing joyfully. They did not care about the heat of the sun. Around 200 students, their parents and teachers came together to express their happiness. They welcomed Executive Director of Tanaoba Lais Manekat Foundation (YTLM), Rozali Husein, Board Chief of TLM, Drs. Julius Riwu Kaho and several staff of TLM Foundation.

Welcome symbol and expression of happiness was showed by traditional shawl wrapping. So festive. Gong and kettledrum kept reverberating to enliven the atmosphere. The coming of TLM Foundation Executive Director, Rozali Husein and Board Chief, Julius Riwu Kaho was to inaugurate program of WASH (water, Sanitation, and Hygiene). WASH is a program initiated by TLM Foundation to provide facilities, infrastructures, trainings and access of information and knowledge for village community about environment sanitation and hygiene. Aside from that, the purpose of this program is to increase the community economy through productive garden program and water infrastructure whether for productive garden or WASH program implementation. As one of social foundation or non-governmental organization that has been working for decades in NTT, TLM GMIT Foundation has done many of empowerment activities in several villages in NTT.

Currently, TLM foundation service areas are located in Kupang municipal, Kupang Regency, TTS (South Central Timor), Rote Ndao Regency, East Sumba Regency and Sabu Raijua Regency through educated villages. After the welcome ceremony and shawl wrapping, the ceremony was continued with thanksgiving service led by Rev. Johana Ndun Zakaria, who is the Assembly Chairman of Rehobot Church in Kiubaat. Thanksgiving service was followed by speeches. At that opportunity, the principle of Kiubaat Public Junior High School, Gustaf Sikki and Kiubaat village 1 head, Lazar Tefu together delivered their gratitude to TLM foundation for its care for two institutions in Kiubaat by providing water access that they had been longing for. It is something they had never expected before and finally it does exist now, right in front of their eyes. Village community just needs to take care of it well and enjoy it. Meanwhile, Board chief of the foundation, Julius Riwu Kaho reminded schools and church, village government and village community not to see WASH program as TLM’s own program. If damage occurred, school and community should be responsible to fix it. Julius asked schools and community to take care and maintain the hydraulic ram technology responsibly. Water from pipes should not be drunk directly because it contains high e coli bacteria, so it should be boiled and filtered first. “the utilization of the water is just for MCK (mandi, cuci, kakus – bathing, washing and water toilet) and school garden. As for village government, please provide socialization to village community to not randomly using the area around river as toilet to decrease environment pollution”, said Julius.
The climax of the inauguration ceremony was when the students washed their hands directly from fiber tank tap, followed by the planting of five swietenia mahoni tree saplings by TLM Board Chief, TLM Executive Director, Principle of GMIT Oeupun Elementary school, School Committee Chief, and a student. The ceremony was closed by having lunch together.


Previously, on Wednesday (15/11/2017). TLM Executive Director, Rozali Husein said that one of TLM educated villages is Kiubaad, South Amanuban sub-district, South Central Timor regency. TLM foundation has been implementing productive garden program in this village since 2015. Kiubaan is isolated. The area is mountainous. The land is very dry and tends to be calcareous. Barren. Low rainfall. “for all this time, people in Kiubaat only depended on limited small river flow as their water source need, included for agriculture. This condition motivated TLM foundation to plan a river utilization strategy to make river water can be used maximally in larger amount”, explained Rozali. To not let this condition keeps happening; Rozali added that in 2016, TLM built a dam in the river to accommodate water for productive garden. Because productive garden is located higher than the river, TLM use hydraulic ram or hydram technology to pump the water without electricity. The success of hydram technology use in productive garden, as admitted by Rozali, became an indicator for TLM to irrigate the water from the same source to GMIT Oeupun elementary school. Rozali said that challenge faced by TLM is the location of school which is higher than the location of productive garden.
But, with the capability of human resources, renewal of hydram technology and support for school party and village community, TLM started WASH program. Rozali admitted that the installation process and provision of infrastructure was conducted in about two months. The process finished on 16 November 2017, and followed by inauguration, the handover of water infrastructure utilization from TLM Foundation to GMIT Oeupun Elementary school and Kiubaat Public Middle School (14 teachers and 202 students). Kiubaat who was barren is now a ‘Paradise’.

Namun dengan kemampuan sumber daya manusia yang dimiliki, pembaruan terhadap teknologi hidram dan dukungan dari pihak sekolah dan masyarakat, YTLM memulai program WASH. Rozali mengakui, pengerjaan instalasi dan penyediaan sarana dikerjakan dalam waktu kurang lebih dua bulan. Dan, pada tanggal 16 November 2017 pekerjaan tersebut terselesaikan dan dilakukan peresmian, serah terima penggunaan sarana air dari Yayasan TLM kepihak SD GMIT Oeupun dan SMP Negeri Kiubaat (jumlah guru 14 orang dan 202 siswa). Kiubaat, dulu gersang kini menjadi ‘Firdaus.’

What do they say…


Welem F. Nenobais
(Principle of GMIT Oeupun Elementary School)

We are happy; water tap is now in front of our classrooms

This is a great blessing of God through TLM foundation who have worked so hard to provide water infrastructure, whether it is dam, piping, hydram pump installation, water tanks, in primary and junior high school and moreover helped us by providing sanitation facilities such as wash basins, water taps in front of classroom, and hand basins for students and teacher.
Before TLM started this project in our village, we could not water the plant and it was even more difficult to wash our hand, especially for water for toilet. Our students had to bring water in 5 liter jerrycan from home every day while the distance from home to school is about 3 kilometers. If they did not bring it, then they should take it from the river. It caused them to be tired when studying. We are so grateful that water is now available in school so the students can start studying on time, they can study effectively so maybe they can have better achievement in the future.


Laasar Tefu

(Head of village 1, Uptuka – Kiubaat)

 TLM Foundation have brought water to School

We are so thankful for the help from TLM Foundation that have brought clean water to both school in Kiubaat. It has been decades that our students had to bring water from home every day with 3 kilometers distance. With this water project, we can now use the water to wash our hands, water our plants and even for toilet need.



Maria Talan
(6th grade student of GMIT Oeupun Elementary school)

Thank you so much, TLM Foundation

I am so grateful for the existence of water in our school. It makes my friends and I can take water directly from school to water our yard, plants and clean our classroom better. Compared to the previous condition, we had to bring water from home every day. Thank you TLM foundation, we have water in our school now.


Maria Mauboi
(Student of VIIb class, Kiubaat Public Middle School)


We do not have to bring water from home anymore

Of course we are so happy about this water project procurement. Now it is not hard anymore of us to attain clean water. Before this, we had to bring jerrycan full of water from home to school or from river to school. Thank you TLM foundation, God bless your service.

Officials and Community Training on Village Establishment based on 2014 Village Law

By jerrybrand,

On 2014, Government declared a policy to establish nation from village and it is followed up by the published of Village Law Number 6 Year 2014.
Villages are given autonomy to manage the establishment from planning to developing. Every year, Government provide village fund from APBN (Regional Revenues and Expenditures Budget). The management of the budget is the responsibility of village officials and village community. TLM Foundation takes part to improve the capacity of the officials and the community to.
The program is “Officials and Community Training about Village Establishment on the implementation of Village Law Number 6 Year 2014”.

A meeting to discuss training schedule


Village level training by TLM facilitators


Training of Community Participation in Village Establishment


Community Training of Village Establishment Plan


Village Official Mentoring in making Village Level Planning and Development


Official and Community Training on Village Establishment based on 2014 village law

Productive Garden Water Project Procurement

By jerrybrand,

The location of productive garden is 400m lower that water source. So, to irrigate water from source to the garden, TLM foundation and productive garden members use gravitate system. TLM provides pipe (HDPE) and several water tanks in garden area. This system will save operational fee.

Installation steps of pipe and water tanks;

1.Measuring the distance between spring source and productive garden.

2.Water need volume

3.Making of 2 water tanks.

This project is really helpful to water horticultural plants in productive garden so the members do not need to walk for miles to get water.


Spring that is used for productive


HDPE pipe material for water project installation


HDPE pipe installation


The making of water tank in productive garden area


Water for horticultural plants watering in productive garden


Horticultural plants watering using pipe