Mata Air dan Tanam Untuk Kehidupan

Mata air membuncah.Ruah dalam persetubuhan dengan tanah.Disesap oleh hehijauan sang pohon.Menjalar menelusup dalam raga-raga manusia.Bersama terjalin harmoni,hingga terduduk diam aku dalam pilinan alunannya Sepenggal puisi tersebut seolah menjadi ringkasan hidup saya dalam menempatkan penghormatan terhadap mata air. Saat saya bertemu dengan teman-teman yang juga memperhatikan mata air. maka kami semakin berbulat hati untuk melakukan sesuatu yang mengandung kebaikan untuk mata …

Wangi Gaharu di Lahan Kering

Mahrun masih muda. baru 35 tahun. ia bukan pejabat pemerintah. la hanya seorang petani yang tinggal di tepi hutan dan guru ngaji di kampungnya. Namun tugasnya sudah melebihi para pejabat di kampung. Hampir tiap hari, dia selalu menerima berbagai pengaduan masyarakat. Mulai dari masalah pertanian yang kurang subur hingga kesulitan ekonomi. “Pak Ustadz, kenapa hidup kita selama ini tidak pernah …

Perempuan Menenun Menyelamatkan Mollo

Masih tergiang di telinga Yati pesan mama Marcelina Anone. Saat itu mama Salin, panggilan Marcelina, sedang terbaring tak berdaya di atas dipan di salah satu sudut lopo, atau rumah bulat. Sudah lebih satu minggu perempuan itu sakit batuk dan sesak nafas. Makin lama makin parah keadaannya. “Kamu harus jaga batu, kalo tidak kamu pindah dan jadi asing di lempat orang”. …

Through Weaving, Empowering Women

Through Weaving, Empowering Women

The two women stood face to face, having a dialogue without any sound. One took a piece of paper full of numbers scribbled down and a metal ruler in 30 cm size. Another one held a tote bag that has just finished being sewn. Around her neck hung a cloth measuring tape. Several times she put the meter into the …

Revitalizing Rubber Community

Revitalizing Rubber Community

One middle-aged lady playfully held the knife with a hooked tip. Just like an accomplished dancer, she swirled around and nicked the trunk of rubber trees along her path. While, occasionally, blew her cigarette’s smoke into the air Ihe lady’s name is Mrs. Monon. She is a rubber tapper living in the village of Tempayung. The village is located in …

Koro the Treasure of Wonogiri

Koro the Treasure of Wonogiri

“Velvet-bean tempeh. ma’am., traditional food from Wonogiri”, Surati was trying to sell her bacem (marinated) velvet-bean tempeh by offering a plate of it during a meeting in Jalirejo, Wonogiri. Velvet beans (Koro Benguk) are widely used by the people of Wonogiri to make lempeh. If you enter Wonogiri in Central Java, you can find velvet-bean tempeh in the markets, food …

Life in the Tradition, Death in the Land

Life in the Tradition, Death in the Land

Throughout their history the people of Sebadak Raya have never clashed with the neighboring village, Pangkalan Suka. More over, the two villages were once united as one family. However since the entry of a palm oil company into the area two years ago. there has been a feud between the two villages up till now. In the past the ancestors …

Weaving for Life Movement

Weaving for Life Movement

That July morning the temperature in Mollo was cold even though the sun was so bright. That’s because Mollo is situated at the foot of Mt. Nausus in South Central Timor (TTS). Its’ altitude is 1,200 meters above sea level. Nonetheless, the cold air does not deter Mama Maria (50) to tell me about the issues with ikat woven fabrics …

Small Solution for Big Problem

Small Solution for Big Problem

Leuwi Gajah, Cimahi, February 21, 2005, 150 people died in one night. A landfill (TPA) where garbage from Bandung city, Bandung regency and Cimahi city was deposited exploded and slided. Methane gas was trapped in the garbage heap. Its concentration increased by time. Until one time, it was no longer bearable, it blew up heap of garbage and caused avalanches …

Planting Mangrove, Harvesting Blessing

Planting Mangrove, Harvesting Blessing

West monsoon is the toughest season for fishermen in hamlet III, Sei Nagalawan Village. The community called this season as ‘Bakat* or ‘wak Uteh’, which is the time when the weather was bad, the waves are high so that fishermen could not go to the sea. The peak of Bakat is in October to December when fisherman families are in …

Lurik Peeking the Global Market

Lurik Peeking the Global Market

A woman in her 50s came up to a handicraft exhibition stand. The woman was wearing a silk batik, kebaya, and carrying a Louis Vuitton handbag. She was standing in front of the stand, and holding the bag. She looked at a price tag, frowned, and then said, ‘It’s just a lurik cloth, lady. Why is it so expensive?’ Herlin, …

Ciliwung is Our Life

Ciliwung is Our Life

The walls in the alley entering Bukit Duri area are full of eye-catching graffitis. The graffitis contain messages like “Green Ciliwung”, “Mutual aid tgotong royong) society area”, “Refuse relocation”, and many more messages alternating with paintings of human faces, and drawings of plant roots spreading on the wall. The graffitis are almost 500 meters in length providing a different atmosphere …