Fighting, Armed by The Map of Customary Territory

Fighting, Armed by The Map of Customary Territory

Onme – Onme Hai Pah Ma Hai NifuTpao Mat Panai Pah Ma Nifu Neo Sufa-Ka’uf” Whatever happens, this land will remain to be our customary territory. And. we are determined to keep it for our future generations” The words above must have some magical power for the members Atoin Melo Tribe in the District of North Mollo, South Central Timor/Timor …

Persistence in the Front Line

Persistence in the Front Line

“As the sign of a virtuous character, one would stay away from destroying the nature.As the sign of respect for the future, one would guard the seas and keep the earth”. “lf one wants to survive. one would protect the seas and the straits.keep the earth with its lush forests, where sustenance and grace lie.there lies all kind of imagery, …

Farming, and Saving the Peatlands

Farming, and Saving the Peatlands

It was three o’clock in the morning. The air was still cold, but the women in the village of Tanjung Baik Budi were already busy. Siti was one of those women. She had a long list full of activities for the day. Her pandan plants had grown up to two meters. Those pandans must be cut for the material of …

Springs and Planting for Life

Springs and Planting for Life

“Bubbling springs.Pouring out in the reunion with the soil.Sipped by the greenery of the trees.Growing, seeping intohuman body.Together interweaving a harmony, I sat still ast oundedin the twist of its rhythm” This piece of poem above pretty much sums up my life attitude on springs. When I meet up with friends who also have the same concern with springs,we become …

The Fragrance of Aloes Wood in a Dry Land

The Fragrance of Aloes Wood in a Dry Land

Mahrun was still young, only 35 years old, he was not a government official. He was just a farmer who lives on the edge of a forest and teaching Koran in his kampong. But his task was beyond of the officials in the kampong. Almost every day, he received numerous complaints from the community. Ranging from less fertile lands to …

The Weaving Ladies Who Saved Mollo

The Weaving Ladies Who Saved Mollo

The message from Mama Marcelina Anone is still ringing in Yati’s ears. At that time Marcelina, also called Mama Salin, was lying helplessly on a wooden bed at the corner of her lopo, or round house. She has been coughing and having breathing problems for over a week. Her health condition was getting worse. “You must take care of the …

Penyusuran Jejak Komunitas Menuju Kemandirian

Penyusuran Jejak Komunitas Menuju Kemandirian

Setelah rangkaian harapan dari Bali 2007 hingga Kopenhagen 2009 dilaporkan dengan hasil yang tidak memuaskan, masyarakat dunia tetap terus menyimpan harapan untuk mencegah kenaikan suhu dan meperlambat kemsakan bum Banyak dilaporkan kesibukan para juru rimding, kepala negara, ilmuwan, pembuat kebijakan dan aktivis untuk mencapai kesepakatan global yang mengikat secara hukum dan serius untuk memotong emisi karbon sehingga cukup untuk bumi …

Mewarnai Indonesia

Mewarnai Indonesia

Alam menyediakan banyak warna untuk hidup, sebagai ruang tumbuh, belajar, dan bcrkembang. Alam juga memberikan berbagai potensi sumber daya sebagai modal kehidupan dari generasi ke generasi. Indonesia adalah negara yang bisa berbangga dengan kekayaan yang dimilikinya. Berbagai tangan ikut ambil andil dalam mengelola sumber daya yang harus digunakan untuk sebesar-besarnya kemakmuran rakyat. Komunitas merupakan komponen utama dalam mengelola sumber daya …

Community's Contribution to Develop Sustainable Future

Community’s Contribution to Develop Sustainable Future

Throughout my ten years of work in small grants funds management, for both bilateral and multilateral development programs, I have found out that in a lot of discussions participants are busy thinking over and formulating answers to fundamental questions such as, “To what extent do small grants programs generate impacts on the environment and the quality of people’s lives?”, “How …

Tracing Footsteps towards Self-reliant Community

Tracing Footsteps towards Self-reliant Community

Despite unsatisfactory results from Bali COP 2007 to Copenhagen COP 2009, the global community still has a hope to prevent the increasing global warming and to slow down global degradation. Many reports speak of negotiators, governments’ heads, scientists, policy makers and activists seeking global, serious and legally-binding agreement to cut down carbon emission, at a level enough for the earth …

Painting Indonesia

Painting Indonesia

Nature provides so much color to life. Not only it is as a space to grow, learn, and develop, it also offers various resources for the continuation of human living from one generation to the next. Indonesia deserves to be proud of its natural endowment. The management of these resources must be directed towards the greatest prosperity of the people …

Semau Beta

SEORANG bapak tua menatap empat perempuan yang dudukdi meja sebelahnya di restoran Hotel Pelangi, Kupang, pada pagi cerah itu. la tertarik melihat keempatnya yang terkesan canggung dan malu-malu di tempat itu. Mereka bercakap-cakap dengan suara perlahan, seakan takut orang-orang di sekitar tempat itu mendengarkan. Mereka juga saling dorong ketika akan mengambil nasi goreng, telur dadar, dan irisan timun yang disediakan …