On April 25, 2013, the Regent of Merauke, Romanus Mbaraka, have commemorates the new market of Wamanggu in Merauke Town. This modern facilities was expected to improve livelihood of local vendors, especially local Papuan women. There are about 200 of local Papuan women have their own lots now in the market. They are very happy, of course, but there are still many of them can not be accommodated. The space is too small. Some of them frankly spoke out their disappointment. Anyway, this is a good step of local government to response the urgent demands of local Papuan women vendors which was neglected for long time. Hope that this new facilities can solve part of their problem, at least.
- Yohanes Eperi, Student of STISIPOL YALEKA MARO, Merauke
The Regent of Merauke, Romanus Mbaraka, have commemorated the new market of Wamanggu, on April 25, 2013. I’m one of about 200 local Papuan women who have a lot in this new facilities but still many can not be accommodated. The space is too small for hundreds of us, can not load all of our stuffs. The most important is the fact that many of those already have a lot here are actually non permanent vendors, just seasonal. Why?
- Mama Rosa, A Vendor of Wamanggu Market, Merauke.
There are 138 students of Public Senior High School (SMA Negeri 1) Kurik have attended National Examination on April 15-18, 2013. The students of Science Studies took examination on Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Bahasa Indonesia, and English. The students of Social Sciences took examination on Economics, Geography, Sociology, Bahasa Indonesia, and English. The exam was directly overlook by two inspectors of State University of Musamus, Merauke. All of classroom supervisors are teachers from State Junior High School of Merauke Town while all of us –the teachers of SMA Negeri 1 Kurik– not allowed to watch the exam in order to avoid our own vested interests with our own students.
- Adrianus D. Pudyastanto, Teacher of SMAN 1 Kurik, District of Anim-ha, Merauke.
Paustinus Ndiken, 34-years old, a man of Marind tribes, a resident of Muting Village in Muting District. Now, he is a civil servant as a teacher in a local elementary school, SD YPPK Don Bosco, after served as voluntary teacher in the same school for four years, 2003-2007.
Living in remote countryside was not make him totally parted away from modern life. He is very skillful in operating computer and surfing in virtual world of internet. He learnt the skill years ago when studied in Senior High School in Merauke Town and attended diploma program in the University of Cenderawasih in Jayapura City. For his skills and talent, he was appointed by Local Customary Agency of Malind Mbian as Coordinator for Land Tenure Issues of their traditional territories.
Daily called as ‘Paus’, the father of a little girl said that Marind People and their land is like fishes and water, can not be detached from each others. Recently, traditional area of Marind people was invaded by a huge investment of plantation estates such as palm oil and timber concessions. Paus have a deep concerned on the issue and always reminding all of his sisters and brothers of Marind people not to sell out their land. He is always underlining the important of being wiseful based on their own traditional wisdoms. He is deeply belief that deliberative process is the best way to decide any collective actions in the community for the shake of their own future generation.**
11 – 29 Maret 2013 – Staf of SKP-KAME, Tri Kanem, have attended a short-course on Participatory Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PPME) Managing For Impact in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The course was organized by the Centre for Development and Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen University. There are 26 participants came from Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Pilipphine, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Peru, Pakistan, Palestine and the Netherlenads itself.
Generally, the subject of the course is how to formulate and run a participatory planning, monitoring activities and evaluation both for government and non-government organizations. All participants also shared their own practical experiences so far. In the end of the course, every participants drawn out a tentative follow up plan to implement their new knowledge in their respective organizations.
The course was funded by the Netherland’s government through Student in Netherlands (StuNed) Scholarship managed by Nuffic Neso. From Indonesia, there are 4 participants came from Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, and Merauke.***VTK
In my village, Sota, TELKOMSEL –state telecommunication company– has built a telecom tower and was succesfully passed a trial period in Fberuary 1-5, 2013. We are the villagers very happy but no longer. In April 2, 2013, a thunder hits the tower and we have no more telecom signals again until today. Hope that local government here and TELKOMSEL could take immediate action to solve the problem.
- Urbanus Bohoji, Villager of Sota, District of Sota, Merauke.