Local Widows Out of the List for Granted Houses

On June 27. 2013, The Regent of Merauke came to our village, Torai. At the time, we proposed to him that government can build some houses for local widows since almost of them now living in old and indecent houses. Now, there are 10 units of new houses have been built but, unfortunately, granted no one to those local widows. The village officials distributed the houses using a peculiar way like lotterey. Finally, all the houses granted to young families instead of the widows. We think, that is kind of a betrayal to our proposal to the Regent.

  • Sisilia M’jai, Villager of Torai, Merauke District.
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Cooperative for People’s Welfare

Actually, our natural resources, especially marine products, is abundant in Payum. Various kinds of fishes, shrimps, and crabs are available here. If those resources can be properly managed, we believe that our daily life will be better. Beside enough to fulfill our daily needs, those resources is also enough to earn money for our children education. Unfortunately, the fact is different. This is because we have no power to face with traders in the market who are fully controlling the prices.

I think if there is a cooperative here, it certainly can help us to overcome the problem. We need such as collective institution to collect and sell our products at fixed prices, then, also distributed our daily needs in a fair scheme. Local government could and should intervene by providing working capital, basic infrastructure and facilities and, not less important, a systematic tehnical assistance, training and education on how to initiate and manage a good cooperative.

  • Martinus Gebze, Villager of Payum Beach, Merauke District.
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Empty Promise, People Unsatisfied

In last  September 2013, the Management of Wasur National Park (Balai Taman Nasional Wasur, BTNW) met with us, the villagers of Sota, one of the villages nearby the Park. At the time, officials of BTNW have promised to buy our rahai seeds at price of IDR 300.000 (USD 33.3) per kilogram. They did it well three times and keep saying that they will buy again in December just before Christmas and New Year. However, nothing happen. Again, they have promised us to buy in January 2014 but, still, they not came yet until today. We are really disappointed.

  • Adolf Banggu, Villager of Sota, District of Sota.
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Tri Kanem, Keep Learning As High as Sky

Tri_KanemVeronika Triariyani Kanem, 28, is a mixed of Papuan Muyu and Javanese. She is working as one of core staff of the Office for Justice and Peace of Merauke Archdiocese (Sekretariat Keadilan dan Perdamaian Keuskupan Agung Merauke – SKP-KAME).  Daily called ad “Tri Kanem” or shortly just as “Tri”, she is a hardworker with passion and enthusiasm but never lost her enjoyment and humor.

Soon as accomplished her primary education at Public Senior High School (SMA) 1 Merauke, in 2005, she was directly joined with SKP-KAME as young volunteer while she continued her further education as a student of Merauke College of Technology (Sekolah Tinggi Teknologi Merauke – STTM). Her parents’ economic condition was made her studying while working. Lucky one, in 2011, she has finished her university years and graduated in computer science.

After several years as volunteer, Tri then appointed as a full-time staff of SKP-KAME. This is made her gained a lot of opportunities to attend various training and courses both domestic and in abroad. In 2007, she spent six months attended intensive English course in UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand. Back home to Merauke, she was appointed as Training and Community Education Program Coordinator of SKP-KAME which is made her spent more time to travel around remote villages and met with local communities.  Since 2011 until now, she was appointed as Program Manager of SKP-KAME, the second position after the Executive Director.

She keep her willingness to gain higher education. In 2012, she received a scholarship from the Provincial Government of Papua to accomplish her English course during six months in Denpasar, Bali, and finally gain an IIELTS certificate. Then, she received another scholarship from StuNed of the Dutch government to attend a short course on “Participatory Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PPME) – Managing for Impacts” in Wageningen University. In 2014, Embassy of New Zealand in Jakarta has selected her as one of recipients of New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship. Now, she is preparing herself to be a master degree student of the Department of Women Studies in Waikato University in New Zealand for the next two years.

For her, nothing is impossible as long as someone working hard, willing to learn, and keep praying.**KH

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A Christmas Gift from the Government

On December 21, 2013, the government of Merauke Regency have delivered a “Christmas and Nw Year’s Gift” for us, the villagers of Payum Beach. The gift is a cash money of IDR 15 millions (USD  1,363). They handed over the money in a small reception in front of Catholic Church of Payum.  The money then distributed to Neighorhood 20, 22, and 23 where majority residents are Papuans. We don’t know why Neighborhood 21 is not on the list of the recipients. Anyway, we are thanks to the government for their gift.

  • Paulus Kanis Basik-Basik, Villager of Payum Beach, Merauke District.
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Study on Natural Resource Management in Merauke Area

15-18 Desember 2013 – The Institute for Advocacy of Women and Children (Lembaga Advokasi Peduli Perempuan Merauke, eL-AdPer) have participated in a study on natural resource management in Merauke area focusing on the impacts of national mega-project –Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE)– to local women. The study was taken place in Bupul Village. This is a part of collaboration with Cooperation Forum of Papua’s NGOs (Forum Kerjasama LSM Papua – FOKER LSM Papua) and several local NGOs working and based in Merauke area such as WWF, Wasur Lestari Foundation, YASANTO, and  Silva Papua Lestari. Beside Bupul Village, the study also held in some other villages.

The study have found that local people, especially women, still profoundly depend their daily life on the forests surround. The forests is still main sources of their daily foods and energy. The forests also main source of their cash incomes, particularly from rubber, coconut and sago palms. We also found that still not so many local people have trying to optimize their houseyards for seasonal crops. Among 98 households in the village, only five of them who have optimizing their houseyards as productive gardens and orchards to produce daily vegetables, tubers, spices and herbs. The rest still fully depends on the forest. **BG

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