JOY AND HOPE AT WEST MANGGARAI
On January 26, 2022, the Diocese of Ruteng launched the Food Security Enhancement Program for Vulnerable Groups. This joint program of Caritas Indonesia and Caritas Canada (Development and Peace) has been implemented for 1 year.
The program which caters to migrant families where women are the head of the family is located in West Manggarai Regency, specifically in Kerahiman Ilahi (Divine Mercy) Parish, Sok Krutung and Hati Kudus Yesus Parish (Sacred Heart of Jesus),
The Caritas of Ruteng Diocese regularly supervises 4 organic farming groups distributed in these two parishes, namely the Bantang Cama and Kontas Momang groups in the parish of Sok Krutung, and the Cebo Gori and Campe Tau groups in the parish of Lando.
These four groups plant vegetable seeds, such as eggplant, long beans, water spinach, green beans, pakcoy and mustard greens.
Having six months of the planned one-year implementation, Caritas Indonesia organized the monitoring and evaluation (monev) at the end of May directly in the field to meet the farmers and harvest the crops.
WATER FACILITY IN KAMBERA DISTRICT
Out of the 22 sub-districts of East Sumba Regency, Kambera district is the most affected by the Seroja tropical cyclone disaster which occurred in April 2021. Many houses, agricultural areas and infrastructure were damaged, including the Kambaniru Dam.
The Caritas Diocese of Weetebula, in coordination with Caritas Indonesia, is continuing the reconstruction and rehabilitation program up to phase II, which runs from March to September 2022 focusing on assistance in the livelihood sectors , food and WASH.
On June 28-29, 2022, the Executive Director of Caritas Indonesia, Fr. Fredy Rante Taruk, visited the site of the Phase II program activities and symbolically handed over the assistance in the WASH sector to the beneficiaries. The handover event was held on June 28, 2022 in Lambanapu Village, Kambera District, East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. The repair and installation of drinking water installations was supported by the Deutscher Caritasverband (Caritas Germany).
Apart from the director of Caritas Weetebula, Father Agustinus Waluyo Abubakar, CSsR, the handover event was also attended by non-commissioned officers (Babinsa) from Kambera district, officials from Lambanapu village, local personalities, beneficiaries and the staff of Caritas Weetebula.
On this occasion, the Head of Kambera District appreciated the presence of Caritas, especially since the humanitarian program is still taking place in a difficult situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The beneficiaries of this drinking water installation program were 1,605 people (321 families) distributed in 6 sub-districts of East Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. (fs, as, mdk)