Belasan anak muda berkumpul di kantor Desa Pitusunggu Kabupaten Pangkajene Kepulauan (Pangkep), Minggu (10/09/2017). Mereka berkumpul untuk mengikuti lokakarya GALS (Gender Action Learning System). Anak muda yang telah mengikuti lokakarya sebelumnya menjadi pemandu kegiatan dan berbagi pengalaman dengan teman-teman di desanya. Mereka belajar menggunakan salah satu metode GALS untuk menjelaskan masalah mereka dalam bentuk gambar berupa pohon masalah (Problem Tree). Anak muda menggambar masalah-msalah yang terjadi pada kesehariannya. Dan secara bergantian menceritakan gambar yang telah mereka buat. Salah satu anak muda perempuan, Wahyuni mengaku senang mengikuti kegiatan ini. “Banyak pengetahuan baru yang saya dapatkan hari ini”. Ujarnya Kegiatan ini bertujuan agar anak muda bisa mulai peka terhadap masalah yang ada di lingkungan sekitarnya. Pekan depan, para anak muda desa Pitusunggu bersepakat untuk berkumpul kembali belajar tentang “Peta Relasi”.
Wirausaha Muda Indramayu (WMI), mendukung sepenuhnya program Empower Youth for Work (EYW) yang dilaksanakan di Kabupaten Indramayu. Hal itu disampaikan oleh pendiri sekaligus ketua WMI, Decko Santol, saat pertemuan dengan Tim Indonesia Business Link (IBL), Sabtu, (9/9/2017). Menurutnya, semangat untuk berwirausaha dikalangan pemuda yang ada di Kabupaten Indramayu saat ini masih sangat rendah. “Di Indramayu para pemuda yang berani terjun ke dunia usaha saat ini masih sedikit sekali, mereka lebih banyak memilih bekerja ke luar kota dan luar negeri, daripada mengembangkan usaha didaerahnya sendiri,” ucapnya. Lebih lanjut ia pun menambahkan, sebenarnya potensi usaha di Kabupaten Indramayu masih cukup banyak, terutama dibidang pengolahan hasil laut. Karena Indramayu termasuk salah satu daerah pesisir di Jawa Barat, yang sebagian masyarakatnya berprofesi sebagai nelayan. “Hasil tangkapan para nelayan di Indramayu lebih banyak dikirim ke luar kota, daripada diolah menjadi suatu produk yang memiliki nilai ekonomi lebih tinggi,” ucapnya. Oleh sebab itu, ia mendukung sepenuhnya pelaksanaan program EYW di Kabupaten Indramayu, yang bertujuan untuk memberdayakan anak muda di wilayah pesisir, agar memiliki pekerjaan yang lebih layak dan mendapatkan peluang kewirausahaan. Dengan harapan, nantinya para pemuda yang mengikuti program EYW ini dapat berkontribusi dalam pemanfaatan potensi daerah.
Josna lives in kunderpara, Kamarjani Union in a five members family where her husband is the only earning member. Flood water rose to a waist level height at her home. For 3 days her family stayed in the school field. Later when the water level went down to 2 ft. they moved back to their home and stayed in water. Josna has a daughter to breastfeed. The latrine was completely under water and she had to to to the school every time she wanted to use the latrine. So hygiene and pure drinking water became a crisis during flood. After the flood she caught Jaundice. This made the time harder for her. There was no proper medical assistance. No doctor in the village. She was only treated by her mother in law with her little knowledge on home based herbal treatment.
I am Hosain Ali, the only earning member in a 6 members family. I am a farmer by profession and I do so by taking others land in lease. All my crops (jute and rice) were washed away during flood. Not only that I lost 2 goats, 4 chickens and 1 cattle due to flood. All my jute stick swept away in flood water, the fence of my house broke off. I suffered a loss close to 60/70 thousand taka. I don't have any idea to recover the loss. Right now my house is at stake due to river bank erosion. And any day in 3/4 weeks it might fall off. So I am planning to move to Char Kanicharitabari. This time I am planning to build my house a little higher so I can save it from flood and other calamities. It would be great if government could support us with rehabilitation and livestock support. Also if from next time if we could get any early warning before any calamitie then we could be well prepared and maybe cope with it better.
We live in Belka Union on the road adjacent to the embankment. All of our houses have been badly affected by flood water. Some of us completely lost our home. We are mostly old people and are unable to work. We live in a very risky and disaster prone area. We don't even have the capability to move to any better place. During flood I stayed in the streets of Belka starving having nowhere to go. We don't even get any old age allowance from the government. We are not even enlisted for any relief. We seek your attention and look forward to you to help us survive.
I am Morjina (30) live in Kunderpara with my 13 yeahus old son. My husband was a fisherman and he passed away 5 years back. Since then I have been serving as a land cutting labor. This is a seasonal job so other times I work at people's farmland to earn some money. This year flood destroyed all the cropland so it will be very hard to get a good pay job. Two years back with some saved money I raised my house higher. Thus my home was saved from flood water. But as the crops are washed away prices for every good is high now and there is also crisis of food in the local market.
I am Abed Ali and I live in Char Kanicharitabari with my wife. For living I do sublease cattle rearing. Two cattles is all I have to feed my family. Though I have four sons but I receive no financial support from them. The flood water rose to neck level all of a sudden in one night. Both my cattles were swept away in flood water, somehow I was able to pull back one of the cattle but the other one was lost. It might seem very less to you but as for living that's all I had. Our char is quite remote we have no shop or TV in our entire char. We received no early warning about flood. If we did maybe I could save my cattle. Flood is a very normal scenario in this area but in last five years I have never seen any early warning or shelter home facility in this char particularly. We have to move to another char if we want to stay at shelter home. But this as poor we have very little belongings and we want to hold onto that till the last breath so I did not move to shelter home. If you want to help us please don't just come with a bag of rice. Rather help us with livestock support and rehabilitation support.
I am Morium Begum(19) and I moved to Kunderpara, Kamarjani Union after my marriage. My husband is a farmer, I have two sons one 4 years old and another 1.3 years old. We live adjacent to the river and water level rose to neck level during flood and similar condition prevailed for about 10 days. I moved to shelter home with my two sons during flood. I have a son to breastfeed but maintaining hygiene was very tough for me at the shelter home. All our crops was washed away during flood water. I lost 3 chickens, 1 goat and all our crops was washed away. My husband somehow managed food for us while he starved. I did not receive any relief and we have no money. I don't know how to manage and cope up with the situation now. I just know it's a curse to be born as poor in this country.
Masud Rana (24) lives in Kunderpara, Kamarjani Union, Gaibandha District. He is a shopkeeper and moved to this village 5 years back after his home was destroyed due to river bank erosion in a neighboring village called Nurilla Char. His home was submerged in flood water for about 10 days. He then stayed in his little shop with his wife and two children. The shop could not accommodate 4 ppl. So they after fitting their children in sometimes he slept and sometimes his wife did by turn. He took loan from influential ppl in the char to start the shop. He told though my family had enough food during the disaster but due to price hike I couldn rarely get new inventory for my shop and also the transportation cost was very high. This eventually was a great deal of loss for me as my customers did not have enough money to buy things. So as a businessman my business had quite tough time. He also pleaded that they need rehabilitation help from the government or NGOs as most of the houses were affected and cropland destroyed.
Md. Jahangir lost his home during flood. He lives in a village in kamarjani union with his wife, 2 children, sister, father and a paralyzed mother. He is the only earning person in the family.Flood caused a loss of around 50,000 BDT as his house was highly affected and management of the furnitures were left broken. He moved to shelter home during flood. It was very troublesome for him to take care and maintain proper hygiene for his paralyzed mother. They needed medical assistance as his young son fell very ill at the shelter home but there was no medical help available. He thinks medical assistance is a must during and after any disaster but he has never seen any medical help arriving olny food support and sometimes a partial rehabilitation support is all that a man in a village can expect.