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Community Futures



Community Futures was established in March 2009 to help to develop rural areas in Ngada. Its main goals are creating new income possibilities and the development of infrastructure. Founded by Philipus Neri, the NGO now has 9 active members in Bajawa, so far all working on a voluntary basis. The organization's first aim lay in the development of tourism as a new source of income. Therefore the first project focussed on community based tourism in the village Bela. Since then Community Futures has also extended its work to other areas, such as the building of new roads, water access and agriculture.




1) CBT-project in Bela

The project started in April 2009. Community based tourism aims at creating new income possibilities by raising the number of visitors to the village. At the same time it should conserve and protect the local culture, also by informing tourists about their culture. Only 8 kilometers from the town Bajawa in direction of Bena, Bela is very easily accessible by car. Located in a valley between Mt. Inerie and Mt. Nariwowo there is a beautiful landscape. The village itself consists of almost 20 traditional Ngadha houses.


Actions in Bela:

- Building of awareness for tourism 

- Creation of a local association for CBT for: managing, monitoring, assuring cooperation between working groups, code of ethics

- Creation of working groups within the local association including: weavinghandicraft, dancing, farming, animal production, training for the different groups 

- Evaluation of trekking possibilities starting from Bela to:  around Bela: Namu village, Suka Tei village, volcano Inerie  south coast: Watu, Maghilewa, Jere and Leke traditional villages, as well as different beaches


Promotion/marketing at: Bappeda, Dinas Pariwisata & Kebudayaan, Travel Agents in Maumere and Labuanbajo, VSO-workshop on Bali from 23-25th of March 2010, Tour guides



- Around 40 tourists have visited Bela through Community Futures.- A group of 18 tourists has come through a travel agent in Jakarta

- 2 groups of 4 tourists came through a balinese travel agent

- 2 tourists came through a tour guide from Labuanbajo

- The rest came as individual tourists

- All tourists asked for local dancing, handicrafts and weavings.

- From April 2009 until October 2010 the village has received around 16 million Rupiah

through the project.


Future plans:    - Build a central house as information center for tourists concerning the local culture and code of ethics as well as for selling handicraft and weaving 

- Introduction of a donation system as alternative to the existing tickets.

- Creation of a play group as a kind of kindergarden.

- Encourage the planting of wood and grass needed for making or repairing the traditional houses.

- Promotion of different trekking trips starting from Bela.



2) Water project in Watu, Aimere

The water project was carried out within six months starting in 2009 until 2010. The project was funded privately by NGO member Malcom Wyer. The aim of creating a direct water access point within the village Watu in desa Sebawuli as well as Maghilewa and Jere in desa Inerie has so come to a full success. This project was the first water project in all of NTT to use solar energy for pumping. It was carried out in cooperation between the NGO and the local community. The creation of the Watu water association as the manager and monitoring agent ensured a maximum of local participation in implementing the project. In total two pipelines were laid, one to Watu and one to Maghilewa and Jere. The water is pumped to a central tank in each of these villages, as direct access within the village. For the sustainability of the project all villagers have agreed on paying a monthly tax to the water association, consisting of 10.000Rp per family. This money is used to keep the water association running ad to repair damaged pipes.        




3) Water project in Leke, Aimere

Based on the success of the first water project, another project was carried out in the village Leke, Aimere, in 2010. During the 3 months of activities starting in May, the project received funding by the catholic organization Franciscan from the Netherlands. Additionally the NGO received the help of two VSO volunteers, Anouk Cleven and Marc Fijin, who had also participated in the previous project in Watu. Based on the previous concept a water association was established in Leke to manage the activities and monitor follow up repairs. In Leke the villagers have agreed on a monthly tax of 5.000Rp per family. The water is led to the village through a pipeline from a spring higher up on the hill through gravitation. Within the village it is then distributed to each house. Additionally central water access points were established for each clan on the surrounding farming land for irrigation. The local government titled the project as a pilot project in the Ngada regency. In November 2010 the project was officially declared complete by the Bupati. For this occasion a big ceremony was organized.    


4) Road project

From March to April 2010 a road project was carried out from the coastal part of Sebawuli to Watu. The road has a length of approximately one kilometer, built with cement. It was constructed on the basis of a previously existing but damaged road. The project was funded by half from the money collected in the donation box from tourism. The other half was received by individual tourists as direct donation for the project. The project was guided by the NGO in cooperation with the local water association, since the road is also used to cover the pipelines laid in the water project to protect them from strong rains and landslides. The road was constructed by local villagers. Further maintenance is done in cooperation with the kepala desa and therefore financial help from the government.


5) Farming project

While doing the water projects in Watu and Leke, at the same time a small farming project was established. The creation of farming groups aimed at training especially women in growing new kinds of vegetables to create an alternative activity to the long walks to distant springs. The water access points in the villages also assure a good irrigation of these vegetable gardens. Additionally villagers in Bela have also started to grow vegetables like tomato, egg plant and beans. The project was funded by the members of Community Futures.     


6) Animal production

The goal for this project is to keep up and strengthen the local gotong royong system. The main idea is to build central bamboo stalls in each village where the people can grow pigs together in one place as property of the whole village. If kept in bamboo stalls the pigs are also prevented from destroying the gardens in search for food. Furthermore the excrements can be used as a natural fertilizer and therefore give a more environmentally friendly alternative to the widely used chemicals. So far unused land can serve as a space to grow food for the pigs such as banana, potato, taro and corn. This project has been carried out in the villages Watu in Aimere and Puboa in Mataloko. The stalls have been built by locals, funded by the NGO. So far villagers use the stalls to keep their own pigs, but due to lacking funding the NGO has not been able to grant them new pigs as village property.


7) Credit unions

The members of Community Futures have accumulated twenty million Rupiah to establish a credit union system. The project has started in Langa, Bajawa. Credits are granted in a variety of   cases, such as for the school fee, for health issues and home industry, mainly for women to buy thread for weaving.  





Director: Philipus Neri

Secretary: Maria Anggela

Treasurer: Rosalia Djawa


Wilhelmina Beku - gender

Franziskus Soli - social relations

Thomas Dara - technical support

Anus Day - textiles

Michael Tallo - tourism

Oliva Ngadha - credit unions


Members abroad:

Malcom Wyer (USA)

Mattheus Schut (Netherlands)

Janina von Roemer (Germany)




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