Jumat, 14 Oktober 2016

Eunike speech-Commencement Service Asian Rural Institute-2014


Honorable guests
The Board of ARI
The Director of ARI
The Entire ARI staff
ARI partners
Volunteers, TA / GI
's and visitors

Dear fellow participants

Time goes by so slowly at the beginning, but now we feel it is too fast and soon we will leave this beloved campus. For nine months we, 27 participants from 15 countries, have been growing together in this place coming from different backgrounds and customs, ways of thinking, religions, ethnicities and languages. But in a community of mutual support among staffs, volunteers and participants, all the differences became a medium for us to learn from each other.
Each one of us have grown in different ways and we all shall surely share our experiences in Japan with our sending bodies and families back home. On behalf of my fellow participants I would like to give a special word of thanks firstly to our sending bodies, for selecting us for this training from among others who wish to have this same opportunity. Secondly special thanks also to our different sponsors who took care of our travel bills and training costs in Japan. Thirdly I would like to thank all the supporters of ARI who have supported us in different ways to make this training go successfully. Finally, thank you to all the staff of ARI, the Director, Volunteers, Training Assistants and Graduate Interns for the wonderful company which has been recorded deep into our minds.
You were able to manage our differences especially those of us who had language problems. Thank you for being able to tolerate our mistakes and encouraging us to grow. Thanks to the curriculum coordinator for making morning gathering and morning exercise part of our training, for through this we could share our experiences during morning gathering and also our health was maintained because of the morning exercises.
I want to share a special word of thanks to our consultants for their continuous care, guiding our  focus on what learnings we wanted to gain. We also thank the school for taking care of the health of some of my brothers and sisters who were sick during our stay here in ARI. We wish to thank the school administration for the advice given to us to contact our sending bodies 3 times during our stay here in Japan because this will enable our sending bodies to understand our dreams easily and they will surely accept and assist in the implementation process.
Permit me to take this opportunity to share my personal reflection of my learning in ARI. As a food security program officer in my sending body in Indonesia, I found a key to start food sovereignty in the villages. There are insurance for goods such as cars, buildings, and other valuables and even for our soul. But there is no insurance for the agricultural activities carried out by the villagers. Yet, they have always proven to get past all these high risk. They are the heroes of food security, but those who bear the greatest risk of hunger. Rural areas collectively are the provider of food for the world. In ARI we practiced self-sufficiency. 90% of our food needs are met from the fields that we managed together; participants, staff & volunteers.
Field management activity is a central learning in ARI which is where we work on the management of crop & vegetables, livestock and the kitchen. We are divided into different groups, so we have diverse management of crop production and different schedule of planting and harvesting produce.  But we worked together, collecting all for everybody in this community. Through this type of  diverse management of the fields, if there was no harvest from one field because it was attacked by pests or other causes, we still had harvest from other fields. This learning proves to me that farmer's communities are the most dependable group who manifest food sovereignty, even though there is no insurance for their farming activities.
A major learning for me was Independent learning in ARI.  In this one person could not depend on others to do things for them, but we lived together with a responsibility of interdependency.  This was in the field, kitchen, dishwashing and many other activities here which opened my eyes about what in reality a community should be.  There are people who have come as volunteers & visitors as well as former staff, volunteers or graduates who come again to this campus.  Through this we come to understand that life along the line of the three loves; Love God- love soil- love neighbor in ARI is always making people yearn to come back. I also connot forget that as a community of farmers here, we also gave thanks to God for the harvest this year during the Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration.
As rural leaders, we learned a very good way to lead our community, that is through servant leadership. We did not only watch movies and discuss about leaders and movements in the world such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King but we also were continuously educated in daily activities here. We saw and experienced real servant leadership in ARI which has changed our minds as grass root leaders.
Participants who came to ARI are prepared and able to hone their ability as a leader to return to their village / country for doing community development and community organizing, not just personally but through institutions. My church community  and my sending body who recommended me to learn here started several activities related with Organic Farming and Food Security. I have learnt about Community Development which was held by Nishinasuno Church related with ARI traning. This little church gave me an example of how a church institution started, maintained and implemented community development with strong leadership as they have. Strong leadership is one of the skills that must be owned by a community leader when she/ he wants to make a movement sustainable.
The Environment and development are also important issues for our community which we learned in this school. As rural leaders, we should understand the root cause of problems in our society. We give thanks to ARI for organizing the study tours which exposed us to the Japanese culture and community so that we were able to compare life on campus with the reality in other places in Japan. We could compare rural society and urban society in Japan and see that they both have different problems. We studied about the impact of development on the environment, and we invited people to study about it, so that when they face  similar cases, they can think critically and do something important to respond, and also to protect their community.
To all participants I wish to say congratulations for respecting yourselves till the end. I  cannot end my speech without giving a special word of thanks to my group  members for their encouragement during my terms of leadership. Also thanks to some special friends who have helped to improve my language and reasoning within the community.
We would like to give a special word of appreciation to all of you from far and near, who have come to witness this commencement service. We will say good bye but that should not be the end of our relationship with ARI but rather it should be the beginning of a new era and kind of learning between us, our different sending bodies and ARI. Nine months we passed in togetherness in this campus. Learning in ARI is very unique, multi-dimensional and weighty. We are very grateful that we became a big family at ARI which shaped us to be new personality as leaders for continuing our service to our communities back home. .
I would like to end my speech here by asking all the participants to keep the flame of the ARI spirit burning and maintaining its reputation as a school that has lasted for over 40 years by our work with our sending bodies. I wish everyone a very happy X-mas and a happy and prosperous New year 2015.
God Bless you all
Arigatou Gozaimasu

Eunike Widhi Wardani
Trukajaya Christian Foundation
Jl.Cemara II/ 65

Always be remember our history for continuing our future

Message  for Tonan  Lutheran Church, Tokyo, Japan    Nov. 9, 2014
By Eunike Widhi Wardhani, Indonesia

Therefore all things whatever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7: 12).

General Information about Indonesia and Java
Indonesia has 17,000 large and small islands between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is separated into 35 provinces.  Very rich in cultural diversity, ethnicity and language, nearly 90% of Indonesians are Muslim and 10% are non-Muslims. The Protestant Christian people are 6.96%, Catholics are 2.9%, while the rest are Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian and other religions.

Java Island is the 5th largest island of Indonesia and is the center of THE government, economy and industry as well as having the densest population in Indonesia. In Java there are 6 provinces, one of those is Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta which is also the capital country of Indonesia. Central Java is one of the provinces on the Java Island, which is the  area of Trukajaya Christian Foundation, my (Eunike’s) sending body which sent me as a participant to the Asian Rural Institute in 2014.
Briefly Profile of Trukajaya
Trukajaya Christian Foundation was established 1966 by the Synod of Javanese Christian Churches, a member of WCC (World Council of Churches).  The Vision is to empower the people as a reflection of compassion toward others.  We do this by Creating a sustainable service for the community’s empowerment by partnering with the churches to help people achieve food sovereignty as well as help develop social diaconal programs based on people's potentials.
This can develop independency which will help to realize  justice for the poor as well.  The poor are inclusive of women, youths, and farmers in rural areas.  They will receive justice through producing and managing their food. 

We also are working to develop the ecosystem, integrating rice fields, forests, and other critical areas to make productive soil, this also through the development of environmentally friendly technologies and farming methods.  We hope in the long run this will develop a social justice system in food management, in normal conditions or as a local disaster prevention and the development of social entrepreneurship units.

My role in my sending body and community
13 years ago I joined this institution.  From 2001- 2009 I was field worker in several villages. My main responsibility was assisting several villages in grant program follow ups.
During 3 years I stayed fully in a village that has a history of conflicts of land being transferred by the government  to others in order for a big dam construction project as a resource of electricity supply to occur. For the first time in my life, I learned about the struggles of farmers and their families who lived on the land they used to own, but now the status of that land is inundation  lands

(in a simple meaning is: they still may work on that rice fields, but if at any time the water outlet door is opened by the project management, then the water inundates the land, the farmers do not have the right to protest, they are not the owner of the land anymore, the land owner is the project management). They are marginalized people.

I was there on behalf of Trukajaya as a rural development worker in the various programs dealing with water, sewage, farming and credit for small business development. I started by building communication activities with the village government and several community leaders, both in formal meetings and informal discussions then I proceeded to the stage of the formation of groups, activity planning, implementation and monitoring. After getting married and having children, since 2006 until now I could not stay together with my community fully but only commuted.

Then from May – August 2008 Trukajaya gave me a special duty to help initiate a program of organic farming in Titian Budi Luhur Foundation (Y-TBL) Sulawesi, This led be to becoming the Program and Training Manager of Trukajaya from 2009.  I managed the programs, field worker activities and also facilitated  joir programs between Trukajaya and partners. 
そして財団は、2008年の5月から8月の間、スラウェシのティティアン ブディ ルハール財団(Y-TBL)で有機農業事業の着手を援助するという特別な責任を私に与えました。このことが、2009年から財団の、事業及び研修責任者になることに結びつきました。事業計画や現地ワーカーの活動や財団とその提携先とによる青少年事業などに携わりました。

From 2011 to the present  I am a Food Security Program Coordinator of Trukajaya. My main responsibilities are managing the Food Security Program in the Trukajaya, in which I work in 7 villages with farmer groups, women's groups and youth groups.  I have to continue to encourage rural people to find their potential to develop their villages to be better while respecting nature.

How will I utilize the lessons of ARI in my community?
The Daily activities at ARI (attached) is an important lesson for me about servant leadership, time management and building teamwork in managing crops and livestock.  Many other subjects ranging from Japanese language for self introduction, the theory and practice of sustainable agriculture, up to watching and discussing films about the history of leader figures in the world: Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Junior. 
ARIの日常の活動は、仕える指導者、時間管理そして作物や動物の管理のためのチームワークを作ることなど、私にとって大切な学習でした。自己紹介のための日本語、永続性のある農業の理論と実践、世界の指導者の歴史;マハトマ ガンジー、ネルソン マンデラ、マザーテレサそしてマーチン ルサー キング ジュニア―等の映像を見て、議論するなど他にも多くの科目があります。

In addition to receiving knowledge from lecturers / teachers, we are also given the opportunity to share knowledge that we have brought from our own countries. So for my part, coming as a Food Security program officer, I shared about how to make tempe (a traditional food from Indonesia, made from soybeans and yeast).

In discussions during the application process before I came to ARI, I had a big question: why do the people in the rural areas, especially farmers in my country remain poor even though the government has worked for development with the farmers and  rural areas? I'm looking for the answer from the overall activity in ARI.

During the training of these past 5 months, I gained a lot of learning through the experiences of colleagues from various countries in Asia and Africa, as well as teachers from Japan and other countries who are deliberately brought by ARI to share experience in rural community development topic.

When I return home, I hope to share the experience of the training in the following manner:
  1. I will organize all the material learning (hand out, note and documentations into a group of modul consisting of: leadership, community development, rural development strategy, philosophy-farming techniques and movement, alternative education, environment-life and culture, gender and food security.  
  1. I will make a schedule for the sharing and discussion of the moduls with my communities村の人々と、分かち合いと議論の進め方の計画を立てる。
  2. Of course,  the situation and context of Japanese agriculture is different from what can be practiced precisely in Indonesia, for that I will empower my community to find a suitable alternative application for the conditions and the nature of Indonesian society.

I hope the spirit of sharing and new ideas then will come from the community, so that they can identify problems.  They still remain as heroes of food security for our country and by increasing the productivity of the land and their labor life will become better and we can get an answer to the question of why poor farmers remain poor.

Do Our Best
Servant Leadership is the foundation of Christian leadership that has been taught by Jesus Christ. In addition, many servant leadership figures in the Old Testament such as Moses, King David, King Solomon, Ezra, Nehemiah and many more who later became our role model in leading community or organizations including church that belongs to God.

As a common human, the leader is not a perfect person because no one is perfect but Him. But they did an important movement and remembered for all time as a leader of serve character.

Since the beginning of the establishment of the church, Jesus Christ prepares the next leader from generation to generation. For inclusion of God and the holy spirit, the church continued to grow and was never deterred by age. It was already stated in Colossians 1: 25.
The presence of ARI is also a part of the history of Christianity in Japan. Rev. Toyohiko Kagawa leadership story of his life and his spirit became a role model and famous arrived in Indonesia forwarded by church leaders in Japan. In Nishinasuno, founding ARI in 1973 led by the Nishinasuno Church pioneered by Mr. Tajima since 1891 then forwarded by Rev.Haruo  Fukumoto with Dr. Takami.
Passing the different period  and time, but they all hold the same vision to brighter the world. Until now ARI had 1,272 graduates in 55 countries. This school is unique, just the only one in the world and nothing compare to this school. I am grateful to be a part of this training. I came to Japan on behalf of institutions and rural communities in Indonesia as friends from Asia, Africa and Latin America. I want to learn at ARI on how farmers could rise from poverty.

The best possible way is to give and do our best for the community we are working with. They are entitled to get our best quality of service, not second quality, third quality or later. But only number 1/best quality. That’s why I am here now as a participant in ARI, to learn more about servant leadership for my community back home.

Best Regards,

Eunike Widhi Wardhani