The Program of CWTC-IBSI this year is to continue the implementation of the program from last year, besides the Capacity Building for the Commission Boards and activist Networking in Bajawa – Flores, and Coalition Networking Advocacy Taking care for NTT. We also visited some networking such as in Manado together with the YMY Sisters; Yogyakarta (DIY); Sumba; JABOTABEK ( Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Bekasi and Tangerang) and also Palembaang.
Palembang is an old city in South Sumatra, where various ethnic groups live. Palembang has fertile land with its product such as rubber, petroleum, fish, oil palm, etc.
Palembang belongs to a destination area for the wanderer migrants from NTT. The migrants are employed at the rubber plantation, oil palm plantation or as domestic help. In this diocese there is a Apostolic Team for Social Humanity (TKSK). The members of this Team nonsists of SCY Priest congregation, Charitas (Fch), HK, CB, FSGM, BHK Congregation, and Diocesan Priest. The mission of this Team (TKSK) is to carry out activities for humanity such as preventing, advocacy and recovering the victims of the violence and human trafficking and help the victims to return to their origin areas.
For developing the economic sector is done well by the PANSOS BODRONOTO ( a social commission of the Palembang Diocese), there is an Old Folks’ Home; there is also a Rehabilitation for Drugs victims. However, the religious admitted that up to now there is still no attention for the Violence and Trafficking issues, and this reality become a concern for Mgr. Aloysius Sudarso SCY as the Arch-Bishop of Palembang Diocese. Mgr. Aloysius said actually Palembang Diocese has many catholic people who have capacity to cope with these issues, the question is who is willing to pay attention and handle these issues? The number of Priest in Palembang is still limited so the priests are busy to organize and take care the Parishes.