It is proper that old age is the best time for someone to enjoy his time. Unfortunately, this could not be felt by Viktoria Lelama.
This 68-year-old grandmother lives alone in a hut in Bolatena Village, Landu Leko District, Rote Ndao Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). The huts have thatched roofs and have holes to allow rainwater to enter.
Having a safe and comfortable home is everyone’s dream. Including Viktoria who is familiarly called Grandma Toi.
After the death of her husband, Grandma Toi had to struggle alone to make ends meet.
The shabby 4×5 meter hut he lives in is also very concerning. The walls of the house use palm fronds mixed with wooden planks that have been rotted by termites.
Meanwhile, the roof of the house is made of gewang leaves that have holes with age. When it’s summer, the sun’s rays are free to dance in Grandma Toi’s hut, especially when it’s raining.
Grandma Toi could not repair the hut. He had nothing, much less valuables in that hut of misery.
Just a bamboo bale that Grandma Toi uses to lie down. When night falls, Grandma Toi relies on a lamp as a means of lighting.
Sometimes he had to go into the dark if he was running out of money to buy kerosene. For daily meals, Toi’s grandmother was forced to pick up leftover rice from the local residents’ crops left in the bunds.
When hurricane Seroja hit parts of NTT including Rote Nado on April 4, 2021, Grandma Toi’s life was also threatened. Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds made him drenched in the house.
“Recently (beginning of) the disaster I could only hug the pole and surrender while crying. I pray if God can, don’t let this house collapse, where will I live later?” Toi’s grandmother’s story, Sunday, May 16, 2021.
“What do I hope for, while assistance such as Raskin, I can’t get a lot of basic necessities, let alone house assistance,” said Grandma Toi.
The assistance for livable houses sourced from village funds also did not touch Toi’s grandmother. This old grandmother did not dream of living in a palace full of luxury.
He only hoped for a proper shelter to protect his body from the rain and heat.