Timor-Leste has emerged from a period of some 500 years of colonial rule, where our communities had little control over their resources. Independence should bring a unique opportunity for developing governmental structures that are appropriate, transparent, sustainable, effective and efficient.
Our people in the districts seems to have been forgotten and abandoned, many are still eating rice without vegetables, and most do not have access to clean water and public health facilities. Most of our children are still out of school, and most parents cannot afford their children’s school fees. Yet, there are corrupt practices within government administration due to favors and patronage rather than promotion by merit and adherence to the rule of law.
Thus there is a great motivation in our hearts for LABEH to serve the purpose of encouraging full participation of the people towards transparency, accountability and Anti-Corruption. The vision and motivation in our hearts are the aspirations of our people towards a better standard of life and the eradication of poverty and illiteracy.
LABEH is an expanding non-profit, non-political and non-governmental organization. LABEH is the acronym name of “Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu”. Which is translated in English as (The Mirror for the People) is a National-based non-governmental organization, which tries to raise awareness on issues of transparency, accountability, good-governance, economic justice and anti-corruption. Our main objective rests on Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption.
“LALENOK BA EMA HOTU” (LABEH) which means in English “THE MIRRIOR FOR THE PEOPLE” is the testimony of our conscience with a pure motive and sincerity of heart of the condition of our people to a better standard of living, which every citizen has right to, and in relation of their own involvement in the process. The poverty experienced by our people motivated the need to establish this organization, which aims to give cause for reflection on the condition of our people.
LABEH Mission Statement
LABEH is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) whose mission is to fellow Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the people to hold the government to carry out to its promises on transparency, accountability, good-governance, economic justice and anti-corruption, promote human transformation and eradication of poverty, seeking economic justice, and the rule of law.
LABEH is not alone
LABEH is now a member of the national and international non-governmental organizations and accepts its obligation of joint partnership, shared goals and mutual accountability that true partnership requires; affirming its interdependence and willingness to yield autonomy as necessary for the common good. LABEH is a partner with those it serves and those who contribute to its shared vision to maintain a cooperative stance and a spirit of openness towards other humanitarian organizations, willing to receive and consider honest opinions from others about its work.
LABEH is Responsive
LABEH is responsive to new and unusual opportunities, encourage innovations, creativity and flexibility, maintaining an attitude of learning, reflection and discovery in order to grow in understanding and skill.
LABEH is Responsible Steward
The resources at LABEH’s disposal are not its own. They are a sacred trust from God through individual contributions and donors on behalf of the people, LABEH is faithful to the purpose for which those resources are given, and manages them in a manner that brings maximum benefit to those concerned.
LABEH gives priority to people before money, structure, systems and other institutional mechanisms; always acting in ways that respect the dignity and uniqueness of every person –the poor, the donors, our staff and their families, and volunteers. LABEH celebrates the richness of diversity in human personality, culture, and contribution.
LABEH is Committed
LABEH facilitates the engagement between the poor and the affluent that opens both to transformation for the fulfillment of basic human aspirations. The need for transformation is common to all. Together we share in the quest for justice, peace, unity, love, and rule of law. LABEH is called to serve the people to relieve their suffering caused by corruption, and to promote the transformation of their condition of life. LABEH stands in solidarity with those who seek justice.
LABEH our Commitment
We at LABEH acknowledge that values cannot be legislated they must be lived. No document can substitute for attitudes, decisions, and actions that constitute the fabric of our life and work. LABEH speaks and acts honestly, open and factual in dealings with donors, project communities, governments, the public at large, and with each other, and endeavors to convey a public image of conformity with these principles, always striving for consistency between what is said and what is does.
LABEH staffers are not part of a hierarchical organization, all members share collectively in administrative and program responsibilities, with a conscious effort made to share knowledge and skills.
Therefore, we covenant with each other before God the Most High to do our utmost individually and as cooperative entities within LABEH, to uphold these core values, to honor them in our decisions, to express them in our relationships, and to act consistently with them whenever and wherever LABEH is at work.
- The prosperity of the people through a clean government
- To hold the government to carry out to its promises on transparency and accountability;
- To encourage the government to eliminate economic disparity and to combat corruption and poverty.
- To be active in the struggle to combat corruption and promote transparency and accountability;
- To coordinate, facilitate research and publish the results.
- To provide quality information to the people by empowering them to be active in the struggle to combat corruption and promote transparency and accountability and to protect the fundamental rights of the people to a better life.
- Promote the maximum welfare of the people, and monitor and report all instances of corrupt practices or abuse of power by any individual or institution.
· The motto of Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu shall be Unity, Progress and Freedom (UPF)
· The logo of Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu shall be a frame Mirror with a reflection and world map with an open book and the word Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu around it.
- To develop a team work based on transparency and accountability;
- Must be non violence, non discriminatory and participatory;
- Independent, non partisan;
- To be active in articulating transparency and accountability on behalf of the people and to act and speak on behalf of the voice of the voiceless;
- To achieve these objectives LABEH pursues its mission and objective through an integrated commitment to four fundamental programs:
- Transparency and Accountability and Anti-Corruption
The purpose of this department is to raise awareness on transparency, accountability and corruption issues and to facilitate public meetings, such as workshops, seminars, conferences, round table discussions dialogues, press releases, press conferences, letters, petitions, newspaper articles and exchange of information between individuals considered to be “Experts” or individuals with information that most people do not have access to or the wider community.
- Budget Monitoring
The purpose of this department is to monitor the execution and the implementation of the national budget and to track revenues and expenditures, due to National budgets and service delivery should be managed in an effective, efficient, transparent and accountable manner with the aim of achieving the maximum public prosperity. Yet, if one looks at the number of people in poverty, low public health, and high rates of infant mortality, child nutrition and poor housing it is clear to see budgetary neglect.
- Advocacy and Monitoring
The purpose of this department is to do advocatory work on the issues that LABEH is engaged in, for good governance, transparency, accountability and combating corruption, to do advocacy and monitor the exploitation and the use of our natural resources; especially oil and gas, to do advocacy through radio programs, TV Talk show, media, press releases, press conferences, media reports, statements, petitions and letters, using any method it considered necessary to raise awareness on the issues
- Education, Training and Capacity Development
The purpose of this department is to empower our citizens to more effectively participate in the development process, to promote vocational education for all, through training and capacity development, to promote opportunity for all to participate in the building of our economy.
LABEH FOUNDING FATHER
He is also accomplishe; He is also an accomplished poet, whose poetry has been read on radio.
Rakambia and Radio Timor Kmanek. His poems include Awake Timor Leste ( Bangunlah Timor Leste), Tower of Babel, Bobonaro, A Gift of the Mirror (Kado Cermin), Palace of Ashes (Istana Abu), Law and Order (Pertoran dan Hukum), Injustice to the Poor, Celebration of Independence (Pesta Kemerdekaan); to name a few.
Through his speaking and writing, he has become known as a tireless advocate of the poor, anti-corruption, transparency and accountability, encouraging and inspiring people to change their lives. He is the author of three books; The Greatest Need is Love, Looking into Your Future through the Eyes of God and Avoiding the Paradox of Plenty: (Challenges in Sustaining Development in a New Nation)
Christopher Henry Samson was born in Rumah Adat Thama-Op, Bobonaro of an Angolan father and Timorese mother; he left Timor-Leste with his father when he was still a baby. Christopher Henry Samson returned to Timor-Leste in 1995, In search of his family, and then lived for some years in Malaysia and Indonesia. After a lifetime of separation from his parents, friends, and family members, he finally rejoined his family in Bobonaro in 2002.
He spent the first part of his life and career in a highly competitive religious sector in Africa. Christopher Henry, as he is better known amongst his family and friends, has served in many churches around the world and has worked to help people think more deeply about their lives.
He has served as a local staff member at the Office of the DSRSG, UNMISET, in Dili, and in the Ministry of Planning and Finance of Timor-Leste. Christopher Henry Samson thought in many Universities in Timor-Leste, as a visiting Lecturer including in the National University of Timor-Leste. He is also a Preacher and Teacher of the Gospel at Igreja Pantecosta at Fatuhada in Dili Timor Leste, and has been appointed to represent the church in the Pentecostal religious leaders meeting in Timor-Leste.
Christopher Henry Samson is the Founding Father of Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu (LABEH) and a member of the National Security Policy of the Government of Timor-Leste, he is the initiator of the Timor-Leste Network for transparency and Economic Justice (NeTEJ). He is also the civil society Focal Point to the Democratic Governance Forum of the United Nations integrated Mission in Timor-Lest (UNMIT) he is the Executive Board member of Rede Monitoring Direitus Humanus Timor Leste (RMHD), he was the Board General Secretary of FONGTIL, formally known as NGO Forum Timor-Leste, served as Executive Board Member of Centro Informasaun Independente ba Tasi Timor (CIITT), and was the Director of Administration at University Mau Lear in Dili, Timor Leste.
Christopher nudar Graduado husi Universidade Cornerstone Israel no Seminario Teolojia EUA; Nia mos hasai lisensiatura iha area Christian Education no Doctorate in Divinity. Aktivista ne’ebe mak iha moris lor-loron gosta hakerek no koalia barak konaba assuntu Transparensia, Akuntabilidade no Kombate Korupsaun ne’ebé publika liu husi media lokal, nasional no Internasional sira ne’e, nudar ema ne’ebé kritiku tebes.
Liu husi nia hakerek no koalia konaba assuntu ne’ebé temi iha leten nia fiar katak bele enkoraja no inspira ema hotu atu muda sira nia moris. Christopher nudar Autor husi livrus ho titulu ; The Greatest Need is Love, Looking into Your Future through the Eyes of God and Avoiding the Paradox of Plenty: (Challenges in Sustaining Development in a New Nation)
Christopher Henry Samson moris iha Uma Adat Thama-Op, Bobonaro husi Aman Angolano no Inan Timor oan; hamutuk ho Nia aman husik hela Timor wainhira nia sei bebe. Christopher Henry Samson fila hikas mai Timor iha 1995 , ho objetivu hodi fila fali mai buka nia familia. Nia mos passa nia vida moris no hela kleur iha nasaun Indonesia no Malaysia.
Julio da Silva Guterres is from Timor Leste and the Executive Director of Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu - LABEH. He is the former Director of Centru Jornalista Investigativu Timor Leste – CJITL. He worked as a radio and investigative reporter for 10 years. He received “a laureate of Timor Leste Investigative Award” in 2005.
During 2010 and 2011, he got chances to join three International Fellowship programs - SALZBURG Fellowship in Austria, SEAPA Journalism Fellowship, Edward Murrow Fellowship in United States of America. And, he was the 2011 States Alumni (International Visitor Leadership Program - IVLP alumni to United States of America).
da Silva was also a former National project assistant to UNDP’s Media project. He finished his International Relations Degree from University of Peace - UNPAZ, Timor Leste.
Coordinator Departementu Budget Monitoring LABEH
Reporter /Prezenter Radio LABEH
Nazario de Jesus Miranda, servisu nudar reporter no presenter radio LABEH, Manatuto oan ne’e gosta sai MC iha kualker fatin. Antes servisu iha LABEH Naza hahu nia servisu iha Radio Rakambia sai koordenador ba programa Radio iha Distritu, asistente ba parograma elisaun jeral Chefe Suku no Parlamentar iha Distritus, Naza involve an mos iha programa hiburan iha RTK. Tipu komik ten ne’e hahu servisu iha LABEH iha tinan 2009.
Reporter Radio No Magazine Labeh
Aliança Borges Martins Borromeu, Servisu nudar Reporter iha no mos reporter ba Radio LABEH FM 91.2 Mhz no mos Magazine “ Voice of LABEH” iha Departementu Advokasia no Monitoring. Ansa naran bolu, hahu nia kareira nudar Jornalista iha tinan 2003. Antes servisu iha LABEH, Ansa servisu nudar Reporter iha Jornal The Dili weekly no Reporter iha Jornal STL.
Reporter Radio LABEH
Fausta da Costa, Moris iha Baucau 20 Setembro 1988. Hahu eskola primaria Katolika sentru Quelikai, Eskola Pre- Sekundaria Sta. Terezinha iha Quelikai - Baucau no Eskola Sekundaria iha Eskola No.1 Baucau , Zizi mak naran ne’ebé babain kolega sira bolu kontinua nia eskola iha Universidade Nasional Timor Lorosa’e ( UNTL ) foti Fakuldade Edukasaun, departementu Quimica huhu tinan 2008 - 2009 sai hanesan jornalista iha Buletin semanal no mensal Akademia UNTL no iha tinan 2010 servisu voluntáriu iha Radio Rakambia e agora dadaun servisu nudar reporter radio LABEH.
Coordinator Departementu Edukasaun
Erfina Soares Freitas agora dadauk sai nudar Coordenadora ba Departementu Edukasaun no Hasae Kapasidade. Antes sai nudar Cordenadora Departementu Edukasaun, Erfina servisu nudar Asistente ba Administrasaun LABEH.
Oan husi Sr. Amancio da Silva no Sra Maria da Costa Tilman nee hahu nia estudu iha Escola Primaria no V Nahareca-Ossu Vique-que (1994- 2000), kontinua iha Escola Sekundaria no 4 Fatumeta Dili (2000 – 2003) no acaba eskola Sekundaria iha SMEA Becora Dili (2005-2008).