We are a group of volunteers associated with the Deanery Catholic Churches of the Mornington Peninsula, working with the Order of Salesians in East Timor commencing in 2002.
We try to do whatever is asked of us within the best of our abilities. We try never to say 'NO'.
We have no formal structure, hold no meetings, have no Board, and no committees. Yet, we have achieved much with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Salesian Congregation.
Since 2002 we are amazed to have managed to build or refurbished 8 schools, a church; to feed 1000's of children daily, and clothe them; sent 38 containers filled with valuable donated goods, including 1000's of school desks computers, writing materials etc;school backpacks and 'Baby Boxes'.
We also sponsor dozens of poor students unable to pay school or University fees.
Volunteers do what is needed to be done from time to time, responding to requests for help from East Timor.
We regularly gather when a call is put out for help, filling containers, collecting goods, fund raising etc.
We have working parties visit East Timor, usually annually, but there is no fixed agenda, other than to work on building or refurbishing schools.
We have been instrumental in introducing several schools into East Timor, providing guidance and assistance to their 'immersion' visits, including travelling with them in the initial years.
We are humbled and constantly amazed by 'angels' of all sorts that arise to help and enough money comes forth to meet the requests for help.
To Assist the people of East Timor/Timor L'Este, especially in the Laga sub-district, some 150 klms east of Dili, to build/refurbish their schools.
This includes assisting with all things to do with education, including feeding and clothing the children.
WE ACHIEVE OUR MISSION BY:
Entering into agreements with the chiefs and elders of a village who have requested assistance to build a school, requiring them to accept 'ownership' of a project, by contributing things they have, such as their time and labour free of charge. These things include digging foundations, bringing rock and sand and providing labour to construct the project under supervision of a qualified builder.
They must also agree to maintain the property when finished.
All funds donated are used in assisting the people of East Timor.
No money is used to cover expenses other than incidental expenses in buying containers, paying freight, etc
We do not use any donated monies to cover volunteer personal expenses for travelling to or accommodation in East Timor etc.
Volunteers pay their own travelling and accommodation expenses when making a trip to East Timor.
100% OF MONEY DONATED IS USED IN EAST TIMOR.
NO MONEY IS USED ON ADMINISTRATION.
HOW TO DONATE:
Monies can be transferred to the 'St Thomas More East Timor Account"
Account No 466408024
surname(NB surname is very important to help identify donor)
OR BY sending an email to St Thomas More Office at ‘MountEliza@cam.org.au’ with your credit card details
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MOUNTAINS OF EAST TIMOR
Market in Dili
MARKET IN DILI
HAPPY CHILDREN OF LAGA
STATUE OF CHRIST MADE BY IAN JOHNSTON FOR TEQUINOMATA
Micro Bus - cheaper to travel on the outside
OPENING PATRICK BROWNE SECONDARY SCHOOL SAMALARI
FUN IN THE BACK WITH THE SALESIAN SISTERS DILI
WELCOME FROM ATALERI VILLAGE
HAPPY KIDS FROM SAMALARI VILLAGE
TRADITIONAL DANCING BY SAMALARI VILLAGE GIRLS
WELCOME FEAST AT SAMALARI VILLAGE
WELCOME BY SAELARI VILLAGE
DON BOSCO CHURCH LAGA
SPECIAL GUESTS AT SAELARI CELEBRATIONS
NUNIRA - IN NEED OF REPAIR
ON PATH TO FR BENE'S GARDENS
CHALLENGING ROADS ALL OVER
Since 2002 we have been able to build or refurbish 10 schools - 6 primary schools and 4 secondary schools.
The primary schools built/refurbished are in the villages of:
Secondary Schools built/added to;
Don Bosco Laga - funded by HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS INTERNATIONAL INC(Humanitatianprojectsinternationalinc.com)
Patrick Browne College Samalari(built with money donated by PATRICK BROWNE a parishioner of St Thomas More Parish Mt Eliza
St Peters Comoro
St Anthony's Baucau
Over 3000 primary children and 2000 secondary children attend these schools.
There are more than 20 schools in the Laga sub-districtstill needing rebuilding. Most of the schools were originally built by the Indonesians more than 30 years ago. Most are in a terrible state of disrepair.
One of our challenges is to rebuild these schools in future years.
SAGADATE BEFORE REBUILDING
INSIDE SAGADATE BEFORE REFURBISHMENT
SAGADATE BEFORE REFURBISHMENT
INSIDE TEQUINOMATA BEFORE REBUILD
NUNIRA BEFORE BUILD
PATRICK BROWNE COLLEGE OPENING
NUNIRA AFTER BUILD
SAELARI AFTER BUILD
PATRICK BROWNE COLLEGE SAMALARI
DON BOSCO LAGA BUILT BY HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS INTERNATIONAL
DON BOSCO LAGA OPENING
NEW SCHOOL ATALARI
The education of many children is sponsored by generous benefactors in Australia.
We seek sponsors for children whose families cannot afford to send them to school, especially once they reach year 9 and have the ability to go on with their education to year 12 and even university.
The sponsorship entails a commitment from the sponsor to fund the education costing about $US300 each year for schooling and about $US600 each year for University.
Sponsors receive a photo of the child sponsored and academic reports on their educational progress.
The children are encouraged to write to their sponsors from time to time, and sponsors are asked to do the same.
Communications from sponsors are sent through the Salesians so that the sponsors' communication details are kept anonymous.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SPONSORING A CHILD CONTACT LES HARPER AS BELOW
Immersion visits have been made by several Melbourne senior school children and their teachers.
The experience has been life changing for many of them.
The privileged life they live in Melbourne compared to the abject poverty suffered byEast Timorese children their age, and the acceptance of the people of their condition has been a life lesson for many of our Australian children, such that many are determined to help this poor nation.
This is witnessed by the desire of many of the children to assist in the building of schools, feeding and clothing and doing many other things to improve the lives of the East Timorese.
ST THOMAS MORE TEQUINOMATA
The people of the village had a partially completed church and asked the parishioners of St Thomas More Mt Eliza if they would provide the funds to complete it.
The villagers were so grateful on the completion of their Church that they asked it to be called 'St Thomas More' after the Mt Eliza Church.
Then they asked for a painting and statue of St Thomas More.
Local artist from Mt Eliza, Helene Seymour generously created a beautiful painting and Ian Johnston from Mt Martha created a wonderful statue of St Thomas More and another of Christ.
CONVERSION OF CONTAINERS
The containers sent are sometimes converted into useable rooms for classrooms and teacher rooms.
Other containers are used for storage.
A working party in July 2016 was able to convert 4 containers into rooms installed at Patrick Browne college Samalari.