AUSTRALIA - EAST TIMOR FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION (SA) Inc.  

Australia - East Timor Friendship Association (SA) Inc
AETFA, P.O.Box 240
Goodwood, S.A. 5034

Web: http://www.communitywebs.org/AustEastTimorFriendship/: Email: William.Fisher@postgrads.unisa.edu.au
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Where the money goes

Australia - East Timor Friendship Association (SA) Inc.



    All AETFA members are volunteers.  We don't have any "overheads".  Our funds come from membership subscriptions, donations and organised fundraising events like dinners and films.  Our fundraising efforts have been very successful for many years.

    In 2008, we raised (from our annual dinner) $1000 each for the Alola Foundation and Bibi Bulak (a theatre group promoting important health and social messages).
Details of our 2008 fund-raising follow:

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2008 5:48 PM
Subject: Thankyou For Your Donation to the Alola Foundation

Dear Members of AETFA SA,

On behalf of the Alola Foundation, I thank you for your kind donation supporting the work of the Alola Foundation in Timor-Leste.   A receipt is attached.

The contributions and good will of people like you, provide the Alola Foundation inspiration and energy in our continuing  work. Please visit our website www.alolafoundation.org to find out more about the work of the Alola Foundation, and our current activities.

We would welcome the opportunity to provide you with occasional updates regarding the on-going work in Timor-Leste and upcoming events.  In order to keep our costs to a minimum we prefer to stay in touch by email if at all possible.  We will shortly send you a request to update your details online so that we can add your contact details to our database of donors and friends.

 

Please email me at vic@alolafoundation.org if you do not wish to be on our database.

 
                              RECEIPT   101051

Date:         2/09/2008    

Received From: AETFA South Australia

The amount of    $1,000.00     

Being a donation for the work of the Alola Foundation

Received with thanks for and on behalf of the Alola Foundation.




---- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:24 AM
Subject: Thankyou For Your Donation to the Alola Foundation

Dear Members of AETFA in South Australia,

On behalf of the Alola Foundation, I thank you for your ongoing donations supporting the work of the Alola Foundation in Timor-Leste.   A receipt is attached for funds donated for Bibi Bulak.

The contributions and good will of people like you, provide the Alola Foundation inspiration and energy in our continuing  work. Please visit our website www.alolafoundation.org to see our latest newsletter and find out more about the work of the Alola Foundation, and our current activities.

 

Please email me at vic@alolafoundation.org if you do not wish to be on our database.

 
                              RECEIPT   101167

Date:         30/10/2008    

Received From:  AETFA in South Australia

The amount of     $1,000.00 

Being a donation for the work of the Alola Foundation for Bibi Bulak

Received with thanks for and on behalf of the Alola Foundation.





      Funds raised go to projects in East Timor and to political lobbying and awareness-raising here in Australia.  Our political lobbying activities increase at election time.  In 2003, funds raised went to the
Alola Foundation and to a women's shelter in East Timor.  In 2004, funds were sent to East Timor's education system, to areas of need identified by our long-term member Crystell Halliday, who worked as a volunteer in East Timor for 12 months.  Below are details.

Rebuilding Education in East Timor

As a teacher trainer in East Timor I saw at first hand the needs and pressures on the public sector.

The East Timorese government have no tax base to fund roads, schools, hospitals and infrastructure and so will be dependent on revenues from oil and gas deposits.

The government is paying its teachers an average of $US90 a month and relies on support from NGOs for teacher training.

The legacy of the Indonesian occupation and the scorched earth of 1999 was an education system in ruins. Schools have had to be rebuilt and most of the teachers had fled. 50% to 60% of the population is illiterate.

Most schools now have a roof, desks, chairs and a battered blackboard. But no textbooks or equipment, and chalk is doled out one stick at a time. Donated materials cannot always be distributed because the rooms have no windows or a lockable door.

Children fail and drop out, particularly as it costs about a dollar a month to keep a child in school. Only 75% of children complete their primary education and 30% complete secondary.

I worked for a year in the Catholic Teachers' College set up by the Bishop of Baucau. We opened with 53 first years who still attend despite sickness, being away from home and trying to study without electricity. The town of Baucau has not had any electricity since New Years day 2004 due to maintenance problems and the lack of parts for the generator.

The Ministry of Education has launched the first new curriculum, beginning with kindergartens. The college is conducting the in-service training to implement the curriculum in the kindergartens of which there are about 60 The teachers are very keen and willing to try new ideas despite their lack of equipment. It has been a privilege to work with these people. It is planned to have the College entirely in Timorese hands within ten years and we always worked with a counterpart so that our skills would be passed on.

Volunteers like myself are in a small way compensating for the way in which our government is treating the Timorese at the oil negotiations. The country will be in a dire situation unless these revenues become available. We may see our nearest neighbour go under without their only hope of income.

Crystell Halliday


Letters of Appreciation

Institute Católico para Formação de Professores

Baucau
Timor Leste

20 April 2004

Mr Don Jarrett
Australia East Timor Friendship Association

Dear Don

Re: Donation AUD 1500.00
I wish to convey on behalf of the Institute my sincere gratitude for the generous donation you have kindly passed on care of Rosanne Simpkin towards our Undergraduate Bursary Program.
I can assure you that this donation will be put into excellent use towards the future development of the East Timorese and once again, many thanks for your generosity.
Yours sincerely
Instituto Católico para Formação de Professores
Br. Mark Paul fms Director

_________________________

Dear Don,
The Teaching and Learning Team would like to thank the Australia East Timor Friendship Association for their contribution to our College and a personal thank you!
You yourself will be aware contributions are what inspire us and help us to produce effective education. Thanks so much to our friends there! Warmest regards
Rosanne, Pollyana



                                                               Up dated on January 30th 2010

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