• Helping with Education in Balibo, Timor Leste

The great team at the Community Learning Centre (CLC) in Balibo has just made an intensive, schools-distribution effort.

Michele, Marino, Rufina and Mario plus many community helpers managed to visit 13 schools this week and had another six schools to visit next week. A total of 19 schools! And it is no easy task, some of the schools can only be reached with heavy duty 4 wheel-drive vehicles, others, only with horses or motorbikes. [ask Doug, Robyn or Ricardo; they will vouch for this]

A selection of Images taken at EBF Bullecun primary  distribution

This was the last distribution before the oncoming wet-season and consisted of the remainder of the 12,000 exercise-books, biros, rulers, etc. which the ‘Rotary Balibo Partnership’, shipped earlier this year.

The material was purchased by the Rotary Clubs of Port Melbourne, Keilor, Pakenham and Berwick during the annual ‘Back to School’ sales, run by OfficeWorks and Woolworth in January.

The distributions were first started by RCPM and augmented by Macrob Interact club as far back as 2011, but has really taken off since the Balibo project was taken over by the Rotary Balibo Partnership, in 2015. Twelve thousand (12,000) exercise books is a great effort, we got to know the Woolworth staff very well and we were even barred from OfficeWorks because we were clearing their shelves every time they stocked them up!

Nevertheless, we hope to get to 15,000 books this year so please get ready for a BIG effort in January 2018.

We are also very excited to have made an agreement with ‘Sparrow’s Early Learning Childcare Centres’, to donate their older playground equipment to RCPM. The equipment will be contributed to the Rotary Partnership to ship to the 9 Kindergartens in the Balibo area.

Volunteers will be needed for the pick-up of playground equipment in early November and for the exercise books in January 2018. Please let me know if you can help with either of these.

Follow these links for a fuller post from Michelle and  more images from some of the 23 schools in  Balibo schools area that The Balibo Partnership is supporting



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