Projects in 2014
Friendship Schools –
several more schools in Pittwater have linked to schools in Soibada. In Australia the students celebrate Timor’s Restoration of Independence Day and raise money for projects. This year’s focus was water. TankPro water santisers were installed in several locations in Soibada.
reading room literacy books from Abut Timor and McKillop
Youth of Soibada
Relationship and friendship enhancement through dance, craft at the request of the youth of Soibada.
Hiam health –
nutrition and community gardens
small business for women
Involvement of the Sydney Timorese Community
Training Centre and Guest house construction
Medical teams and equipment
Partnership with universities
Timorese students from Dili University accompany the team and also conduct English lessons in the village.
Custard Apple Plantation
Crochet craft business
Craft workshops –
Partnered with The Pacific Future Foundation
in order to build a bridge in Soibada (ongoing)
Distribution of “Days for Girls” hygiene kits.
with Soibada’s resident Artist (A fine arts student assisted Particio da Cruz Quintao to structure a course for “tourists” to spend a few days in Soibada Guesthouse, “Paint with Patricio” and do cooking and craft classes with the local women. A trial was conducted and a program will commence on completion of the guesthouse.
Projects in 2016
Continuation and expansion of all projects listed above.
High School –
fundraising for the new high school is the biggest priority.
Sponsorship through FKSH for girls.
Avalon Surf Club
Avalon Surf Club CPR training as requested by Dr Nidia
Medical specialists to visit and run a clinic
School student visits through World Expeditions
Projects in 2015
Computers for teachers
Sponsorship of seminarians
The installation of guttering, water tanks, solar panels and Tank Pro sanitation equipment to Salau School.
Check water sanitation and tankpro in Tasi Fatin.
Soibada Youth Needs Assessment.
Interviews and video recording with Soibada youth. (Consultation between Soibada and Pittwater youth has already been underway on the “Youth for Soibada” Facebook Page.)
Partnership with ENACTUS and UNSW
Development of the coffee project in Salau as requested by Father Tiago.
Small Business development –
Hair Dressing Classes
Review of Training Centre and Guesthouse project, construction site inspection and planning meetings for hospitality training.
with community leaders to prioritize future tasks.
Women’s craft development meetings.
New High School Project
Planning meetings for the new High School Project. (This will become Friends of Soibada’s main fundraising effort in 2016.)
Friendship school visits.
(Already 4 schools in Pittwater are linked with schools in Soibada – the aim is to link every school in Soibada with a school in Pittwater.)
The Soibada Pittwater Foster Student Scheme –
the pilot program has commenced
Preschool project development.
Days for Girls Partnership
Partnership with “Days for Girls” with a view to training the women of Soibada to produce hygiene kits.
Dance classes as requested.