HELP – Building Teams

HELP – Building Teams

HELP is an acronym for Hutchinson Builders, St Edmund’s College – Ipswich, St Laurence’s College – South Brisbane and St Patrick’s College – Shorncliffe. HELP building teams are comprised of a supervising builder from Hutchinson, Year 11 & 12 Manual Arts students from the participating schools and support teachers. Hutchinson Builders provide the materials for these projects. In 2010 two classrooms were completed at Samalete and another two in 2011. Previously, students at...

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Just Coffee

Just Coffee

In the Just Coffee program, Timorese families grow and harvest a premium organic coffee, which is then roasted by Blue Sky Coffee to produce a rich, mellow, high quality organic coffee. The coffee crops are family ventures which enable extra rice to be purchased for households, or to further educational opportunities for the children. A coffee tree pruning project has provided growers with on-site education by agriculturalists from the Coffee Co-operative Timor. In October 2011 around 100,000...

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Arts & Craft Co-operative

Arts & Craft Co-operative

Arts & Craft Co-op An Arts & Craft Co-operative at Railaco Kraic employs more than 60 women in designing and producing beautiful and reasonably priced hand-made occasional cards, especially Christmas cards highlighting traditional Timorese weaving (Tais). The range features both Timorese and Australian themes and includes bookmarks and wristbands. A popular item among young people is the Bro-Bands, which are available in the many colours of the Tais rainbow. These products are sold in...

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CER Education Program

CER Education Program

Preschool Teachers’ Inservice with Australian Volunteer Adult literacy rates in Timor Leste are very low and less than half of primary-aged children complete 6 years of primary education. CER provides qualified, reliable teaching staff and resources to encourage regular attendance at school and increase retention rates. Funds from Australia enable payment of salaries for ‘volunteer’ primary school and preschool teachers and the sourcing and provision of teaching supplies. A...

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Mobile Health Clinic

Mobile Health Clinic

CER’s mobile health clinic, which works out of a land-cruiser, has operated for more than 10 years. The clinic is staffed by a government paid nurse with 4 CER staff and visits CER supported villages weekly. The health programme aims to support basic health care at community level through an immunisation program, maternity and post-natal care and management of injuries and diseases. An additional focus is building awareness of simple health care principles within the communities CER supports...

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