Thursday, December 21, 2006

BMETS Achievements 2006 - no wonder we are tired!

Where a little goes a long way.

We paid salary to two grassroots women’s community development workers to assist development of women’s projects
We established 19 scholarships for women and girls in East Timor - 10 at university, 9 at school
We assisted two women’s tais weaving cooperatives supporting up to 150 women and their families, purchasing over $10,000 in tais for re-sale in Australia
We contributed over $10,000 towards Mother and Baby Packs to be distributed through the Alola Foundation and supported other Alola projects
We assisted two East Timorese women to come to Australia to strengthen friendships, connections and networks and to raise funds and awareness
We continued assisting with the collection and writing of Women Veteran’s Stories from the Clandestine Movement
We provided funds to complete the building of a Women Veteran’s Centre in the village community of Bogoro
We resourced the establishment of a women’s sewing cooperative in the town of Hato-Builico
We furnished a Safe-Room in Dili Hospital for victims of sexual assault and assisted Pradet in their work in trauma counselling services by funding vehicles
We provided $6,000 for emergency relief
We organised three public forums to develop of knowledge of East Timor current issues
We supported the on-going development of Blue Mountains Friendship Committee with Hato Builico and developed links to other local governments work in East Timor
We established a partnership with Union Aid Aboard – Apheda to enable tax-deductibility for donations

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Laura Abrantes talk Thursday evening

BLUE MOUNTAINS EAST TIMOR SISTERS are holding a public meeting on Thursday 7th December at 7pm at Mountains Community Resource Network, Cnr Badgery's Cres/San Jose Ave, Lawson. Come & hear our two East Timorese friends, Laura Abrantes & Mana Kassian, tell their story of East Timor's struggle for independence. They will provide an insight into the current difficulties facing East Timor. All welcome. Call Mary on 4757 4478 4759 3599 for more info.

East Timor Sisters wish to thank everyone for their support for the garage sales this year. With your help we have raised over $15,000! Our next garage sale will be held 24th Feb. Please hold off on deliveries for sales until end of January if possible. For more info call Suzie on 4784 1718.

BLUE MOUNTAINS EAST TIMOR SISTERS calendar out now. Just $12. Great Xmas gift. Call Mary 4759 3599, Jude on 4757 4478 or Suzie 4784 1718."