Surprises are always welcomed by the Container Project, and this week has begun nicely. Apart from a new story to tell with pictures from Peter, we’ve had some donations to help move Container 30 off site and on board ship to Dili. It’s always a long and challenging road to raise the funds required and we’re not quite there yet.
Thank you to Elaine whose encouragement has prompted a generous donation from Nedlands Mayor and Council. Thank you all so much!
And thank you to lovely Rosa, a long time supporter, for yet another donation, and for the many beautiful rugs she crafts for new babies in Timor.
And special thanks to Tom, who has been previously misnamed ‘Bob’ for which he deserves many apologies. Tom and Scruff.eDog arrive most Saturdays with a ute load of boxes that this week included lots of Lego that the kids in a Timorese school are going to love. There were also clothes, kitchen utensils and school consumables that will be a wonderful help. Thanks so much Tom, you always bring great stuff.
Thanks to Lorenzo for computer keyboards and modems – they’ll be put to good use. And a sweet lady from Malaysia also left donations, and said she too attended a Canossa school in Malaysia and was pleased to read about the one in Timor we featured recently.
This week’s story from Peter in Timor is about the Novel Da Paz School. The school was started by the Director who sold two family vehicles to build the basic structure. The School has over 1800 boys and girls with early morning classes for the lower grades and afternoon classes for seniors to year 7. They haven’t been able to get much support locally.
There are no doors on any of the rooms at the school and there is only weldmesh in place of glass in the windows. Local pigs and other animals wander through the rooms after school hours due to the lack of doors and gates.
Peter is planning to install two cattle grate style ramps at each walkway into the school as a temporary measure to keep the animals outside the rooms.
From the last Container we shipped to Dili, Peter was able to supply the school with about 20 boxes of stationery, 6 teacher desks and chairs, and some tables for the canteen.
The pictures (left) are of the Administration Office at the school, their school canteen and school students loading up donated desks, tables and chairs at the warehouse in Dili.
I hope some of you reading this blog will recognise some of these donations and be assured of the real difference they make. Thanks again for your help.
The usual packing crew were at Kent St in force on Saturday – 9am to 12pm. Marg was treated to a birthday cake & eclairs & singing! Phil & John are headed to Yarloop again this week to remove more burnt fencing. The farmer they are helping has now rebuilt his boundary fence but the burnt internal fencing will still entangle cattle so they must remain on agistment.