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Great News – Priyo’s award

priyoIt was a great pleasure to receive the news that Mrs Priyo Lal, Head of Special Education at Raphael (the Ryder-Cheshire Home in India) has been honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award. This award is in memory of the late Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, and honours those who have made an outstanding individual contribution to the wellbeing of children. Priyo was presented with the award at a ceremony on November 14 by the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee. Continue reading Great News – Priyo’s award

The launch of Peter Newton’s book ‘Klibur Domin Sharing With Love’.

Peter N Book Launch-small Peter is the dedicated, long serving President of Ryder-Cheshire Australia and was the driving force behind the inception and growth of Klibur Domin (the Ryder-Cheshire Home in Timor Leste).  The book is a thoroughly researched and yet deeply personal account of the ‘perfect storm’ of issues within both Ryder-Cheshire Australia and Timor Leste that led to Peter’s Christmas  morning epiphany in 2000, and to the ensuing search for the right project, premises and people.  It is a great story encompassing the efforts of all those who have contributed to the establishment and development of Klibur Domin. The Ryder-Cheshire goal of working to relieve suffering is clearly evident throughout the book, and you can certainly see why the Tetum title Klibur Domin, which means sharing with love, was chosen as the name of this unique place. Continue reading The launch of Peter Newton’s book ‘Klibur Domin Sharing With Love’.

Tristan

TMI arrived about two weeks after Jo and Kate, with almost no idea what to expect.  With 36 hours of travel behind me, I crawled into bed and woke up to the sounds of Raphael all around me.

It has been an island of peace and complete tranquillity in an otherwise bustling country.  It took a week for me to begin calling it “home” and to tell each other “I can’t wait to get home” while out and about on weekends. Continue reading Tristan

Fran

Fran Head

Anyone who can possibly make the effort to spend time in Timor Leste should jump at the opportunity. I enjoyed every day of my two months’ stay at Klibur Domin. As I have been retired for a few years I was worried that the long day from 8 am until 5 pm in the heat might prove too much for me. It turned out to be like a holiday on a tropical island away from the Ballarat winter. The warm weather and cool nights suited me though if I had to work in the sun it would have been a different story. Continue reading Fran

Kate

Kate HeadArriving for the first time in Dehradun after spending a few days amongst the craziness that is Delhi I could not believe the tranquillity of Raphael.

As soon as we entered the iron gates and made our way down the long driveway I felt instantly at home amongst the tall trees and forestry.

After travelling for 5 weeks through South-East Asia it was nice to unpack and have a place for our belongings. Continue reading Kate