It is with great pleasure that we can inform you that Joaquim Soares, the Director of Klibur Domin (the Ryder-Cheshire Home in Timor-Leste) has been presented with a national human rights award. The award ceremony took place in the President’s Palace in Dilli in December, with the President of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak making the presentations. Joaquim was nominated by a number of the organisations of which he is a member, and the award recognises his work across these various organisations in advocating for people with disabilities and for their health care, over the past nine years.
Everyone who has met Joaquim and seen his work at Klibur Domin, will join in sending him their very heart felt best wishes for this extremely well deserved award, and will rejoice that his incredible ability and hard work has been recognised at the national level within Timor-Leste. Continue reading Timor-Leste National Human Rights Award for Joaquim!
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’.
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
Motivation was not hard to find at Klibur Domin
Ryder-Cheshire Australia values the work of our all overseas volunteers and we look forward to receiving their reports at the end of their assignments. With his permission, we would like to share some reflections from a recent report by Timothy Burns. Continue reading Tim