Children helping Children
The Ballarat Support Group met with the Principals of the Ballarat Grammar Junior School in 2013. This School has been a very long time sponsor of two residents at Raphael. They had a particular request:
We wish to engender in our students a better understanding of our near neighbour and friend, Timor Leste. Is there a project at Klibur Domin that our students would be able to engage with?
After discussion with Peter Newton, RCA National President, and Joaquim Soares, Director of Klibur Domin (KD), a child appropriate project was identified:
Would the students learn about TB in our country as part of their school programs? Would they gather information, statistics, maps and illustrations about this disease throughout Timor- Leste?
Continue reading Klibur Domin + School = TB Postcards
A glimpse of Raphael and Dehra Dun
As the clarion call of the Muslim early Morning Prayer call echoed into my deep sleep at 5.30 am, the cool chill of the winter airbrushed my face. A dash to the bathroom to turn on the hot water cistern was bracing but necessary if I wanted a hot shower in 30 minutes. Glimpsing the mist outside on this relatively mild winter in Dehra Dun, the Indian climate was to my liking. Continue reading Dawn
Ballarat ACU Student Group Develop a Children’s Reading Book with Klibur Domin for Timor Leste
The Supporting Community Issues Project is the initiative of the Australian Catholic University and University of Ballarat. It has provided students currently undertaking the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education with an opportunity to form partnerships with local, national and global community agencies.
Our group has had the privilege of being in partnership with Ryder-Cheshire Australia in Ballarat. Together, we have undertaken the development of a culturally appropriate Early Childhood Literacy Project for the children of the Klibur Domin Community in Timor Leste and surrounding villages.
Continue reading Where does Grandfather Go?
As a final year medical student from the University of Melbourne I was fortunate to travel back to Klibur Domin over November and December 2012. Much had changed over five years from my previous short trip as a physiotherapist in 2007/2008. The services had grown including the important Multi Drug Resistant TB program and many improved facilities for patients and staff. An important constant was the staff at Klibur Domin who greeted me again with welcoming smiles. Continue reading Paul
I arrived in Raphael in November 2012 and it was one of the best experiences I ever had.
Raphael offers each volunteer a multi-tiered experience. Even if you initially give assistance in one area, being the school, hospital or one of the adult education programs, you will find yourself swept up in the spirit of the place and taking valuable life lessons from each part of the organization. Continue reading AMELIA