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Appeal for Donations of Money
Funds needed to ship container of Sewing Materials from Sydney to Dili
There has been a splendid response from Canberra women of all ages to the
call for sewing materials and equipment, to be forwarded to the
women of East Timor. Some 150 cardboard boxes of material and several machines
were deposited during December 2000!
After January 10th 2001 the sewing materials will be transported overland
from Canberra with the kind assistance of Canberra Rotarians to
the Australian Foundation for the Peoples
of Asia and the Pacific (AFAP) depot in Sydney. The materials will
then be transported via the normal sea route to Indonesia, and after that
shipped onto AFAP's close indigenous partner Timor
Aid / Tulan Rai Timor in Dili. From there the materials will be
distributed to OPMT Sewing Programs
throughout East Timor.
At the AFAP depot in Sydney, our contributions will be added to a container
of much needed medical equipment, etc. However, with the return of most
of our Defence forces, all Australian government assistance with transport
of goods to East Timor is now at an end. AFAP sponsors the cost of sending
containers to East Timor, which can cost $5000 to $6000 each.
AFAP is now making an appeal for donations towards the container shipping
costs. All donations are tax deductible and receipts will
be forwarded to the donor.
You can help in two ways:
1. Send a cheque made out to A.F.A.P. (East Timor containers)
P.O. Box 12
CROWS NEST, NSW 1585
2. Donations by telephone on your credit card
Phone: 1800 007 308
With either method of donation, please:
mention that the donation is to assist with the costs of transporting Sewing
Materials for OPMT
Any other enquiries to AFAP - Phone: (02) 9906-3792 Email:
include your name and address to enable a tax deductible receipt
to be sent to you.
The Popular Organisation of East Timorese Women / Organizacao Popular de
OPMT is a East Timorese women's organisation that has been dealing
with the impact of Indonesian rule that has dominated their lives for the
past 25 years culminating in the violence around the UN sponsored Popular
Consultations in 1999. It is these women who have been dealing with those
who have been severely psychologically and/or physically traumatised. They
have been helping address the needs of women who are the main carers of
children (many of whom are orphans), the injured, sick and the elderly.
They have a vision for how the new country can support the people's needs.
OPMT is a registered East Timorese non-government
organization (ETNGO). See: OPMT Sewing
Program in Timor Loro Sa'e
Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific
AFAP is a nonprofit organization with
headquarters in Sydney, Australia with development programs in the Asia-Pacific
Region. It is an member of the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
International (FSPI) network, the oldest, largest, and most experienced
secular NGO network in the Pacific. AFAP promotes sustainable, self-reliant
community development projects in the areas of institution building, health,
education, literacy, agriculture, environmental protection, hospital rehabilitation,
village improvement, disaster relief and rehabilitation and small industry
development which emerge from the aspirations of the local people. Email:
As an ACFOA member, AFAP adheres to
a Code of Conduct.
Aid, also known as Timor
Aid-Tulun Rai Timor
TA is a non-government aid organization
founded by East Timorese, whose seat is in Dili. It provides relief, reconstruction
and development aid to the people of East Timor. Besides relief and reconstruction
work during the current emergency, Timor Aid also engages in long term
development projects mainly in the areas of health, education, human resource
development, the advancement of women, and income generation. As an ACFOA
member, TA adheres to a Code of Conduct. TA is the aid and development
arm of ETISC.
The OPMT Sewing Program is an ongoing
OPMT activity. OPMT members voluntarily teach sewing and needlecraft five
afternoons a week to widows, orphans and other socially disadvantaged Timorese
women. The program is perceived as crucial to the aims and objectives of
OPMT as it provides women with a means of establishing a level of economic
self-sufficiency. The women are taught the skills necessary to either produce
clothing and linen cheaply for their family needs or to set up their own
small sewing businesses.
The program is vastly under-resourced; OPMT as an organisation is reliant
on donations from supporters, particularly international supporters. However
even if OPMT received sufficient funds it is difficult to obtain resources
in East Timor as there are still no suppliers of sewing or needlecraft
For this reason OPMT sought small donations of sewing and needlecraft
materials from supporters in Canberra during December 2000.
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