“The vehicle will be invaluable in Timor-Leste, the Good Crocodile Foundation (FLD) visit remote communities and reliable transport is essential for them in providing the medical support that is required. This vehicle will assist their work in so many ways” said Michael Dahl, Director at Nazareth Catholic Community and West Torrens Rotary member.
“Nazareth are delighted that West Torrens Rotary Club have been able to source the vehicle, it was unexpected and will certainly be put to good use immediately” he said.
The young Timorese population, whilst only 55 minutes from Darwin, are still among the poorest in Asia; with two thirds of people living in rural areas where poor sanitation and malnutrition are endemic. Approximately 1,200 Timorese children under 5 years old die from preventable medical conditions every year.
“While on a six week volunteer trip to Timor-Leste in 2016, I was able to work in the first mobile health clinic, consulting and treating up to 60 patients each day alongside Timorese nurses,” describes Rose Whitehead, RAWCS volunteer.
“The mobile clinic travels to rural villages once or twice a week to offer health care to remote communities who would otherwise have no opportunity to seek medical assistance. Among many sick people, I met a young girl who had lived 12 years with undiagnosed Cerebral Palsy because her family had no way of transporting her to a doctor. Because of the mobile clinic, the girl was provided a wheelchair and access to physiotherapy treatment in Dili. It’s thanks to Rotary and The Good Crocodile Foundation that this family had their lives changed, and gained a new sense of home in a brighter future” Rose said.
For West Torrens Rotary Club, helping those less fortunate is the cornerstone of their activities.
“Our Rotary club is only a small club in number, but our big focus is being involved in helping those less fortunate, both locally and internationally” said Maurie Howard, President of West Torrens Rotary Club.
“Personally, I hate seeing children suffer. Being involved in projects like this is a way to help those less fortunate in life and through organisations such as Rotary and Nazareth, to make their world a better place” he said.
In partnership with Rotary, Nazareth and the Good Crocodile Foundation have invested close to $150,000 over 7 years to support and undertake a number of life-changing projects in the Triloka region. A full list of the projects is available at www.nazareth.org.au/our-community/outreach/timor-leste