|Mr Chris Trueman|
|Phone:||(03) 8602 7250|
The Xanana Vocational Education Trust aims to assist the people of Timor-Leste to develop a sustainable vocational education system that meets their unique needs, and leads to an increase in skill. sustainable incomes and economic activity.
The Trust is working with the Timorese to develop and implement long term programs of assistance to build capacity, infrastructure and skill.
Within Australia the Trust aims to raise money directly, but more importantly to facilitate significant funding from government, private sector, donor organisations and the general public to support its programs in Timor-Leste.
Refer to the The Trust website at http://xananatrust.org for more information.
The development of links to people and organisations in Australia who can offer financial support to the Trust.
The Trust would like to attract people and organisations who will carry out fund raising activities with the Trust as the beneficiary.
Programs supported fall into the following categories:
Some of the more significant achievements are:
The Trust has commenced a program of new industry development to help the Timorese create a large number of rural incomes. With significant support from the US Government through USAID, the Trust has started an initiative to develop a dairy industry based on using the large numbers of buffalo in Timor-Leste. These are widely distrubuted in rural areas and owned by a large number of families. The aim is to encourage participation by families to build small income producing businesses, or to build cooperatives, to add regular incomes to rural areas. The initiative has a market focus, and is based around training for farmers and others to bring skill and sustainability to the industry. It is anticpated that milk will initially be sold to the Government to enhance its school feeding program and so contribute to better health outcomes for children. Processing of the milk into cheese and yoghurt can also lead, with appropriate training, to development of associated small industries and more jobs.
The Trust aims to try and use the above initiative as a model for development of several other new industries which also have the potential to create a large number of income producing opportunities for Timorese families.
In Australia the Trust is building a supporter base and developing ongoing strategies to secure major funding for its work in Timor-Leste. Particular emphasis is on securing larger-scale Australian government support for similar inititives to the above.
Download a current newsletter from the Trust's website at http://xananatrust.org
The group is open for everyone to join or participate in.
The Trust's office and meeting room facilities are genersously provided by Russell Kennedy Solicitors at 12/469 Latrobe St Melbourne on a pro-bono basis.
Other venues may be used as appropriate.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
No particular meeting time and place.
Volunteers attend the office several days each week during normal office hours to provide administrative services for the Trust.
Other meetings and details are a notified to supporters.
No membership fee.
Supporters are encouraged to donate a $20 Annual Supporter Contribution to help defray the costs of administering the Trust such as newsletter preparation and postage costs.
Donors are encouraged to make a regular annual or six-monthly donation to fund the Trust's work in Timor-Leste.