Goodwill and water flows in East Timor
Rotarians have returned home after completing water supply and sanitation projects in some of East Timor’s most remote villages and schools.
Led by Kwinana Rotary Club president Max Bird, the team worked with Timorese communities to help provide water for a school in Laga, a primary and high school in Baguia and a remote village named Buibela.
Mr Bird said each of the communities had reached out for help and shown they would maintain and own the pipelines after the Rotarians left the country.
He said one of the most rewarding parts of the trip was harvest- ing spring water and using 2000L tanks to make the water easily accessible for a village of about 25 families.
The village’s mayor — known as “Cheffy” — had approached the Rotarians last year to help tap into their locally available water sources.
“Cheffy — I have great admiration for him and his wife — had done some work and identified two close water sources and one of those sources was running at 25L per minute,” Mr Bird said.
“That was only 900m from the village, about 20m uphill, so we plumbed into that spring and siphoned from that spring back to the village.
“Only after we had supplied water to his village did he ask us to come and look at where he lived, up the mountain.
“Six families lived in that part of the village, so we ran a pipeline from a spring close to his house with a 2000L tank and, before we left Timor, we ran into Cheffy and his wife and they were over the moon.”
The Rotary clubs of Southern Districts, District 9465, Palm Beach, Foundation, Rockingham, Byford and Districts, Albany Port and Dili Timor-Leste fundraise and take part in the projects to support East Timor.
Mr Bird said the fundraising goal for next year’s projects was about $US50,000 and donations from the public were always welcome.