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Timor Leste
Donor organisations include Rotary Club of Lakes Entrance, Rotary Club of Orbost, Gippsland Lakes Complete Health and the Lakes Entrance Baptist Church.  The fund raising targets for the 2022-23 financial year is $5000 for Medical Equipment for the Soibada district and $6000 for a district toilet block for Baguia.  Gippsland Lakes Complete Health have donated the medical equipment and so far $4000 has been raised for the toilet block. 
 
 
Donate to Timor Leste
Donations can be made to Timor Leste via the Rotary Club of Lakes Entrance
East Gippsland Friends of Timor Leste Acc
BSB  063 832
Account Number 10188241
Please use Timor Leste and your name as a reference and email your name to jasiwilson@bigpond.com
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Lakes Entrance

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
The Central Hotel
321 The Esplanade
Lakes Entrance, VIC 3909
Australia
Meetings 2nd and 4th Wednesday Contact Lesley Mackenzie 0419871197
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Timor-Leste our neighbour is one of the poorest countries in the world.  It was devastated during the Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 2000 with 70% of its infrastructure destroyed and 20% of its population murdered.  The Australian Army together with other forces helped to restore stability in Timor-Leste during a destructive withdrawal by the Indonesian army. This occurred after Timorese voted by a large majority for independence in a UN supervised referendum in 1997.
 
Foreign aid and support from Charitable organisations, Rotary and Local Governments are helping the Timorese establish their nation as well as assisting those living in abject poverty.
 
My wife and I visited Timor-Leste during September on a Rotary trip to find ways assistance can be given.  It was an amazing experience.  The generosity of the Timorese, their focus on nation building, a lack of debilitating bitterness and their determination to build relationships with neighbouring countries such as Australia and Indonesia was impressive.  Rotary was present throughout the country assisting with projects that were led and carried out by Timorese.  
The need is great.  Many rural villages live only off what they can produce from the land and in many villages there is no electricity and lack of clean water.