Kirsty Sword-Gusmão 2019 Study Tour

Rosemany Nugent with Xanana Gusmão . Geelong West resident and former teacher Rosemary Nugent, felt privileged to accompany First Lady Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmão AO and nine others on a Study Tour to Timor-Leste in August 2019.  There were many opportunities to witness the important role played by women in their community, including those associated... Continue Reading →

Fostering Tetun Literacy in Schools

GVFS was again delighted to have financially supported the excellent teacher training programs conducted by Mary MacKillop Today. Its Literacy Team continued its training in Viqueque with a five-day program for 45 primary teachers from remote schools. The objective of the training was to understand the new curriculum developed by the Ministry of Education with a... Continue Reading →

Young Timorese Fulfilling their Dreams

The Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools Committee have been elated and truely humbled by the amount of individuals responding with interest to our donor call out. Obrigadu barak to everyone who has committed to sponsoring Timorese students from extremely low income families to further their primary and secondary education by committing to an annual payment of $100... Continue Reading →

Another Enjoyable Evening-2019 GVFS Dinner

David Whelan welcoming our newest GVFS Committee members . The 2019 Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools Dinner was again a huge success. It was fantastic to see that the event was a complete sellout. A true testament to our greater community's dedication to our friends in Timor-Leste. To commence proceedings, we were delighted to officially welcome... Continue Reading →

Ekipa Tasi Mos Atauro Timor-Leste, Recycle Station

Another outstanding initiative of Barry Hinton and his team in Atauro Island. Article below. Ekipa Tasi Mos Atauro, Timor-Leste, (Clean Ocean Team Atauro) is a community organization that aims to remove and record plastic pollution from the marine environment that surround the waters of Atauro and to assist the community in reducing their use of... Continue Reading →

Screening of Alias Ruby Blade

Rosemary Nugent manning the ticket booth A very successful film fundraiser was held at Clonard College on 20 May, Timor-Leste’s Restoration of Independence Day. A great turnout of interested people viewed this inspiring and powerful documentary film.  It chronicles the remarkable story of Kirsty Sword, a human rights activist who becomes passionately involved in the plight of... Continue Reading →

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