Palms Post: June 2009

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In this edition of Palms Post are letters from Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea and a photo-essay of the Timor-Leste field trip; reflections on Focus Workshops and Re-entry Weekends; a new Reverse Immersion, Palms’ Encounter Timor-Leste and more discussion of government partnerships.

Also included in this issue is Darren Koch’s touching and inspiring eulogy for his daughter Emily.

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Director’s Report: Celebrating Uncertainty

George Bernard Shaw once famously said, “The future belongs to the unreasonable ones, the ones who look forward, not backward, who are certain only of uncertainty…” As I look forward I can affirm that I am certain only of uncertainty.

Letters from the Field

Of course the ute is totally clapped out – it whines like a Collingwood supporter – and there is no key for it, because the key is lost.

Letters from the Field

East Timor seems like a second home now and I continue to be impressed by the many young volunteers who are filling various roles here in health, education, local government and community development.

Timor-Leste Photo Essay

A photo essay through Timor-Leste.

Palms and Government

If we can help convince the Government to remove some of the limits to implementation, particularly the prescriptive nature of contracts, Palms with the AGVP will be able to extend the benefits we have achieved through the innovative approaches we have developed.

Focus Workshops

“Palms’ Focus Workshops are an excellent starting point for developing an understanding of good practice in poverty reduction work.”


During Palms’ Re-entry Weekend, 22nd — 24th May at The Hermitage Mittagong, one of the highlights is the opportunity for returned volunteers to share their stories with people with similar experiences.

Beating the Drum for Fair Trade

A Sambalouco musician On Saturday 9th May, patrons at The Fair Trade Coffee Company and the Glebe community were treated to a display of Brazilian drumming and dancing by individuals from the performance group, Sambalouco. Drumming took place in ten cities around the globe, this World Fair Trade Day, to demonstrate solidarity in promoting fair […]

Em’s Eulogy

Darren Koch’s touching and inspiring eulogy for his daughter Emily.

2009-2010 Membership Drive

A strong membership base provides an important reflection of Palms’ capacity to achieve its mission.

Palms’ Encounter: Timor-Leste

A unique experience combining social justice, cross-cultural education, community development and environmental sustainability.

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. - Charles du Bois