Palms Post: March 2008

March 2008 cover
Palms Post this month highlights the work of Connect East Timor, a project of Palms Australia aimed at providing affordable communications technology to every village in Timor-Leste. There are also letters from the field, a new staff member, and Maria’s story – the story of a Timorese girl who is benefitting from Palms’ skill exchange program.

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Connect East Timor

The audacious goal of equipping some 489 villages with simple two-way radio technology (similar to what has been used for years in remote homesteads and communities in Australia for School of the Air and the Flying Doctor) drew the support of most people and organisations who heard the CET ‘story’.

Executive Director’s Report

Palms has gone so much further than just participating in and developing networks. Palms office has become a network hub assisting constituent organisations seeking to achieve similar goals.

Letters from Papua New Guinea

All the stories we heard about before we came away have proved to be false – our experience has been one of meeting very friendly and helpful people.

Letters from Kiribati

Our accommodation on Christmas Island was interesting; a local “motel”, it comprised three two-bedroom units, each of which was made of bush materials – palm branch roofing, walls made of 25mm wide “boards” held together with string!

Four Ways You Can Reduce Poverty

Such a simple effort can make a big difference, so please promote this effort amongst your family, friends, colleagues, clients or staff.

Maria’s Story

Since the Australian organisations like Palms, FPET and Connect East Timor gave their support and help to us so that we can work with them, we are very grateful to them.


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