Palms Post: September 2007

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Palms Post this month contains stories of investigating new placements and re-visiting old; of incredible CommUNITY support for departing volunteers and reflection and evaluation from those in the field; and of the growing team in the Palms Australia office and the importance of cooperation and collaboration with other organisations and the wider Palms’ family.

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Sudan

The two main questions were “Do the requests fit Palms Australia’s development philosophy?” and “Will it be feasible to send and support volunteers to Sudan?” although gaining a feel for the place by just being there is also immensely valuable.

Executive Director’s Report

It has been an extraordinary balancing act with the ultimate realisation that it only continues because of every donation of funds, time and inspiration offered by the rest of you.

PALMS Office Movements

The Palms office has moved, but what about the personnel moving around in the office? Who are they? What do they do?

Return Visit to Kiribati

This trip was an ideal opportunity to travel together back to Kiribati to see our former students (the youngest of whom are now in their last year of school).

Developing communities at home and abroad

Recently Sarah and Damien Beale’s community have demonstrated just how much interest and support volunteers can generate for sustainable poverty reduction through skill exchange.

Evaluation: Finding out what is, and can be, achieved

Primarily, evaluation is about determining if our vision and mission is being achieved in keeping with our key value of solidarity.


What a terrible thing, to have lived quite comfortably, with no suffering, not getting involved in problems, quite tranquil, quite settled,
with good connections politically, economically, socially, lacking nothing, having everything. - Oscar Romero