Palms Post: September 2010

September 2010 Palms Post
This edition of Palms Post contains several letters from the field, written by volunteers in Kiribati and Timor-Leste, Palms’ staff in Kiribati and Tanzania and our Partner KIFAD in Uganda, providing diverse views on our programs.

We also explore ideas relating to philanthropy and generosity; discuss how development projects are assessed for sustainability; and encourage people to participate in Palms’ Big Blow for our Jubilee year.

Finally, we continue our regular series profiling the people in Australia without whose help our programs would not operate.

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Whose Development?

To qualify for tax-deductibility, donations to overseas aid must be for either emergency relief, where for example a disaster has occurred, or for sustainable development programs. A number of criteria need to be considered, and since organisations often run diverse programs, blanket judgments can be difficult.

Partner’s Perspective: A Report from KIFAD in Uganda

After a couple of months working with Lorrain, I came to realise the skills, potential, commitment, energy, enthusiasm and above all the willingness she has to ensure she makes a difference not only to our project and clients but also to the community in general; yes, a positive change.

Letter from Ermera, Timor-Leste

Somehow having believed I was invisible initially, I wasn’t invisible any longer, and the principal thanked me for visiting their school and bestowed a tais. I was quite overwhelmed and unprepared.

Letter from Maliana, Timor-Leste

I am currently installing a permaculture vegetable garden which is attracting many visits from students, teachers and the local community. Exchanging small plants is now a daily activity.

Kiribati: Field Trip Report

Palms Australia has three volunteers currently working in Kiribati. Theresa Murphy, at St Dominic’s Pre-School/Child-Care Centre ( Sacred Heart Parish, Teaoraereke), Marlene Rasmussen at the Diocese of Tarawa & Nauru office (Teaoraereke), and Helena Charlesworth at Sacred Heart High School (Bikenibeu).

Letters from Kiribati

God only knows how and why I put my name on the Palms list to become a volunteer. It has been the happiest time of my life and a very rewarding challenge.

Social Capital: Andrew, Jane and Eddie

Andrew has been a wonderful on-call volunteer tradesperson at the café. Eddie is another who, with a call out of the blue, will come to Palms’ assistance almost immediately.

How much is enough to (give) live?

Just 35% of taxpayers gave tax-deductible donations in that year, averaging a contribution of just 0.43% of their annual income.

Tanzania Field Trip

It is really heartening to know all the great work that is being done by inspired people with the most wonderful motives and with few resources.

Jubilee: a time to blow Palms’ horn, a time to reflect

According to regulations in the Torah once 49 years had been counted the Jubilee was to be sounded by a blast on an instrument made from a ram’s horn.


To evangelise is to make the Kingdom of God present in our world … to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor. - Pope Francis (Joy of the Gospel 176, 188)