Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Continuing a Longitudinal relationship with Ahisaun (new placements)

Beyond the volunteer, Palms as an organisation believes very strongly in maintaining strong and healthy relationships with our partners, those communities and organisations who host Palms volunteers. Just one of these many “organisational” relationships has been the one with the Ahisaun Disabilities Foundation, in Dili, East Timor.

Partner’s Perspective: a letter from Ahisaun

We met many people from Palms’ organisation who supported us, including Mr Michael and Mrs Cheree, who returned to Australia following security concerns in 2006. Following this we received two new volunteers, Mr Daniel and his wife Mrs Beth.

New placements for 2007

Listed below are five of the confirmed placements for the coming year. We are seeking CommUnity Partners for these and several others which are currently being finalised.

Cheree and Michael’s letter from Ahisaun

The Manuleu crops have produced many vegetables for the community. Corn and pumpkin have been harvested providing a good source of food for the live-in members.


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