Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

A Grassroots Approach to Development

Palms staff Barry Hinton (left) and Christine (centre-right) with volunteer John Chang (centre-left), Fr Angelo (third from left), Sr Angelita (third from right) and other staff from Dili Diocese.

Palms Australia continues to receive requests for volunteers from grass roots communities and organisations to assist build capacities across the health, education and agricultural sectors.

Social Capital: Kathy, Peter and Angela

Deon Goosen, Kathy Brick and Peter Fletcher at the 1993 Orientation Course

For the last ten years, Kathy Brick has served as Palms’ State Representative in Melbourne. With all they do for Palms it’s only fair to consider the De Haas family Palms’ “force from the North”.

MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality; MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health

Agusto, one of the chidren benefitting from Atabae's program

“We all know ‘Breast is Best’. But each case is individual and should be treated as needs require at the time. I believe, the photo shows the reality of our undernourished mothers and the environment they have to survive in.”

Carlita’s Story

Carlita (centre front), the Halls and President Ramos Horta

Carlita is one of the main health workers at Atabae, working with Palms volunteer Margaret Hall. She had just one month of English training before writing this short story of her life.

Letter from the field (5 months)

Ben and Sally in Maliana

Now that we are getting our bearings a bit more and the end of the building project is in sight, we would like to start looking at what activities we should be focusing on over the next eighteen months.

Timor-Leste Photo Essay

Daniel, Fr Adriano, Christine and Benjamin

A photo essay through Timor-Leste.

Letters from Timor-Leste

Donna Furler

Donna Furler is volunteering as a Dental Associate for Bairo Pite Clinic, which serves Dili and surrounding regions, Timor-Leste.

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.


A partnership is not about money changing hands. A true partnership is about ideas changing minds. - Jan Vandemoortele