Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

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.

Tanzania Field Trip

Kathy, Wilson and Ian

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.

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.

Social Capital: Andrew, Jane and Eddie

Andrew, with sons Jack and Joe

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.

Letters from Kiribati

Ntara, Sr Teretia, Marlene and Moreata

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.

Kiribati: Field Trip Report

Theresa Murphy joins an I-Kiribati dance

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).

Letter from Maliana, Timor-Leste

Ida with her students

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.

Letter from Ermera, Timor-Leste

Students play cat and mouse

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.

Partner’s Perspective: A Report from KIFAD in Uganda

Lorrain (second from left) and Bob (far right) at KIFAD's graduation

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.

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.


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. - Marianne Williamson