Our Volunteers: Anne Rauch volunteering in Timor-Leste

Organisaun Haburas Moris

Palms staff and volunteers in Maliana Hospital
Haburas Moris is a Timorese non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to improve the lives of people in Bobonaro District in Timor-Leste.  Their comprehensive programs include priority areas of agricultural development and food security; women’s development and health; and environmental sustainability.

Haburas Moris employs 22 Timorese staff and has previously hosted Australian volunteers from two other organisations. They have indicated that having had volunteer advisors previously, they are now “looking for a person who can integrate into our organization and help build capacity from within rather than act as an advisor only”.

The managing director of Haburas Moris placed a request with Palms Australia for an Organisational Development Support Officer to work with local staff to enhance their project management skills and improve the effectiveness of their programs.

Anne Rauch

Palms Australia recruited Anne Rauch to volunteer for Haburas Moris for two years.

Anne is a highly experienced program director specialising in the not-for-profit and government sectors.  She has sound skills across community development processes, including consultation; program design, implementation and evaluation; accreditation processes and project management.

Anne’s experience ranges across sectors such as health, human rights, workplace training and reporting and other communication. In letters of recommendation she has been described as intelligent, committed, hard-working, flexible and capable of getting along with people from diverse backgrounds.

Palms Australia need your support to ensure we can provide Anne to the people of Haburas Moris for two years. Please use the donation link on the right hand side of this web-page to contribute.

New Positions

March 4, 2011

Angelino, David and Heath at Ahisaun Foundation
Of our 13 participants in January’s Orientation Course, 8 have confirmed placements which will begin in the coming months, with several others awaiting final placement details.

Miriam Buchhorn and Damian Rake will be working as Water & Environmental Conservation Coordinator and Nurse respectively, for the Hatubuilico Community, Timor-Leste.  They and local staff will exchange the skills needed to ensure the work is effective and locally sustainable.

Anne Rauch is working as an Organisational Development Support Officer for Haburas Moris. Anne will assist this East Timorese NGO with its programs in agricultural development and food security,  women’s development and health and environmental sustainability.

Kernah Foster will teach Mathematics and Science to Form 6 and 7 students at Sacred Heart High School in Tarawa, Kiribati.  Kernah will be an important member of a staff with many young teachers.

Roger Bowen is working as an ambulance officer and paramedic for Maliana Hospital in the highlands of East Timor. Several local staff will work with Roger to exchange and enhance each other’s skills.

Anne Chapman is an experienced teacher working as a Community Education Officer for Atabae Parish.  Anne’s role is the latest in a long partnership between Palms, Atabae and Friends and Partners with East Timor (FPET).

Kathy Brick is working as a Primary Teacher at Edmund Rice Sinon School in Arusha, Tanzania. Kathy will be involved in the Special Transition/English Program and will seek opportunities to mentor less experienced teachers.

Heath Thompson (pictured with Angelino Benevides and David Marcel at Ahisaun Foundation) and is volunteering as Organisational Development Officer with Fundacao Lafaek Diak, an East Timorese NGO with programs in community-based health care, small business development, education and training and agricultural development.

We hope to shortly announce more positions filled in Uganda, Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.

Eight more volunteer profiles online

January 17, 2011

Eight new volunteer placements have been placed on Palms’ website, including six for Timor-Leste, one for Tanzania and one for Kiribati.

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Palms launches Jubilee Year at 91st Orientation Course

Palms Australia launched its Golden Jubilee Year, celebrating 50 years of volunteers at its recent Orientation Course in Mittagong, NSW.

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Population: 1,292,755

Area: 15,007 sq. km.

Median Age: 21.5

Literacy: 58.6 %

Languages: Tetum, Portuguese, Indonesian, about 16 indigenous languages

A brief history of independence. mid 1500s – Timor colonised by Portugal 1859 – Portugal cedes West Timor to the Dutch 1942-1945 – Japan occupies East Timor 28 November 1975 – East Timor declared independent from Portugal 7 December 1975 – invaded and occupied by Indonesia. It is estimated that 100,000 to 250,000 were killed […]

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I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. - Stephen Krebbet