one world – islands of hope

 

A tour through East Timor, with many a smiling face, while the Orient Five play a song based on a poem by one of the nation's favourite poets, Borja da Costa.

Jock Cheetham’s mini-documentary series on East Timor

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

DOMINGOS GOES TO LEKIDOE

BLOOD TESTING – AN AID PROJECT

Domingos, father of 10, returns home from Dili to Lekidoe, where his family await him.


He is much recovered from the 35 kilogram walking skeleton with tuberculosis that the sisters of Mary Mackillop met and gave a job some months before.

LAND OF BEAUTY

A tour through some of the beautiful scenes in East Timor, with music by the local Orient Five.

An Australian private aid project has lifted the main pathology lab in Dili to international standard - with great results for the patients.


St John of Pathology in Australia, which is run by Catholic nuns, funds and runs the project. 

At the Arte Moris art school in Dili the students can visualise their feelings, which often relate to the trauma they have experienced in East Timor's violent recent history.


The school is based on an anarchistic model, says one of its founders.

ART SCHOOL FOR THE YOUNG

SISTER TESS WARD’S FOOD DROP

Sister Tess Ward takes her regular tour of Dili and surrounds in East Timor to deliver assistance to the elderly and sick, who have no access to social welfare other than charity.


Tess has lived in Dili for many years. The huge contribution Tess and her colleagues at Mary Mackillop East Timor, in Sydney, have made to East Timorese education includes creating children’s books in Tetum, the lingua franca.

Sister Tess Ward and her colleagues are building a home for disabled boys just outside Dili. Tess visits the site to see how work is progressing.

SISTER TESS AND THE BOYS HOME

Staff at Australia’s Fairfax Media have raised $30,000 for an East Timorese newspaper and set a new target of $100,000 for the next year.


Since early last year, the staff at Fairfax Media – the publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and a host of other newspapers and websites – have been donating through their pay to Tempo Semanal.


A five-minute video about Diario Tempo, the paper from which Tempo Semanal grew, can be seen at http://media.fairfax.com.au/?rid=17926, after a short advertisement.


Full details of the East Timor Media Project can be found by clicking here.

Jock Cheetham is an Australian journalist.

FIGHTING FOR A STRONG, FREE MEDIA