The Forum in September will discuss old and new methods and markets. We commissioned some new products including scarves and belts which were produced by the women's weaving group in Suai Loro village in great colours which we think will appeal to the local market in Australia.
Excerpt from letter from Lau Haumutuk in June 2009
This year will mark the 10th anniversary (30 August 2009) of the independence referendum of Timor-Leste. It was and will be a great moment for all who were involved in the Timorese cause for many years, to commemorate it with a great joy along with our fellow Timorese in Timor-Leste and elsewhere.
To celebrate the anniversary, we are organizing a number of activities, mainly in Dili, during August and early September 2009. We hope to recreate and strengthen the strong sense of solidarity among activists from around the world, including Timorese and people from other countries. Some of us live in Timor-Leste or visit regularly; others may not have been here for a decade, or perhaps never.
We will reflect on and strengthen the victories and friendships during the long struggle against Indonesian occupation that gave people here and around the world so much hope a decade ago. Learning from the past and building on our experiences, we also will explore how we can work with Timor-Leste's people to address the challenges facing this ten-year-old nation, trying to overcome a legacy of trauma, repression, colonialism, poverty, impunity and underdevelopment in an increasingly interdependent world.
We invite you to join these events not as a guest or visitor, but, in the spirit of solidarity, as hosts and organizers, sharing ideas, responsibilities and collective work not only in August but in the years to come.
We hope that you will share your joy with us in Timor-Leste this August. Although we are not able to provide financial support for travel to Timor-Leste, we will try to make your stay here as comfortable, interesting and Timorese as possible.
Please send your feedback, ideas and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing that you are coming, and will keep you informed as developments progress. Check our website www.laohamutuk.org/solidarity/index.htm for the latest information.
A luta continua!
Charlie Scheiner, Abe Barreto Soares and Sisto dos Santos On behalf of the organizing committee, including dozens of activists from Timor-Leste and around the world.
Greetings to all of you gathered today at the Suai Public Secondary School and to all teachers and learners in Suai.On this very special day in the life of your community, the opening of the new library we send you good wishes and warm regards from Friends of Suai - a small group linked with the Port Phillip Council in Melbourne, Australia. The funds necessary for refurbishing the library were raised by Friends of Suai and substantial contributions were made by the Rotary Club of Balwyn Victoria, and Tanya Esden who worked on the community water project in Suai as well the residents of Port Phillip. Today is just a beginning and our hope is that gradually this new library room will be stocked with a wide variety of books, DVDs and CD's in ALL the main working languages of Timor Leste. Perhaps one day, the wider community of Suai, old and young will be able to share in this wealth. BILL ARMSTRONG (Chairman) FOR THE FRIENDS OF SUAI COMMITTEE
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