Great news! Friends of Baguia (supported by Hawthorn Rotary) is hosting a special one-time screening of the film Time To Draw the Line, Tuesday May 2nd, 7pm at Palace Cinemas Como. This film is about the campaign for a fair go for East Timor and that nation's desire to sttle its long running boundary dispute with Australia.
Friends of Baguia president Derarca O'Mahony will be introducing the film, which includes footage of our projects. It is a great film to update yourself on this issue.
To reserve your tickets, please visit the Demand Film Event Page
By Leopoldina Guterres, teacher in Baguia, East Timor
A few weeks ago I was in Dili hospital supporting the care of my sister’s daughter, Benvinda who was in intensive care after a motor-cycle accident.
I went directly from the hospital to the Dili bus which left at 1.30am for Baucau. A street-vendor came on the bus so I bought 3 apples and we arrived in Baucau before 6am in time to catch the morning truck to Baguia.
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By Derarca O’Mahoney, Friends of Baguia
The Rotary Club of Hawthorn generously organised a 40ft Container to be shipped to Baguia. In September, at the Rotary DIK (Donations In Kind) Footscray warehouse Rotarians and Friends of Baguia members packed 240 school desks, 820 chairs, 122 rolls of material, 10 blackboards, 2 sewing machines, 154 boxes of donated goods – clothes, bedding, toys, school and kindergarten supplies.
Musical instruments and 2 sound systems were also donated by members of the Glen Waverly Uniting Church.
By Derarca O’Mahony, President, Friends of Baguia
Leopoldina Gutterres has expressed deep concern for the health of women and babies in the more remote rural villages of the Baguia Sub-District. Leo herself is the Principal of the Junior High School in Baguia town, as well as the Director of 9 Primary schools most of which are located high up in the remote mountain villages on Mt Matebian. Leo says that often these village women – who generally give birth at home – do not want to walk up to 3 or 4 hours to a health clinic with a new born baby. This is especially so in the wet season, which in Baguia can last for more than half the year. So they stay at home with their baby. These village women are often living in extremely basic huts and may not even have a bowl in which to wash their baby and cannot afford basic things like baby soap. They may have washing detergent powder and will use this to wash themselves, but the baby will not be washed. This lack of hygiene is a significant factor in illness and potentially death in young babies.