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Scholarships help Balibó teachers build their skills

Balibó Five Kindergarten teachers Maria Lake and Odete da Silva have been given the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Dili chapter of the Hash House Harriers. Maria and Odete travelled to Dili for the five-day workshop, run as part of the Sister Aurora education program.  The program builds the teacher skills,a s […]

Hospitality and catering skills? Advantage: Balibó!

Balibó House Trust is delighted to welcome Advantage Commercial Kitchens as a major supporter of the Balibó fort project. Plans for the Balibó fort restoration include a café for local people and visitors to Balibó. Advantage will donate the equipment and expertise needed to install a high-quality commercial kitchen to make the café a success. Aside […]

Mourning the passing of Guido dos Santos

Balibó House Trust mourns the passing of Guido dos Santos, a witness to the murders of Gary Cunningham, Brian Peters, Malcolm Rennie, Greg Shackleton and Tony Stewart on October 16th, 1975.  The following tribute was written by Mr Peter Sibly, an Australian International Volunteer posted at Bobonaro District Administration, Maliana, Timor Leste. Guido dos Santos passed away on […]

Work under way on Balibó fort restoration

Work has commenced on the restoration of the historic Balibó fort. Balibó House Trust, in partnership with the local community, will restore and develop the Balibó fort. The project will create a museum and visitors’ centre celebrating the history, language, art and culture of Balibó and Bobonaro. In doing so, the project will create education […]

Community action gives historic fort grounds a new lease on life

The Balibo town square and the grounds of the historic Balibo fort have received a make-over thanks to the efforts of local residents. 24 residents of the sukus (villages) of Leolima, Leohitu and Balibo Vila participated in a week-long clean-up project, removing overgrown vegetation and weeds as well as collecting and disposing rubbish which had accumulated on the site […]

Rotary provides computers for community development

Rotary Club of Port Melbourne has agreed to help drive economic activity and governance in Balibó through the donation of seven computers. After consultation with the community, Balibó House Trust will deliver five of the computers to Balibó to be used in the Community Learning Centre.   These computers will help the management team record and track finances,  meet reporting […]

Consultation and collaboration the key to success in Balibó

Balibó House Trust, members of the Balibó community and government representatives of Bobonaro District came together in Balibó today to discuss future plans for the Community Learning Centre and the town’s historic fort. Represented by Executive Officer Rich Gilmore, the Trust shared its vision for the preservation and restoration of the Balibó fort, including the […]

Rural women building life skills

Local partner Belun and the Balibo Community Learning Centre (CLC) – in cooperation with other Timorese NGOs – are working to develop the capacity of local cooperative groups at the village level. The three-day Life Skills Training Program focused on 28 people at a workshop in Dili from 13 – 15 December, 2012.   Six […]

Balibó joins the world wide web

A reliable internet connection has finally been established in Balibó. The Balibó Community Learning Centre (CLC), in cooperation with Timor Telecom, signed the internet agreement and switched on the connection at a ceremony in Balibó today. Timor Telecom has long been committed to providing connectivity to the CLC facility to meet community needs for communications, […]

Tour de Timor comes to town

Balibó House Trust Executive Officer Rich Gilmore was one of 300 Tour de Timor competitors who visited Balibó today, on the 5th stage of the iconic race. Stage 5 was a gruelling test from the port of Motaáin, through Batugade, Balibó and Maliana to the mountain town of Gleno, in Ermera District.   With a food […]