ConocoPhillips funded the construction of a Community Education Centre for the Franciscan Sisters at Maubisse in 2009. This project was conceived through discussions with the Presidential Anti-Poverty Taskforce. Aligned with our business goals to reduce poverty andto support education and youth in Timor-Leste, ConocoPhillips proactively sought ways to support the ideals of this initiative. More than 60 children are now attending school in this education centre. We continue to support the school through funding for maintenance and other ongoing needs.
Our support for the Dili Institute of Technology includes student field trips, and donations of books and equipment.
Our commitment has included the renovation of the 430-pupil Bidau Primary School, incorporating the refurbishment of three classrooms and toilet blocks, construction of recreational facilities, upgrading of fences and drainage, and the provision of computers. Our work with the Bidau school is ongoing.
We support the Canossian Sisters in Balide by providing computers and books.
ConocoPhillips has supported Kalamunda Schoolies Week, an initiative in which partners Kalamunda Rotary, Catalpa International and Timor-Leste Vision Inc provide Western Australian school leavers with opportunities to work on Timor-Leste community projects in a voluntary capacity. This unique program provides important cross-cultural exchanges.
ConocoPhillips supported the Alola Foundation to adapt the first Tetum edition of Australian author Mem Fox’s award winning title, “Whoever You Are”, which reflects messages about peace and equality.
Our support for the Alola Foundation is wide-ranging, including the Foundation’s Maternal and Child Health program.
ConocoPhillips and Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) are working together to save the lives of Timorese children. Since 2007 ConocoPhillips has provided free travel from Dili to Darwin, and return, for Timorese children and their carers, helping around 60 babies, toddlers and teenagers access specialist doctors and medical facilities in Australia.
We have supported Tour de Timor since the inaugural event in 2009. Each year we provide bikes and equipment for Timorese District and National riders to train and participate in the event.
Through our direct support for many orphanages, including Suai, Bidau and the Canossian Sisters in Balide, as well as through employee donations and Christmas appeals, ConocoPhillips is giving a brighter future to children and displaced people. In practical terms, this has involved the drilling of a water well, purchase of generators, computers and other much needed supplies.
Development of a healthy, active community is encouraged through sponsorship of the First Lady Fun Run - a 10km run to raise money for the Alola Foundation and Rotary - and the Timor Sea Cup, an under-18 soccer competition between Darwin, Dili and Kupang.
Our support of World Vision resulted in the construction of hydraulic water pumps in two rural communities outside Dili. The pumps help more than 1600 people in the hilltop villages of Ferik-Katuas and Laulara by taking water from the valleys to their villages, thereby improving hygiene and nutrition by giving villagers better access to food through enhanced agriculture.
Community and Arts
In Timor-Leste, cultural programs and the arts stimulate creative thought and contribute to developing a rich tapestry of community life.
We have supported a range of festivals, music and art programs to celebrate diversity, culture and creativity. We have hosted Australian National Academy of Music programs and workshops in Timor-Leste and funded the construction of the Beto Community Centre in Dili.
At the 2011 Darwin Festival, 100 choristers from Timor-Leste, Australia and Tiwi Islands were brought together to perform in a memorable display of unity.
An exhibition of Timorese artwork ‘Husi Bei Ala Timor Sira Liman’ (From the Hands of Our Ancestors) in Darwin promoted the National Collection of Timor-Leste and supports the preservation of cultural heritage and artefacts as well as encouraging artistic production and stimulating livelihoods.