Subject: Lottery determines which ET home to receive lighting from aid

The Inverell Times

Lottery determines which East Timor homes will receive lighting from Inverell aid project

Tuesday, 16 March 2004

THE people of Emera Province, East Timor have conducted a lottery to decide who will receive solar-powered lighting as part of an Inverell Rotary Club international aid mission.

The lighting has already landed on the Dili docks with the Rotary team due in the capital in a little more than a week.

It will be the club's second visit to the province under the guidance of Catholic aid organisation Comunidade Edmund Rice.

The Inverell Rotary sponsored team to be led by Greg Moran will include Bob Neich, Bob Lea and Ned Makim from Inverell, Wayne Reading formerly of Warialda and now of Brisbane and Chris and Nathan Moran of Townsville.

The team will leave Inverell for Darwin on Thursday week before jumping off to Dili and making the journey up into the mountainous Emera area.

Emera includes the villages of Samalette, Delesu and Railako, the sites of the Rotary club's work on medical centres, schools and community centres during the team's first visit in June 2002.

Team leader Greg Moran said a great deal had been learnt from the first visit.

He said all the lighting equipment had been secured on the docks by CER and placed under lock and key so the team could be productive from the time it arrives.

The plan is to acclimatise in Dili for a brief period before heading for camp in Samalette, a trip that takes more than two hours up very rough mountain tracks.

Once in camp the team will be broken into work crews facing walks of up to an hour to get to the homes to be fitted with solar lights, cables and batteries.

The lights were sought by village representatives to assist children in studying after school.

There is no mains power infrastructure in the area, a result of the Indonesian pull-out of East Timor in 1999.

The team will install 150 lights; that's about one for every four homes spread around the villages.

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