14 July 2019

Bondia from Abafala! We have had a exciting couple of days. Yesterday we started by visiting a Marist supported centre for youth with disabilities which opened our students eyes to the endless opportunities for fundraising. We continued our busy day by attending a graduation ceremony for students attending a technology computer school in New Baccau which Notre Dame have been providing laptops to for years now. This morning started with a traditional Timorese mass at 7:30 before boarding a microlet to Abafala. Here we were welcomed with traditional dances and the presentation of tais. Everyone is now resting up after a jam packed afternoon running around with the children at the local school. Tomorrow we have the grand opening of a new school building which is possible in part due to NDC fundraising. We are both excited and sad that this time next week we will be on our way home.

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Wood carving facility at the Marish Disability centre

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Our students celebrating with the school graduates

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Beautiful Timorese dancers welcoming us to Abafala

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A grand welcome from the Abafala community

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