Ainaro Lia Foun

Spring 2011

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TdT 2010: Where Did All the Money Go?

Tour de Timor 2011: Twelve!

TdT 2010: Where Did All the Money Go?

Last year the Tour de Timor bike ride raised $1500 for solidarity programs in Ainaro. The following is an overview of how the community is using those funds.

$500: Red Cross Agriculture

The Ainaro office of the Red Cross has begun a program of improved agriculture, including distribution of seeds and organic fertilizer. The program also features an education component, to help farmers get the most out of scarce resources. The Red Cross team in Ainaro works in and with the community, with a hands-on approach that gets people involved.

$300: Transport for Eye Surgery

An NGO called Fo Naroman Timor Leste is providing eye surgery for people in Ainaro district, at a hospital in the nearby village of Maubisse. Our grant will help patients travel to the clinic and return home. The program will serve people in the towns of Ainaro, Hatu Udo, and Hatu Builico.

$300: Traditional Dance & Music Program

We have provided a grant to the Ainaro NGO Haburas Timor, which is educating young people about traditional music and dancing. They will eventually teach students how to play (and even make) instruments like the babadook, drums, and gongs.

$200: Vulnerable Persons Unit Support

The Ainaro Police will use these funds with a special unit focused on violence in the home. Outreach is planned to inform the community about new laws against domestic violence. More information about the VPU is available here.

$200: Cemetery Renovation

The 1999 Massacre Cemetery and Monument in Mau Nuno had fallen into disrepair. Our funds helped repaint the memorial and provide supplies for the site. More information and photos are available here.

Tour de Timor 2011: Twelve!

Sunday 22 May 2011 @ 1:00 PM
Starting at the WORT-FM Block Party (118 S. Bedford Street)

Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Tour de Timor sister-city bike ride fundraiser. As usual, we'll start at 1:00 pm and go around Lake Monona, a 13-mile trip. The ride begins at the always-fun WORT Block Party, on Bedford Street near Doty in Madison.

Your $25 ride registration gets you an organic, union-made Tour de Timor T-shirt. We also encourage you to collect pledges -- download pledge sheets here. The highest pledge-raisers will receive prizes from Tour de Timor co-sponsors, including Family Farm Defenders, Machinery Row Bicycles, Yellow Jersey, Rainbow Bookstore, Planet Zebulon, Just Coffee and The Progressive magazine. We'll also have delicious snacks courtesy of People's Bakery.

For more information, email or call Eric at 608-241-2473.