An example of how ordinary Australians have supported the Timorese people.

Hopefully the idea of solar panels can be expanded, when in Timor-Leste often wondered why the sun was not harnessed to generate electricity. Lake Ira Lalara , which was going to be used to generate electricity is now almost dry, the rainy season has failed for 4 years. In any case local people rely on fresh water fish for protein, using the lake to generate electricity would disrupt this supply further, the area around the lake is designated to be a national park, so it makes much more sense to harness the suns rays.

Tyneside East Timor Solidarity

Subject: Solar Panels to local villages

Progress Leader (Australia)

September 11, 2007 Tuesday

PPV Edition

Rolling campaign to aid;

Timorese gathers Moss

CHRIS Moss has spent three weeks of his holidays over the past three
years in East Timor installing solar panels to bring power to local villages.

And Mr Moss, 60, of Ashburton, is travelling to East Timor for the
fourth time in October with the Alternative Technology Association
(ATA) to continue his volunteer work.

But Mr Moss said the association’s work made such a difference to the
locals’ lives that giving up his holidays was a small price to pay.

”The East Timorese people live in very basic conditions and since
the Indonesians left in 1999 (when East Timor voted to reclaim its
independence at a referendum) the power many villages has is very
limited,” he said.

”Some villages will go for months on end without power when they run
out of fuel, which means they have no power for their medical
clinics, schools and kindergartens.

”But by installing solar panels we can give them a sustainable power
source that will mean their medical clinics have light if they’re
delivering a baby at night, while they will also be used to power
laptop computers that are used to translate letters into Braille.”

Mr Moss said APA was also training the East Timorese to install solar
panels and hoped a team of locals would be able to carry on the
association’s work in the future.

APA’s trip is being funded by the STA Travel Trust and Friends of Same.


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