Thanks to Poland’s development assistance, students at an orphans’ school in Timor-Leste will now have access to modern computer equipment. It is the first project that has been put in place in the country as part of the Small Grants System which is funded under the Polish aid scheme.
The Polish Embassy in Jakarta allocated 10,000 dollars to equipping a computer lab at the vocational school in the town of Venilale. The project will make the education process more effective. The school offers courses for future hotel and catering staff, and the majority of its students are charges of the local orphanage, which is run by the Salesian Sisters. With a population of a little over a dozen thousand people, Venilale is situated far from the capital city, in the district of Baucau.
The school in Venilale has also received assistance from Sakib Awan, Poland’s Honorary Consul in Dili and an entrepreneur, who donated 10,000 euro that will go towards buying a car for the school.
The inauguration of the computer lab was attended by Consul Maciej Duszyński from the Polish Embassy in Jakarta, as well as Timor-Leste’s Deputy Minister of Education Bendito Freitas. One of the Salesian Sisters running the school is Joanna Goik, a Polish-born nun who has been helping people affected by poverty in Timor-Leste for 24 years now.