Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Potential assistance from the Australian government

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) administers a program of small grants known as the Direct Aid Program (DAP) that offers grants, typically between $3000 and $10,000 to individuals, community groups and NGOs engaged in development activities, in designated countries, on a not-for-profit basis.

I have heard, informally, from people within the Australian embassy that Istoria Timor is exactly the sort of thing that they look for to fund. As I have said before, my preference is that we can find an organisation with a local office to take over the project from now. While I will not apply for the DAP grant myself, I am certainly happy to help, say, a local NGO apply for funds to take this project to completion.

If anyone is interested, the project is ready to go and there's money out there for it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


We are ready to present the prizes today (well, as of last week actually), but we chose to schedule the event in August to give me a little time to do some more fundraising.

We hope that we can secure in-principle funding of approximately US$10,000 before the event is to be held. We have some interest from some local organisations and some leads so we'll see how we go.

If you would like to know more about the project and the funding needs for the printing, etc. please see our concept note.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

We have a winner

Today the judges met and after lengthy and, at times, heated discussions, Istoria Timor is very, very proud to announce that a winner has been selected.

But, we're not quite ready to announce who that is yet. We will hold an event to announce the winners and hand over the prizes in the near future. Right now this event is tentatively targeted for the afternoon of Saturday August 1, 2009.

In the spirit of volunteerism that is vital to our project (no one, except for the writers, has drawn or will draw a salary from this project up until the editing process begins) we are hoping to find a free venue that has room for whoever wants to turn up. Any tips on locations or offers of help would be very welcome.

In the meantime, I will be working on a funding proposal to try to find someone to print this for us. The short version is that we're looking for an organisation to take over the project from here and print a few of the stories. The indicative budget including editing, printing and royalty payments for 5000 books should be somewhere in the neighbourhood of US$10,000.

The final judging panel consisted of the following people:
  • Sr. Abe Barreto Soares

  • Sra. Alexandra de Araujo Tilman

  • Sr. Livio da Costa

  • Sra. Jenny Maria Fatima da Costa Sarmento

  • Sra. Jonia do Rosario Leite Soares

  • Sr. Naldo Rei