New School for Faluwai Village

Some private donors from the Rotary Club of Port Melbourne decided they wanted to celebrate the recent 20th anniversary of East Timor’s independence referendum in a significant way. So they promised Xanana Gusmao (former Prime Minister and President of Timor) that they would build a new school. True to their word, the school is underway at Faluwai – a village a 30 minute hard drive outside Balibo. The current dark, depressing and dangerous school is being replaced by a 3 classroom building, teacher’s room and toilets.