Raise the roof

May 30, 2018

KYABRAM is full of kind-hearted people doing things to help make the world a better place — Liza Curtis is another example of that.

Mrs Curtis is on a mission to help the people of Aileu, in East Timor, restore the roof of their community centre.

“The community centre is called ‘Uma Dame’, which translates to ‘Peace House’,” Mrs Curtis said.

The peace house is used for lots of community activities including training, education and a general gathering place for locals.

Due to a leak in the thatched roof, it has deteriorated over time and is now considered dangerous.

Mrs Curtis believes the peace house is too important for the community to lose.

“The condition of the Peace House has deteriorated badly to the point that it cannot be used to carry out all of their normal programs.

“I believe that training and education is the path forward for East Timor and why this fundraiser is vitally important to the Aileu community.”

Mrs Curtis has been travelling to East Timor for four years, working with locals and demonstrating sewing classes to help build their skills.

When she noticed the damaged roof, she felt she could do something to help.

“For Uma Dame to be used to its full potential the roof is in desperate need of replacement,” she said.

So she started the fundraiser.

Currently $1675 has been raised to help the project, and every bit counts.

“People are donating to the future of some of these people in East Timor, it’s a great cause,” Mrs Curtis said.

Works are planned to begin in September and Mrs Curtis said she will attempt to raise funds up until then.

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