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The New Arulmalar Primary School at Reaching the Unreached
18/02/2016

Despite droughts and heavy rains in Southern India the new Arulmalar Primary School building at Reaching the Unreached (RTU) was officially opened in December. 

Well done to RTU, and a massive thank you to all those who made it possible, from those who donated to the 2014 tax appeal to mission support foundation Misean Cara.

If you haven’t heard of RTU, it truly is inspiring; it provides holistic and nurturing development programs for extremely marginalised, orphaned and destitute children in Tamil Nadu, India. 

 

Year 11 Student's Recent Coolies Experience in PNG
20/10/2015

In September 14 Year 11 boys full of anticipation and excitement set off to Papua New Guinea in what was to be a life changing experience. 

No one had been to New Guinea before and we weren’t too sure what to expect. When we arrived we saw a country full of life, colour and excitement. As we drove through the congested roads of Port Moresby to make our way to De La Salle in Bomana we were met with endless amounts of waves and people wanting to shake our hands to welcome us to their country. 
A few days in to the trip we met our work sites. They were an old classroom that needed to be converted into a Year 12 common room, science labs that needed an endless amount of cupboards cut and fitted and a room that needed three doors installed. We also met the young local boys who provided the group with so much joy, laughter and mateship throughout the trip. As you begin to understand, being in PNG things don’t just happen like that, so we didn’t have any materials at hand and needed to make a trip to the local hardware. A PNG hardware isn’t your ordinary Bunnings or Masters; things were a little bit disorganised and chaotic, with lengthy waiting times! 

As tools and materials were gained work flowed and friendships flourished. Boys who were mere acquaintances became close mates and worked together as a team. We saw the best in each other and got the work done in traditional De La Salle style. 

A highlight of this trip was going to Ower’s Corner, the start of the Kokoda trail - one of Australia’s most historical war sites. Being there and walking down the steep decline with tough terrain made us appreciate what the young Australians faced all those years ago and the strong relationships we have as Australians with the Papua New Guinean people. A visit to the Bomana War Cemetery compounded this even more with the hundreds of gravestones and the story each one told. 

Papua New Guinea is a trip that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. To see the smiles on the local’s faces and how happy they are for what they have is truly a massive eye opener. To see just how much of an impact you can make to someone’s life as a Lasallian is very humbling; one of the young locals said to me “I love when you guys come, you change our lives” - a heart wrenching moment.

This trip wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of all De La Salle students to fundraising and the dedication of the 13 other Year 11 boys who were lucky enough to be selected to go. 

This trip was an experience I’ll never forget.

By Timothy Fierenzi, De La Salle College Malvern, Year 11

 

Year 7 Student Damon Shares His Volunteering Experience
2/09/2015


Last Wednesday morning our normal religion class was a bit different as half of our 7 Solomon class went on a journey close by to school. We walked over to the Lasallian Foundation, where volunteers were preparing to send a mountain of donated clothes overseas to the people of Papua New Guinea. We started by splitting into groups, some of us folded clothes while others sorted out specific clothes and removed tags. Finally some of us placed the many clothes into bags and placed them in fully packed boxes ready to ship overseas. We all really enjoyed helping out as we know this is for a good cause and other people in other countries have it hard.

Hopefully these clothes will help many people and will our brothers and sisters in Papua New Guinea that they have the support of the Lasallian Foundation and De La Salle College Malvern. 

By Damon Maurice - Class Captain, Year 7, De La Salle College Malvern
From Mr Church's Homeroom

 

We Did It! We Completed Run Melbourne!
7/08/2015

We did it! The Lasallian Foundation took part in Run Melbourne on Sunday 26 July, and it was an amazing experience being part of such a huge fun run alongside so many people raising funds for charity.

It is super easy to set up a team and raise funds through everydayhero.com.au and share details with your friends and family. A total of $1,300 was raised for Diyagala Boys Town in Sri Lanka with only a handful of people! 

If you have ever considered taking part we would definitely recommend it! There are loads of events around the country to get involved in.

Find out where here: www.everydayhero.com/lasallian-foundation or contact fundraising@lasallianfoundation.org for help.

NSW Lasallians

WA Lasallians 

SA Lasallians 

Victorian Lasallians 

 

Red Earth Blue Boots - La Salle Student takes on the Outback
3/06/2015

Michael, a determined and courageous student from La Salle College in WA, has decided to take on the massive challenge of walking 900 km (or 30 days and 26 bush camps) with his father on part of an unassisted 2,200km journey through the Australian Outback - all in the name of charity. 

Michael has told us he has decided to use this opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the Lasallian Foundation because he has witnessed firsthand all the wonderful things the foundation has done over the last 6 years at High School.

Show some support and keep up with Michael’s progress here! 

 

Congratulations to our Supporter Survey Winner!
15/05/2015

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Lasallian Foundation’s first ever Supporter Survey. We truly appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. The information obtained from this survey was extremely beneficial and will assist us in becoming more efficient and ensure funds are being directed as effectively as possible.

And congratulations to John Foy of WA who was our lucky winner of the $100 voucher from Myer. We hope you can put this to good use!

 

Number 1 and 2 Complete! Only 18 to go!
23/02/2015

The first and second teacher houses have just been completed and two teachers have moved into their new homes with their families for the beginning of the 2015 school year. The Lasallian Teachers Village project’s goal is to build 20 homes for teachers from Lasalle Hohola Youth Development Centre and Jubilee Catholic Secondary School over the next 10 years.  

The need for housing is essential to attract and retain good teaching staff to Lasallian schools; improve teacher attendance and participation (as work travel time will be significantly reduced); and ensure   our schools will continue to deliver quality education to poor and marginalised children in Port Moresby, PNG. 

Teachers’ salaries are generally very low, and land and housing in the captial is very expensive so many teachers and their families can only afford to live in one of the large settlement areas, or shanty towns. It is also common for several families, relatives or people from the same tribe/village (known as wantok) to live together with sometimes ten or more adults and children living in a simple one room hut. There is no running water or electricity within the settlements.

The construction of the “Lasallian Teachers Village” began in 2012 and will create 2 and 3 bedroom kit houses to provide safe, secure and comfortable accommodation for teachers and their families. The whole site has been connected to proper plumbing and sewerage infrastructure.

Seni and Grace are ecstatic about their new homes and told us they can’t thank the people  who helped build their new home enough. This included a local building company, skilled volunteers from Australia,  and also LHYDC technology staff.

Read more on this project here

 

Christmas Celebrations at Reaching the Unreached, India (RTU)
15/01/2015

December was a busy month for Reaching the Unreached. RTU held their annual children’s camp over five days during the Christmas period, which meant the Christmas Eve vigil was held amidst an ocean of children from RTU and another neighbouring organisation. This year an astounding 1,300 children took part in the camp. See all those beautiful smiling faces below.

RTU India smiling children

 On Christmas morning everyone woke to special celebrations which were especially enjoyed by the children. Then everyone was part of honouring three foster mothers for their 10 years of dedicated service with a certificate and a beautiful gold ring each (pictured below). 

RTU Tailor Training women

This was followed by a delicious Christmas day lunch, and music and dance performances by the children well into the evening.

Certificates were then also distributed to a group of women who completed their tailoring training who told us they are extremely thankful to RTU for giving them the opportunity to learn skills which will ensure a self-supported future.

RTU Coolies Volunteers

We were told RTU really enjoyed the two week visit from a group of ‘Coolies’, ten students and four staff from St. Bede’s College, Melbourne (pictured left). Whilst there, the students and teachers volunteered building four houses for the poor, in Genguvarpatti and in Kallupatti. They worked extremely hard. Lasallian Foundation is looking forward to an update from the boys soon and will share more details of their visit later this year! 


On behalf of the staff and Brothers at RTU thank you to all the people who contribute to projects such as RTU. Without your support all the hard work that RTU do for these deserving children would never be possible. 

Tuk Tuk Challenge – Sri Lanka, Team Tukrobane
26/11/2014

My wife and I (Sandra) signed up for the Lanka Challenge early in 2014. The Lanka Challenge is a 10 day event, a bit like the “Great Race”. Each day new Challenges are set for each of the 16 teams participating. The aim is to complete as many challenges to gain points towards an overall ranking. This was a similar challenge my son, Joshua, and I had completed in 2012. 

The method of travel is the humble Tuk-Tuk (or AutoRickshaw). This three wheeled vehicle is cantankerous, poorly designed, underpowered and NOT waterproof, but somehow endears itself in just a few short days. On top of that the road “rules” in Sri Lanka are based on size. That means that you are expected to keep out of the way of any buses or trucks, while avoiding people, cows, dogs and other vehicles.It is both crazy and fun at the same time.  Some of the days are long and exhausting, the first day all teams travelled 180 kilometres, which is a long way in any vehicle without proper suspension, and finished in the dark.It is by no means a holiday. We returned to Sydney both happy and exhausted!

Sri Lanka, Tuk Tuk

Malcolm and Sandra at the start of the race

We saw some wonderful places, in the South East of Sri Lanka – Pasikuda, Arugam Bay and then into the tea country – Nuwara Eliya and then onto Kandy. We had fun every day – from attempting make Rotis at a roadside store, to chanting Bhuddist prayers to a very forgiving monk. We climbed a large temple and rocky outcrop, we learnt a song in Sinhalese, we had a close encounter with  a herd of elephants on safari, and during that time got to meet people from all over the world. 

We travelled about 1200 kilometres and came 5th overall!We raised money, from very generous friends, family and many colleagues at my employer – NetApp Australia. Overall we raised $2,150.25 for the Lasallian Foundation in Sri Lanka. The funds will go towards funding schools and pre-schools in Sri Lanka. This exercise was about helping the poorest people in Sri Lanka. We had a chance to meet Brother Damian, one of the Lasallians, while in Colombo. Brother Damian is a person who has dedicated his life to the service of others. He was an inspirational person to meet, as he showed us around the pre-schools he has set up around Colombo. Without his help, these kids would not get a decent meal each day, and would be at home by themselves in very bleak circumstances. There are the usual culprits - poverty, drug abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence, but somehow the kids all managed shy smiles for their foreign visitors.

The Lanka Challenge organisers (LargeMinority) are all about responsible tourism – they also raised money for charities from their own profits, and for the Red Cross. We planted fruit trees, and Sandra got to “cut the ribbon” to open a new English reading room at Newar Eliya Girls School. We also visited Pottuvil school to donate musical instruments.A big thanks to my company, NetApp Australia, for allowing me to put something back into the global community using their five days per year “Community Leave”.Supporting a charity of any type is a privilege and I would encourage others to do the same.

You can watch Malcolms video here!

Story from Malcolm Chaney

Br Damian, Sri Lanka, Mannar

Malcolm and Sandra with Br Damian at LCES preschool

Youth Worker's Experience at the Lasallian Community Development Schools, Sri Lanka
29/10/2014


I've been a youth worker in Australia for almost 9 years and my holiday to India and Sri Lanka was giving myself time to take stock. However, I couldn't let go of my interest in international community development and education. So when I happened upon the work of The Brothers in Sri Lanka at the Lasallian Community Development Schools during a random Google search, I had to investigate. 

I had the pleasure of spending the day with Brother Damian, who was not only incredibly generous with his time, but a wealth of knowledge on the issues faced by the young people and their families living at the lowest end of the socio economic scale. I visited 3 pre schools, where I was greeted with handshakes, smiles and songs. Henamulla camp was both confronting and incredible. To see the smiles and enthusiasm on the faces of the children we visited, in an area so many from back home couldn't possibly fathom in their wildest dreams, gave more perspective than words could say. The beaming faces of these pre schoolers indicated just how incredible the work the teachers, Lasallian Brothers and team are doing.

Visiting the young women completing vocational training was special for me also. Having just left a role with a program back home in Melbourne, that provides work skill training to young people, vocational education is something close to my heart. To see these young women not only developing skills, but carving out ideas for their future was inspiring. Whilst being shown some of the work of the young women in embroidery, I was told one of them has plans for further study and to become a fashion designer. If that's not a sign the work being done there is making its mark, I don't know what is. 

I firmly believe education is incredibly important in breaking down many social and socio economic barriers. I know even back home in Australia, finding funding to fight the good fight is getting increasingly difficult.  So to spend a day meeting with people fighting to do just that was an absolute privilege. To all the Brothers and teachers I was introduced to that day, thank you for your kind words and hospitality.



Thank you to the Lasallian Foundation in Melbourne for assisting me to make contact and of course, thank you to Brother Damian for the tour, the stories and the boundless knowledge you shared with me. Thank you most of all though, for re-igniting this youth worker's fire and determination to make a difference. 

Story from, Cassandra Kear