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GTNT - supporting Timor Leste communities

Monday, May 29 2017

NT provider GTNT has established  a Foundation as a responsibkle corporate citizen to assist communites in Timor Leste.  GTNT’s Voluntary Carbon Offset Project in Laclubar, Timor Leste focusses on education and social change with local farmers being supported to establish and run nurseries,  plant seedlings and to grow trees that enable GTNT to offset their company carbon emissions.

Alex Sarmento is the GTNT Project Manager based in Dili and oversees operations and local staff in Laclubar who are qualified agronomists that work with the farmers and local school students to educate on bio-diversity and also help the farmers to create multi-tiered eco systems.

This year, 50 farmers have been awarded payments that will support over 500 people in the community. In partnership with Friends of Laclubar, GTNT also raised funds to award 30 scholarships to the extremely disadvantaged students.

AS GTNT CEO Kathyrn noted " Yesterday, Brooke and I returned from our trip to Timor-Leste to deliver Farmer payments to our Farmers in Laclubar and Saibada.

In partnership with Friends of Laclubar we were also able to award 30 school children scholarships. Laclubar is located in the mountains, 120km from Timor-Leste’s capital city – Dili, however due to the extremely poor condition of the road it takes 4 to 5 hours to travel there.

We stayed with our local employees whilst in Timor-Leste and Brooke was able to experience life in a third world country for the first time – no kitchen, plumbing or sleep (chickens and dogs can be so noisy at night!). We were both very touched by some of the stories we heard and people we met. It’s great to see that our GTNT Foundation Project is really making a difference to the lives of the people living in these communities, our Farmer payments enable them to purchase rice and other necessities for their families for the year. Our Farmers set-up nurseries,  plant the seedlings and grow trees to enable us to offset our company carbon emissions. Our staff also help the Farmers to create multi-tiered Eco Systems as our trees create canopies which are necessary to grow coffee and vegetables. 

Brooke and I also met with World Vision and RAEBIA to form a partnership and move forward with our Darwin Initiative Project.

We were lucky to meet with former President Ramos Horta who encouraged GTNT to do more in Timor-Leste and would like to continue discussions to foster apprenticeships and traineeships.

If you have any questions about the trip or our GTNT Foundation Project we will be happy to chat with you."

Former President, the Honourable Ramos Horta is also a patron of the project.

Pictured above: Brooke and Kathryn with Alex and our Farmers

Pictured above: Children in Laclubar

Pictured above: Grateful scholarship students

Pictured above: Honourable Ramos Horta, Brooke, Alex, Kathryn

Pictured above: Kathryn with the scholarship students

Pictured above: Signing to recieve her Farmer payment


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