Aussie Boats for East Timor is a completely non-profit, non-political,
IT IS ESTIMATED THAT SINCE THE INVASION OF EAST TIMOR BY INDONESIA IN 1975, MORE THAN 200,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MURDERED!
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What We Do
This is where we enter the picture. In order to restore this country, the people must have a means to support themselves. While we, like many other organisations, are gathering donations of clothes, food, and other necessities, there is no way for the East Timorese to perpetuate this lifestyle on their own with only generous donations. They wish total independence, not only from oppressors but also from hand outs and support from well meaning groups.
With this in mind, we have decided to organise a method of helping the Timorese that will result in their independence in all ways ~ by building them boats so they can fish and provide for themselves and regrow their economy on their own.
The idea is that with private, corporate and organisational support, we can make an enormous difference to the regeneration of East Timor by building and supplying to the fishermen of the country, a minimum of 200 small boats with which to feed their families and neighbours, who at the moment are living on charity or starving.
It is a fact that one boat can feed ten families and that although two hundred boats sounds like a lot, in reality it is only a start.
1 BOAT X 10 FAMILIES (approx 8 persons per family) = 80 PEOPLE X 200 BOATS =
We've done the math and we believe that this is an excellent value!
We are also very interested in teaching the Timorese how to build their own boats in the future,
The 'Timor Dory'
This boat was originally designed as the 'Fat Canoe', in consultation with East Timorese fishermen, by John Welsford, a well known designer, builder and sailor of small craft, in Rotarua, New Zealand. John has a personal knowledge of East Timor and designed this boat specifically for our project as a donation.
The Timor Dory is an upgrade created by Barry Wicks of our ABET NSW office.
They are made from plywood, coated with epoxy resin and fibreglassed up to the waterline. Each boat can carry 2 crew members and 3/4 of a ton in cargo and have been designed to support an outrigger, thru raised ribs above the sheerline. Two boats may even be joined to form a catamaran-type hull, with a platform for ease of hauling nets for two crews.
Each has the ability to be rowed, sculled, paddled, sailed or powered by an outboard motor
The sail and spars can be constructed from bamboo and a tarpauline,
Below are pictures of a traditional East Timorese boat and a completed A.B.E.T. boat.
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