TLV are very pleased with how the water project is progressing. Members of the team visited the village early in July. When they arrived they were overwhelmed by the welcome they received.
The whole community had come out to greet them with school students lining the road singing, and community leaders greeting them with a traditional Timorese welcome.
During the day it was clear that the community, along with the Timorese engineers engaged, are all very pleased with how the project is progressing.
Community involvement has exceeded everyone’s expectations and water has already reached Hatete!
TLV members along with those involved walked a 3km journey, from Hatete alongside the pipes and up to the reservoir tanks, which are located near the water source.
Along the way, the community proudly showed their work including the trenches where the pipes are laid; the connections between the pipes; and the water pressure at the different distribution points.
The local maintenance crew was also introduced, who are being training on the skills required to successfully maintain the water system into the future.
Long-term plans were also discussed on the distribution of water from the main distribution tank to individual homes; and the construction of public toilets in keys locations around the village including the school and church.
This partnership between TLV and Hatete is a continuation of a relationship that began in World War II, when an Australian soldier (from the 2/2nds Commando force) was helped by the community leader’s father. It is an important relationship that all are proud of and look forward to strengthening in the years to come.
‘This project will change the lives of every person in the community.’ Antonio Marcel
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