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CHL continues to deliver on its mission of building sustainable communities

In continuing its important role of development of sustainable communities in East Timor, CHL Timor, subsidiary of Community Housing Ltd (CHL), the largest Australian not for profit provider of affordable housing, has facilitated a donation of 62 working computers to six primary schools in East Timor, half of which are constructed by the company.

In addition to the provision of affordable and sustainable housing, CHL Timor believes in long term investments in skills and education in its communities and this is a yet another initiative towards providing local children with the resources to gain skills for the future.

The donation has been made possible due to a partnership with Rohan MacLaren, an Australian model and TV personality who is also CHL’s ‘Community Development Ambassador’.

Six primary schools including Centro Aprendizagem e Formacao De Dili, Esino Basico Filial 7 de Setembro, Esino Basico Canossa, Jesuit School Casait, Suai School and San Carlos – all dotted around Dilli and Suai – were announced as a recipient of 10 computers each at a special event at St Carlos School, a project built by CHL Timor.

The event was attended by CHL’s Managing Director Steve Bevington, Timor Country Director Jocelino Alves, the school principals, Rohan MacLaren and included cultural performances by the school children.

As Steve says, ‘these computers will be a terrific resource for the children studying at these schools, some of them using it for the very first time. This will enable them to access modern education, better connectivity to the broader world making them ready for the future.

CHL is thrilled to be able to deliver on its mission of improving the lives of those who live in the communities we work in addition to the housing. We would like to thank Rohan for his efforts, contribution and commitment in enabling this project on the ground.”

Since 2004 CHL has been a part of this young nation’s growth story helping build affordable homes and community facilities, creating local employment, training workers in construction skills, and developing new businesses such as the new locally-developed interlocking ClayBricks system, used in numerous CHL Timor’s developments.

“CHL Timor has recently completed the largest affordable housing project including 72 homes for the residents of Lahorai and an additional 15 homes as part of another program – all in Suai. Close to 300 local workers were employed over the term of the project with majority of them receiving certification, training and employment.

This donation is a yet another way in which CHL Timor is helping rebuild lives. These computers will revolutionise the way how education is delivered to the kids living in this village as it is the first time computers will be installed at the school”, says Jocelino Alves CHL Timor’s Country Director.

“Investing in the education of our children and our shared future and is one of the most important things that we can ever do. I believe it is important to take the time to invest in communities to reach their potential – I have been so fortunate to partner with an organisation such as CHL who shares this belief”, says Rohan.

“As we get closer to 15 years of operating in this beautiful country, we are more than ever committed to playing an important role in the development of sustainable communities in East Timor in the provision of affordable housing wherever possible”, adds Steve.

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