Posted by Ian Ballantine on Nov 14, 2023
District Foundation Chair PDG David Alexander and I attended the Australian launch of the program to providing training on domestic violence in East Timor at the city campus of the Latrobe Universuty. In attendance was Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmao.
The project was funded by a Global Grant initiated by the Rotary Club of Manningham (now the club of Manningham City.
The project was a collaborative partnership between Latrobe University, the World Health Organisation and the former Rotary Club of Manningham to develop a curriculum to address Domestic Violence in Timor Leste.
RC Manningham was approached by Dr Kayli Wild to support the development of a program to embed training curriculum for nurses and other health workers to better respond to Domestic Violence in the community (estimated that 48% of women and girls were impacted each year).
Kayli has been a champion of this project particularly during Covid and managed the payment of funds into US$ required by contractors in Timor Leste, - controlled by RC Manningham.
A contribution of US$20,000 by the World Health Organisation indicated their commitment to this cause. TRF recognized the significance of this commitment and the project received recognition of the strong partnership between Latrobe University, the World Health Organisation, Rotary Manningham and The Rotary Foundation to develop a Curriculum to better respond to Domestic Violence, which impacts on every country in the world.