Ryder-Cheshire Australia (RCA) is a small independent charity which supports two overseas homes, Klibur Domin in East Timor and Raphael in northern India, and three within Australia at Ivanhoe (Victoria), Singleton (NSW) and Mt Gambier (South Australia) Each of these Homes has a different focus, but they are all founded on the guiding principle . . .
the relief of suffering
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So Much News from the Ryder-Cheshire Homes!
The amount of information coming from the Ryder-Cheshire homes (Klibur Domin in Timor-Leste, Raphael in India and the Australian homes) is quite astonishing, and this often makes it difficult to know what to highlight. However, all this information speaks volumes about the energy and dedication of the staff, residents and volunteers at each of the homes, and the very genuine effort to follow the philosophy of Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire in creating a real home atmosphere for all residents. A few recent highlights are outlined below but more detailed information can be found by using the links to the Klibur Domin, Raphael and Ryder-Cheshire Australia newsletters on the right hand side of this web page.
At Raphael in 2013/14 there has been a wealth of activities with its staff and residents having attended and made presentations at conferences at local, state and national levels. The teaching staff continues to provide training programs for teachers of special education, and the outreach teams have conducted seminars in the surrounding mainstream schools to raise student awareness and sensitivity to the issues of people with disabilities. The Raphael students continue to participate in a range of activities at the local and state level such as adventure camps and sports competitions, including selection events for the Special Olympics program.
A major area of change at Raphael in recent years is the decline in the number of residents living with the after effects of leprosy, from 78 residents ten years ago to 31 residents now. However, at the same time there has been a growing demand for residential care for children with disabilities from the surrounding communities. So there is a constant challenge to renovate, adapt and renew accommodation on the Raphael campus to adjust to the needs of the changing client population.
According to all reports, life at Klibur Domin is equally busy, demanding and rewarding. A major development for the TB program has been the very generous grant of $36,500 from the Rotary Club of Mt Gambier for the purchase of a GeneXpert machine. The order for the machine has been placed and staff at Klibur Domin are preparing for its arrival. At the moment samples for TB testing have to be cultured and sent from Timor-Leste to Australia which entails a turn-around time of several months, however, when the GeneXpert is operating at Klibur Domin it will cut the time for processing tests down to about one hour. This will be a huge step forward in the fight against TB in Timor-Leste. Members of the Rotary club of Mt Gambier have also been at Klibur Domin in June undertaking renovations to a house which will be used to accommodate volunteers. And a range of sponsors including Rosemary Coffey, St Ignatius Riverview College and the Rotary club of Como Jannali have funded the new TB laboratory, and the Rotary Club of Ballina is funding its fit-out. Thank you to all these generous people.
It was also great to hear that Joaquim Soares, the Director of Klibur Domin, was invited to attend the Global Fund Conference in Cambodia in June. This is a very significant ‘partnership’ organisation which provides funding to countries (including Timor-Leste) which have high rates of malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS. We look forward to reading Joaquim’s report.
It is hoped that these ‘snapshots’ give some idea of the hum of activity on the campuses at Raphael and Klibur Domin. And we again wish to thank all the supporters, donors and volunteers who make possible this vital work for the relief of suffering.
Klibur Domin Newsletter
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Here are her impressions
Joy Brisbane's photographic art for purchase to support TB programs at Klibur Domin
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A New Raphael Brochure is now available.
A New Klibur Domin Brochure is available, showcasing some of their new initiatives and facilities.
Download the May 2014 Issue of the Ryder-Cheshire newsletter now called
The Red Feather
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Klibur Domin has a new website
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