Sabu Island Story

Past President John Manks first visited Sabu when he and his wife Sue were on a Lesser Sunda Island cruise in 2002, aboard the motor vessel Ombak Putih.  They saw how the Sabunese people struggled, living on a very remote island with a very dry climate (no rain for 6 months of the year).

They felt at the time that there was a dire need for help in the supply of clean water, a major problem in most of the villages on the island.

After John joined the Rotary Club of Beaumaris in 2005, he returned to Sabu and met up with Pastor Franz Lackner, an amazing man who has lived on the island for about 30 years, doing so much to help the Sabunese.  When asked how Rotary could help, he very quickly responded “water wells”.  As a result, RCOB’s first project on Sabu was to provide moulds used in making concrete rings for wells, which Franz was providing to local villages to use in the wells they were digging.  The rings prevent cave-ins in unstable ground.

So our work in Sabu had begun.

Following on from this project, RCOB applied for a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation to build water wells on Sabu.  With the support of other clubs, our District 9810 and District 3400 in Indonesia and the matching grant, we had a project with funds totalling $27,765 to build 15 water wells.

This has been a very successful project with nearly 30 wells built to date, plus hopefully many more into the future, with an ongoing provision of funds for at least the next few years.

Other projects that we have initiated at Sabu are:

•             Student hostels, both in Kupang and Seba

•             Mosquito nets

•             Assistance in supporting Sabunese students

•             Sanitation

John very much appreciates the support and enthusiasm given to the Sabu projects by all our members, as well as the support provided by other Rotary clubs and friends of Rotary.

It is an example of how Rotary works where one person’s vision can be taken on board by the Club.

Our most urgent current priority is the funding of students at the hostels on Sabu and West Timor.  Further details on this need and how you can assist are contained in the brochure shown below.

The following video shows more of this work.

To download a copy of this brochure please click on this link below. 

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2 thoughts on “Sabu Island Story

  1. Hi whom may concern..my partner Peter and l donation computors to East Timor a and Kupand Unverity…And flores island to Ameria…Bajawa primary schools and unversity….Also we just come to melbourne….I donatio. clothes…books and l teach englist and cooking…..We both.sponor schools .Unverities and kindergartens….We dont money…We paid everything with our own money…We have host families who look after us. and we paid when we leave…..You like get in touch
    …We put everything thru our Rortary ship contain from Melbourne to East Timor…We of in.June to give schoolships to schools we sponor….And partner donations computors thru he own company……if you get in touch with us…..Love hear and we mind be able to to help…….
    Regards
    Martha Bodon……
    My partner Peter Holdenson.
    donations@nucleuscomputer.com.au.

    • Hi Martha

      Thank you for your interest in our Club’s activities.
      I passed your message on to the appropriate Beaumaris Rotary Club officials for response.

      Yours Sincerely

      David Lea
      Club Communications

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