Help make life better for Children and families in East Timor by donating to Good Crocodile Foundation (FLD) 2018-19 through its US fiscal agnet, Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions. We need to raise $15,000 by Dec 31 2018 in order to receive a $5,000 matching grant that will help them make their goal of $45,000.
Good Crocodile is a rural health center (FLD) that is led and operated by East Timorese persons including Constantino Pinto, working with persons from abroad. Some of their most recent major accomplishments:
· The mobile clinic, which brings basic health services to remote, unserved villages has expanded to 8 new villages, making it now 19 villages, who are regularly served at village elementary schools for screenings, vacinations, and health education.
- The almost impassible roads wore out a vehicle. Thanks to significant donors, a new vehicle has made the mobile clinic expansion possible.
- One of the basic initiatives of the mobile clinics is to significantly reduce scabies, a bothersome skin disease from tiny mites that get in bed sheets and clothing.
· The weaving cooperative of war widows, with help from a small grant and self-help efforts, built a Cooperative Center in Home (their village) where they can weave, train the next generation of weavers and showcase their products for sale. This helps 25 families (about 150 people) expand their efforts, and earned funds help them send children to school, improve housing, etc.
· Thanks to additional connections, 8 rural schools now have access to information and educational materials through an internet-type platform. What a gift of a wider world this connection is to these remote villages and schools.
We have the possibility of a three-year grant to continue focus on women and children. We need to raise $45,000 by June 30, 2019. This would meet the grant conditions, allow us to serve the wider community, and carry on the current programs. In addition, there is need to raise the salaries of the local staff to retain them, provide staff development and ensure that at least one of the staff can get credentialed advanced training each year.
Donations are accepted through Crowdrise by the Parliament of the World's Religions, the fiscal agent in the United States for Good Crocodile Foundation. Mary Nelson, a former Executive Director of the Parliament, is committed to Good Crocodile and the work of her neice, Inge Lempp Crowdrise will issue a tax receipt to US donors on behalf of the Parliament. L