Supporting the kids of Timor-Leste

‘I’ll rest when I’m dead’ or so the old adage goes. Egan Ops Manager, David Minutillo and Yard Hand, Michael Minutillo, kept themselves rather busy after hours last week loading a sea container bound for Dili, in Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor).

Timor-Leste, one of Australia’s closest neighbours, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Only 58% of the population over 15 years old can read and write, and 37% live on less than US$1.25 a day, which is below the international poverty line. Over 70% of the population lives in rural areas, which denies the majority of Timorese access to education, employment and sanitation facilities.

“You won’t believe what you can fit into a 40-foot sea container!” says David. “This container was filled with the hand-me-down contents of a recently renovated school library in Gosnells. It was mostly bookcases and desks, hundreds of chairs and thousands of books, as well as a couple of fridges and washers. Any gaps get filled with bags of clothes gifted to us by the church’s op shop.”

“It’ll take a couple of months to land in Dili and clear customs. We hope to join it over there in March/April 2020 for a school class build. This will be the first build in East Timor, so it should be interesting to see how it all unfolds” David says.

If you are interested in donating your money, supplies or muscle, please get in contact with David, on 0416 307 220 or

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