Woodside, as operator of the Sunrise Joint Venture, has announced support for local Timorese community organisations HIAM Health, the Alola Foundation and Empreza Di'ak. A signing ceremony in Dili on 2 September 2015 celebrated the important work of these organisations and the ongoing support of the Sunrise Joint Venture.
All three organisations are local not-for-profits. HIAM Health has worked for over a decade combating malnutrition in Timorese children; Alola Foundation seeks to improve the health and lives of women and children; and Empreza Di'ak focuses on economic empowerment and enterprise development in local communities.
The collaboration with HIAM Health will enable the ongoing delivery of a community and family garden program in the Ermera district. The Nutrition Garden Extension Program combines agricultural, health and business development expertise to support communities to grow sustainable and nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables. The Sunrise Joint Venture has sponsored this program since 2012.
Funding from the Sunrise Joint Venture will also support the ongoing delivery of the Alola Foundation's maternal health and child feeding program across six villages in the Aileu and Ainaro districts. Suku Hadomi Inan no Oan, or "Village Loves Its Mother and Children", promotes safe and healthy infant feeding practices, including the delivery of breastfeeding education, cooking demonstrations and community health discussions. The Sunrise Joint Venture first sponsored Alola in 2009.
On Atuaro Island, just off the coast of Dili, funding from the Sunrise Joint Venture will ensure Empreza Di'ak's ongoing delivery of the 'local products for local markets' initiative. Empreza Di'ak delivers market and business skills training to build the capacity of communities on the island and support the development of micro-enterprise and agri-businesses.
This work will be done at Empreza Diak's Sentru Atauro Di'ak, the first self-contained training and development facility on Atauro Island. This centre was built last year by local workers trained by Empreza Di'ak with the support of the Sunrise Joint Venture.
The event highlighted the value of these programs to the Timorese community, with approximately 70 people attending. Peter Doyle, the Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste also tweeted his support following the event.
Through social investment, the Sunrise Joint Venture is able to deliver significant benefits to Timor-Leste to support the sustainable growth and development of local communities.
The Sunrise Joint Venture includes joint venture participants Woodside, ConocoPhillips, Shell and Osaka Gas.