500 Supporters’ Group
The 500 Supporters’ Group was founded in 1999 to financially support Edmund Rice overseas aid. The Group organises events and luncheons with high calibre speakers to raise funds. It has around 200 “members” (supporters who donate $500 per annum or more) and many other donors.
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) and Foundation partner schools provide vital support for the communities the Foundation works with. Through the dedication of partner schools, their families and students, around one third of overall funding is provided through donations and fund-raising activities. This support provides education, health and community services that bring about lasting change to the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished and disenfranchised people.
Click here for ways for schools, students and families to help.
‘Project Kenya’ is the action of a group of people who support the work of the Christian Brothers at Br. Beausang Catholic Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Project raises funds for delivery of education to primary and secondary students.
Originating in 2013, the Rainbow Committee is in its third year and is already bringing hope and education to the lives of children in Timor-Leste by raising money to build schools, improve existing schools and provide resources, teachers and education programs particular in rural areas. With a passion to support the Edmund Rice Foundation’s education and health projects in Timor-Leste, the Rainbow Committee has inspired hundreds of women to connect, support and give hope to the women and children of Timor-Leste through friendship, funds raised and the belief that all children are entitled to an education and good health care.
The Terrace Timor Network (TTN), facilitates a partnership between Comunidade Edmund Rice (CER), the community of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace in Brisbane, and a network of Edmund Rice communities across Australia. The TTN is a not-for-profit organisation supporting the marketing and sale of:
– Timorese family-grown and harvested organic coffee
– unique locally made Timorese products
All proceeds are returned to the communities in Timor Leste.
Arts & Craft Co-operative
An Arts & Craft Co-operative at Railaco Kraic employs more than 60 women in designing and producing beautiful and reasonably priced hand-made occasional cards, especially Christmas cards highlighting traditional Timorese weaving (Tais). The range features both Timorese and Australian themes and includes bookmarks and wristbands. A popular item among young people is the Bro-Bands, which are available in the many colours of the Tais rainbow. These products are sold in Australia through the TTN.
Cloth cutting for card making – Arts & Craft Co-operative
The TTN facilitates a coffee growing and marketing partnership between Comunidade Edmund Rice (CER) and villages in rural Timor-Leste. Timorese families grow and harvest a premium organic coffee which is roasted to produce a rich, mellow, high quality organic coffee available for purchase online in Australia. The coffee crops are family ventures which enable extra rice to be purchased for households, or to further educational opportunities for the children.
Weighing the coffee beans
Since its inception in 2008, Zimele has raised funds to assist projects in East Africa. These include the Brother Beausang school and the Education for Life
project in Kenya; the Star Support Project in South Sudan; and the Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School in Tanzania. Zimele also supports a number of micro-projects in both Nairobi and Tanzania. At the heart of Zimele is an East Africa immersion program.