The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation, promoting sustainable technology and practice. The ATA’s International Projects Group was formed in 2003 to “assist communities to access sustainable technologies” and has delivered over 100 projects in East Timor and Vanuatu. Since then ATA volunteers and professionals have committed to capacity building, training, local empowerment and a focus on the poorest rural communities.
More details of the ATA’s International Projects Group can be found here.
ATA’s International work is dependent on grants and tax deductible donations. In past years this support has enabled us to work with communities across Timor to deliver basic electrical infrastructure. Your support will assist us build upon our existing partnerships and deliver sustainable projects to remote marginalised communities.
Donations to the ATA have the benefits of:
- Supporting tangible practical outcomes for the rural poor
- Building the skills and capacity of Timorese technicians and community institutions
- Promotes renewable energy as the most effective and low cost solution for remote area power needs
Recent achievements of the ATA International Projects Group include:
- Village Lighting: delivered lighting to over 4000 households in five villages in East Timor. Each household receives a solar panel and 3 x LED lights and contributes to a community fund for system maintenance and upkeep. This project is continuing to expand into other villages and districts.
- Solar Technicians: The ATA has delivered accredited practical training for solar power installers. Over 20 technicians are receiving training and the project is a template for training development in Timor.
- Community Light and Power: The ATA has completed over 100 lighting and community power projects. In 2010 we provided a crucial emergency power supply for a Red Cross district office as well as health clinics, weaving centres and an orphanage with over 50 young residents.
There remains a considerable need for lighting and power in East Timor. We have requests to further assist the Red Cross, primary schools and community based businesses. The Village Lighting Scheme has been requested to expand into two new districts. Furthermore we are looking to assist our trained technicians find employment- by setting up micro business or the expansion of other enterprises.
TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS can be made to the ATA’s Renewable Energy Development Trust.