Terms & Conditions

•    Priority will be given to proposals where positive impact & outcomes can be optimised with the least resources.
•    Priority would also be prioritized for projects that are able to be completed in the shortest time frame.
•    Projects may be in any place, any state, any country within Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.
•    All project realisation and selection are subjected to, but not limited by, considerations for safety, security, feasibility, impact and outcomes.
•    Initiator and/or landscape architects must be involved to make the preliminary assessment to ensure safety, security and any other associated issues are adequately studied for the project to be executed.
•    Landscape architects and any partners or volunteers involved work on pro-bono basis. No fees will be provided.
•    Landscape architects will be responsible for the documentation (including photos, videos, recorded conversation, etc) of the entire process from start to end with support from the project team.
•    The team will be responsible for personal travel and expenses incurred during the project unless agreed otherwise by the project sponsor.
•    Size of projects, under the evaluation of the initiator or landscape architect, must not be too big or exceed any of the following:
•    I) duration from start to end of project NOT MORE THAN 6 months
•    II) area not more than 1ha OR
•    III) estimated cost of project NOT MORE THAN $20,000
•    Estimated cost of project should mainly come from the construction and material cost; any reasonable cost for third party professional services may only be considered and pending approval by the Committee.
•    The Committee reserves the right to include or exclude any individuals to partake in the projects.
•    The Committee reserves the right to call for any interviews with the initiator via Skype call or any communication media.
•    Successful initiator is required to sign an agreement of undertaking and commitment to fulfil the project intent and objectives at his/her best with any possible means.
•    The Committee reserves the right to alter the scope and deliverables of the selected project.

If you are interested to propose a project or join a project, please email asiapac_uniseal_rbfund@yahoo.com


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1.    Living condition of the villagers in Sidara

There are 6 villages with around 225 families in this area.
Most live in houses made from palm fronds, some live in concrete houses with zinc roofs. Most people have dirt floors, some who have income from work have cement floors. During the rainy season, rain water drips into some houses – poor/damaged roofing. All homes have outdoor kitchens and cook using firewood.
There is no running water in the homes. The majority of homes are overcrowded, with sometimes up to 3 families living under one roof.
General hygiene(washing hands, taking showers etc) has improved as a result of education from Branca, a volunteered nurse from an Australian NGO, who has  lived among the community for 16 years, serving in the area of education, health and community development.
Most people still rear their animals near/inside their home compounds, sometimes the animals enter into their kitchens.

2.   Water quality and supply

Water source from the mountains. 15 years ago when Branca visited the community where the water source is, she found out that many children were dying from diarrhoea, from the contaminated water source. She then started a water project in that community to protect the water source – fencing it up, covering it and piping the water to the homes. Lives started improving as the water quality improved. 4 years ago, Branca visited the water source and found that there wasn’t maintenance done and most of the covering/protection for the water source was destroyed. Many have diarrhoea and water related  sicknesses now because they have been drinking from a dirty water source directly. There are also skin problems related to a contaminated water source.

3.    Livelihood of villagers

Some villagers work as cleaners employed by the government in Dili, most sell wood/local produce e.g. sago. Some work in the local schools as teachers.

4.    Microfinance through farming

Seven families work together on a church land growing vegetables and fruits which they sell in the local market (a central market which serves 6 hamlets (sub-villages) and also some outlying villages). They keep the income earned from the sale of the produce and use it for their own necessities. Some vegetables and fruits are also used for the school (Kids’ Ark) and the disability centre. Depending on weather conditions and also the yield/quality of the vegetables/fruits, each month’s income ranges from $150-400. Sometimes, entire crops can be destroyed by animals who enter the farmland (because of the lack of a secured fence), or by bad irrigation or extreme weather. When these happens, everything on the land is lost/destroyed.

5.    Weather in Sidara

The months of November, December and January are the rainy seasons. The rest of the year is the dry season. During the dry season, winds can be very strong and the extreme weather makes it difficult to grow crops. During seasons of extreme dry weather in Sidara, some villagers go up to the hills to plant crops like tubers/potatoes etc so at least there is something to sell/sustain livelihood.

6.    Communal space

No permanent space for community enjoyment right now, but shelters/tents are put up as a communal space when there are community events.

Above information is provided by Branca through personal interviews and email exchanges with Mr Damian Tang, IFLA Asia Pacific President.

Mr Damian Tang is taking the lead to design and implement this pilot project with target completion 2019.

If you are interested to join him in this project, please email your interest asiapac_uniseal_rbfund@yahoo.com with subject Project Sidara

Landscape architect’s role

The project is to design and implement a water management system to create a sustainable water source; to redesign and implement better/ conducive farming facilities, a communal garden for villagers to enjoy and a simple field for kids to kick a ball. It is a simple project with high impact that falls within a hectare and should not exceed the budget of $20k.

Target: The pilot project aims to benefit minimally 3 villages of about hundred over families with more than 500 members.

Expected commitment for the project

Off-site study – Information gathering, objectives & outcomes, identify the site, scope and contact person (DONE)
Site visit #1 – Site feasibility studies, pre-construction documentation, design and recommending/ finalizing design & action plans (3-5 days)
Site visit #2 – Design improvement & Implementation (approx. 8 days)
Site visit #3 – Post construction documentation, interviews, feedback and observations


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