Recycled School Furniture for Timor Leste

Recycled School Furniture for Timor Leste

Location/Club:  Keilor, 9800, Victoria, Australia
Keywords: CIRCULAR ECONOMY, Recycled Furniture, School Furniture, Desks, Chairs
Project Partners: Timor Leste Education Department, Victorian Education Department



Gathering surplus school furniture to recycle is a standard DIK activity. Timor Leste is disparately short of school equipment.


Many schools replace equipment before it is worn out and much is available for recycling. Without Rotary DIK much of it would become landfill.


We supply student furniture to the Timor Leste Education Department who distribute it to disadvantaged schools.


  1. We give provide schools and students with essential equipment
  2. We keep plastics and metals out of landfill
  3. We provide Victorian Schools with a recycling opportunity.

Project More Info

Timor Leste is the poorest country in our region and recognises that education is the key to the country’s future. The country makes a major contribution to education, but with a growing population and a commitment for students to increase the years they spend at school there are insufficient funds to do every thing they would like to.

This it the top priority that the Timor Leste Government has asked Rotary to assist with.

If shipping funds where available we could ship all of the surplus school furniture that Victoria produces to Timor Leste.

Three container loads have been shipped – 1500+ desks and chairs. A container is ready to go when West Footscray DIK opens.

If is part of the ANZPI School Furniture Recycling Program.


Any Club or individual can be a partner in the project. The goods are readily available at all DIK Stores and can be shipped to Timor Leste or other countries.

Volunteers Wanted

To collect donations and take the them to the West Footscray Donations In Kind store. This is a standard DIK activity and the goods may go to another project.

Financial Support

Ongoing A$20 to send a desk and chair set, $500 / Classroom $2000 / school