Friends of Suai Covalima

Since 2000, we have a formal commitment to support our friendship with Suai, Covalima East Timor.

Since 2000, we have had a formal commitment to support our friendship between communities in Port Phillip and Suai, Covalima in East Timor.

Through the Friends of Suai/Covalima, we are doing all we can to assist the people of Suai in their efforts to claim a new future. In the spirit of friendship, people from both communities are working together to create opportunities for development for communities throughout the district of Covalima.

Support and funding are provided to the Covalima Community Centre in Suai to implement community development programs, with a strong focus on education, health, gender equality, livelihoods and sustainability.

To keep up to date with the latest Friends of Suai/Covalima news, follow the Friends of Suai on Facebook or subscribe to the e-newsletter via friendsofsuai@portphillip.vic.gov.au

COVID-19 response

Friends of Suai/Covalima are assisting our friends and colleagues in Covalima district Timor-Leste during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

We are supporting the Covalima Community Centre with their work to share clear and simple information with communities on handwashing and hygienic practices. Basic infographics from the World Health Organisation have been widely distributed to schools, villages and public venues. The staff are also visiting remote communities to share information in their local dialects.

The Community Centre has also been invited to join the district government COVID-19 taskforce and through this collaboration, government and NGOs are working together to continue to share updated information with all villages in Covalima.

The Centre are doing their best with their limited resources. With no running water and limited access to soap in many villages, the team are being innovative and proactive so that they can role model behaviours at the Centre and embed health training in all training activities.

For more information, or to make a donation to this program, contact the Friends of Suai/Covalima Coordinator via friendsofsuai@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Scholarship appeal

Since 2012, community donations have provided 161 scholarships to students from Covalima district to further their education at a senior secondary, vocational and tertiary level. Covalima district is one of the poorest in Timor Leste and the scholarship program is providing access to education and preparing students for future employment.

Donations are needed for education programs and to fund new and ongoing scholarships for the 2021 school year.

The scholarship program encourages gender equity and focuses on students from disadvantaged families from many villages and sub-districts within Covalima district.

Donations by credit card can be made on our Give Now appeal page.

For information on other ways to donate, or for more information about the program, please contact the Friends of Suai Covalima Coordinator:

Email: friendsofsua@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9209 6598

20-year anniversary celebration

Friends of Suai 20-year pink circular logo with text reading: 20 years Celebrating Friendship 2000-2020, City of Port Phillip and Covalima

In celebration of the 20-year anniversary of friendship, a commemorative booklet has been produced and was launched at an online event on Thursday 2 July.

The launch included guest speakers from Australia and East Timor and photos from the booklet which highlighted the achievements of the friendship. The recording of the event can be accessed through YouTube.

The booklet will soon be available at Port Phillip libraries. For more information, email friendsofsuai@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Get involved

Friends of Suai Covalima is a relationship that goes beyond the usual concept of financial aid. It connects the community in the City of Port Phillip with the community of Suai in order to enrich and enhance the lives of all involves. The participation of the community is key to the success of the friendship.

Get involved by volunteering your time, making a donation, attending our events and joining our mailing list.

Contact the Friends of Suai Covalima Coordinator.

Email: friendsofsua@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Phone: 03 9209 6598

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