Friends of Suai Covalima

Since 2000, we have had 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 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 Get involved, donate or contact us links below.

Newsletter

The June 2022 edition of our newsletter contains updates on programs in Covalima district that are funded by Friends of Suai fundraising and donations.  The stories demonstrate how community support for our friendship continues to provide educational opportunities for young people and help rural communities take action on climate change.  The newsletter can be accessed from the bottom of this webpage.

Scholarship appeal

Donations are needed for education programs and to fund new and ongoing scholarships for the 2022 and 2023 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 via the Get involved, donate or contact us links below.

Trivia Night fundraiser

On 17 March 2022, Friends of Suai/Covalima held a very successful trivia night at Middle Park Bowls Club, with more than 90 residents and friends attending. Many donations were provided by local businesses, artists and individuals for a raffle and silent auction.

The event raised over $9,400 and proceeds will help to ensure that the Covalima Community Centre in Suai can continue to implement sustainable community development programs, with a strong focus on education, health, gender equality, livelihoods and the environment.

2020/21 Annual Report

The Friends of Suai/Covalima 2020/21 Annual Report provides information on the activities and achievements of the Friendship, including updates on all of the development programs delivered in the Covalima district through the Covalima Community Centre. This includes an update on the COVID-19 response activities undertaken by the Community Centre staff throughout the district.

The link to view the report can be accessed from the bottom of this page, or for a hard copy, contact the Friends of Suai/Covalima Coordinator via the Get involved, donate or contact us links below.

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 the Get involved, donate or contact us links below.

Get involved, donate or contact us

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 involved. 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.

Online: Online Services
Phone: 03 9209 6598

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