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.
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Successful International Women's Day (IWD) fundraising initiative
In recognition of IWD and the theme of digital literacy, Friends of Suai committed to raising funds for a pilot program for 15 women to attend a digital literacy training program at the Community Centre in Suai. The 15 women will be members of the Rural Women’s Development Program livelihood groups and local Village Councils The women will learn basic skills to use Word, Excel and access the internet. They need support for transport and accommodation costs to undertake this training.
With your help, we raised $1,050 so that 15 rural women can attend a 30 hour digital literacy training program.
Developing digital literacy can have profound impacts for Timorese women and their families. Experience has shown that women who generate income will spend this on their family and further education. It is not uncommon for an employed person to support their children, parents and siblings.
Donations to Friends of Suai programs and initiatives 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.
2021/22 Annual Report
The Friends of Suai/Covalima 2021/22 Annual Report provides information on the activities and achievements of the friendship, including updates on all programs delivered through the Covalima Community Centre in Suai.
The link to view the report can be accessed from the bottom of this page. To request a hard copy, contact the Friends of Suai/Covalima Coordinator via the 'Get involved, donate or contact us' link below.
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.
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.