Friends of Suai (FOS)

Friends of Suai/Covalima Appeal

The people of Suai in East Timor need your support.

Since the year 2000 the City of Port Phillip has a formal commitment to support the Friendship between the City of Port Phillip and Suai, Covalima East Timor. Friends of Suai/Covalima is doing all it can to assist the people of Suai in their efforts to claim a new future. We provide support and funding to the Covalima Community Centre. It's still very difficult but people are working together to create a new future for their district and East Timor. 

The Community Centre in Covalima (CCC), supported by the City of Port Phillip, is growing both in staff capacity as well as the programs provided. Achievements include;

  • A busy centre offering community training showing an increase in younger people's participation
  • A Rural Womens' Development Program based at the CCC is reaching over 100 women in the district.
  • The IT social enterprise provides refurbished computers, free domain software and training to the community
  • The CCC is now registered as a not-for-profit organisation and a vocational training provider with the government and is seeking accreditation in training for Information Technology and later agriculture training.

Your donations will support the ongoing work of the CCC and ensure these achievements continue into the future. 

Education and Training

Higher education in East Timor is not easy to get and often unavailable in rural areas. Covalima is a remote and poor district in this new nation in which half the population fall below the poverty line. Fifty percent of the population is under 19 years of age, and although the education system is slowly rebuilding, the need is still huge. Girls are the first to be withdrawn from these opportunities. Most families are poor and cannot afford to pay fees or send their children to live away from home. 

Friends of Suai/Covalima is processing applications for scholarships in nursing, trades, hospitality, administration, primary teaching and senior secondary technical school. The candidates are from a variety of villages and sub-districts in Covalima.

It will be a mixed group with university entrants, vocational training and senior secondary technical students. The scholarship program encourages gender equity and focuses on students from disadvantaged families.



Friends of Suai is seeking donations to fund 2018 candidates, if you can help please make a donation online.

It costs approximately $1000 to fund a scholarship but any amount is welcome.

Contact Details

c/- City of Port Phillip Private Bag No. 3

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.

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