What is Friends of Maliana all about?
Where is Maliana
Maliana is in the Bobonaro Province of Timor Leste
Bobonara Province is on the border of Indonesia
Timor Leste is one of Australia's closest neighbours
Why are we Friends of Maliana
Maliana is a diocesan parish with a strong Salesian presence of priests, brothers and sisters
Maliana is one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest countries in the world
Without help, children and youth of the Parish struggle to gain the most basic education
Without an education and skill training you have little chance of employment
Maliana and Cailaco
Both part of the Bobonaro Province in Timor Leste, and the same Parish.
2023 fundraising event
The Maliana Art Show 8 & 9 July 2023 raised over $9,000
2022 fundraising event
Walking with Maliana 17 July 2022
On a beautiful sunny day, parishioners from our parish walked or ran in the ‘Sutherland 2 Surf’ annual fundraising event which raises funds for the Wanda Surf Life Saving Club and Wesley Mission’s Suicide Prevention Program. Our participants also walked to help raise funds for the people of Timor-Leste and in particular for the ongoing financial support for educational initiatives in Maliana with $2,155 raised.
Projects currently supported
The Bosco Social Justice Group has donated $15,000 to assist with furniture for a new Salesian Boarding College for 50 students in Cailaco, Timor Leste. Cailaco is part of the Parish of Maliana. A further $35,000 has been donated for the same project from the Parish Mission in Action Fund. Details about the Boarding School are contained on this LINK page.
Boarding School in Cailaco
In 2023, while awaiting the completion of the Boarding School in Cailaco, Friends of Maliana will continue to finance:
Since 2012, Friends of Maliana have supported the young women of Cailaco, providing year long scholarships for three young Cailaco women.
Projects we have supported in the past
Refurbishment of Chapel
Maintenance of the Maliana Primary School
Replaced roof on Preschool Building with new wooden trusses and zinc, replace ceiling, windows and doors for four rooms, tiled floor and added railing for verandah.
Excavate soil from back of school building to put on the primary school playground in preparation for landscaping.
Shipment of urgent medical supplies
to the Maliana Distract Hospital during Covid lockdown
Donation of medical supplies for the Maliana District Hospital
Distribution of rosary beads made by the parishioners of Engadine to the students in the Bosco Technical College run by the Salesians at Maumali (an outlying village of Maliana)
Provision of a three year teacher training scholarship at ICFP, Baucau, for a young man from Parish of Santa Cruz, Maliana
Fr Ernesto PP Maliana (white T-shirt) with some young parishioners at Mouliana, an outlying village in Maliana Parish.
Fr Belzito sjb with Kathleen and children of Mouliana
Fr Belzito sjb receiving the very first gift from the Engadine Bosco Community - net and volleyball equipment for the Haliko community, a small outlying village in Maliana Parish
Sisters Ernestino and Maria Vik, Salesian Sisters, with Fr Ernesto (PP Maliana) in Cailaco 2012
This gift of a traditional Timorese tais, woven by the young women for Hailiko
Kathleen Le Gras passed away on 24 January 2023, and will always be fondly remembered