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 the poorest community in the poorest country in the world
Without help, children and youth of the Parish struggle to gain the most basic education
Without an education and skill training youth have little chance of employment
Upcoming fundraising events
Walking with Maliana 17 July 2022
Our fundraising focus this year is to raise enough to be able to send girls from Maliana to Dili to partake in a dressmaking/sewing course. While undertaking this course they need funds for accommodation, food, purchasing sewing machines and haberdashery. After completing their course they will bring the machine back to their village and be able to make a living from sewing.
Projects currently supported
Boarding School in Cailaco
The Salesian Sisters in Cailaco, Maliana are commencing to build a boarding school for children who currently walk many kilometres to the village for education. The boarding school will provide safe accommodation for these students. A generous donor has contributed the cost of construction.
Friends of Maliana have donated $15,000 toward fit out and equipment and the Mission in Action Fund donated another $35,000.
In mid 2018, the Cailaco Salesian Sisters contacted us with a new proposal. A significant number of young women from outlying areas of Maliana have little or no education. The sisters had decided that sewing courses should be offered in outlying Cailaco. The aim of the sewing course is to provide young women with work skills.
Sr Virgilia asked us if we would be able to fund the rental of a house for the school as well as the teachers’ salaries. So since 2018 we have been enabling the Salesian Sisters to run their sewing school by funding both the building, the teachers and the provision of sewing machines.
Since 2012, Friends of Maliana have supported the young women of Cailaco, providing year long scholarships for four young Cailaco women in office management and dressmaking in the Morano Centre in the distant town of Fuiloro.
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 Maliana Hospital during Covid lockdown
Donation of medical goods for the clinic
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