Liberating Lives in Timor Leste

St Laurence’s College is proud to work with the Edmund Rice Foundation Australia (ERFA) and Comunidade Edmund Rice (CER) to support health, education and development projects in Timor Leste, one of our closest neighbours in the Asia-Pacific.

Over the last 20 years, the program has worked with remote village communities in Dili, Timor Leste, to collaborate and to provide responses to local needs, education, health and improved food security.

The legacy from the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers’ leadership and donor support is momentous. Impact includes: 

  • A vocational training centre at the Timor city of Gleno, which is now the full responsibility of the government
  • A coffee growing project which is now the full responsibility of local coffee farmers 
  • Access to water, enabled through partnerships with local villages, that is now managed by local NGOs
  • Solar power that has been installed in the villages through Inverell Rotary
  • Building skills that have been acquired by locals to improve home construction and maintenance.

In the area of education, nine Tekas (pre-schools) and three schools have been built, renovated and maintained in the five villages. Work will continue with teachers to be provided with further training in classroom practices and the national curriculum and new learning materials to be provided for classrooms. The work into the future will build on hiring and training teachers from local communities, which has increased a sense of ownership and improved local economies.

Faith in Action, and supporting and empowering those less fortunate, is an important part of the College ethos, and our foundation as an Edmund Rice School. St Laurence’s College looks forward to continuing to work with the ERFA to support this important humanitarian work on Timor Leste.

For more information about the Edmund Rice Foundation, please visit erf.org.au.