There are many ways you can establish a relationship with a community in East Timor. Below is a small selection of case studies for inspiration. Please contact us via the form under Who We Are if you would like your community featured here.
Blue Mountains NSW and Hato Builico
In November 2007, the Blue Mountains partnered with Hato
Builico, one of the four Sub-Districts of Ainaro District. It is
located inland on the slopes of Mount Ramelau, southwest of
The Friendship Committee is committed to working in the areas of
community centre refurbishment, sustainable economic development,
health and wellbeing, education and training.
The Friendship Committee also works in collaboration with other
organisations of the Blue Mountains working in East Timor
The Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters: a
volunteer group of women who raise funds for projects in East Timor
under the guidance of East Timorese women. For further information
please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Image: Signing the Friendship Agreement on 30 November 2007.
Darebin & Yarra VIC and Baucau
The Friends of Baucau is a community initiative run by Darebin
and Yarra councils in Melbourne, which works with the people of
Baucau in East Timor to assist them with rebuilding their community
A recent project was the opening of the Baucau Buka Hatene
(Friendship and Learning Centre) in June 2004. The centre delivers
programs and services including a language program, a youth
program, a women's resource room, small business support and a
Fundraising work is pivotal for the work of
Friends of Baucau. The group hosts numerous events and holds many
stalls, at which they sell coffee, tais,
chocolate crocodiles and salt, with all funds raised used to assist
communities in Baucau.
Image: District Administrator of Baucau Marito Reis and former
Mayor of Yarra Sue Corby sign the Friendship Agreement.
Manly NSW and Oecusse
In July 2008, as part of East Timor President José Ramos-Horta's
visit to Sydney, Manly Council entered into a formal Friendship
Agreement with the district of Oecusse in East Timor.
As part of the agreement, Manly Council sponsors the Youth
in Action Green Games by providing sporting equipment,
trophies, and transportation for the event as well as paying for
the remediation of the sportsgrounds and for local referees to
oversee the games. More than one quarter of the population of
Oecusse turn out to watch the games.
The Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay said it was logical for
Manly Council to get involved with the competition. "Here in Manly
we are very proud of our sporting traditions. The Green Games in
Oecusse provided us with an opportunity to extend the hand of
friendship but to also encourage young people to get active and get
involved with this great community event."
Image: President José Ramos-Horta and former Manly Mayor Peter
MacDonald sign the Friendship City agreement.
Moreland VIC and Aileu
Moreland and Hume City Councils set up a friendship city
relationship with Aileu in East Timor in 2000.
In 2007-2008, Friends of Aileu provided 21 tertiary scholarships
to students in Aileu. Ten secondary scholarships are also made
available each year for students attending junior secondary school
who wish to proceed to senior high school, but whose parents are
too poor to pay for their education.
The Councils' citizens' service centres sell East Timor coffee
for $6.50 for a 250 gram pack, with all proceeds going to the
community of Aileu.
Friends of Aileu is also supporting the Aileu Resource and
Training Centre, providing funds for the renovation and
equipping of the Centre, including provsion of an Internet
connection. It has also agreed to support the development of an
English language training program at the Centre.