2021-02-27 EAST TIMOR

FMSI raises funds for the reconstruction of a school in Baucau

FMSI has succeeded in raising funds for the construction of a primary school in Quelicai, Baucau (East Timor), thanks to the support of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) and the joint work with the Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS), which helps the brothers present in East Timor, promoters of this project.

The project will rebuild the entire Santa Terezinha primary school, belonging to the diocese of Baucau, whose infrastructure is in a state of emergency and is an imminent danger for the 450 students who attend it. This educational centre has been officially functioning since 1999, and the Marist Brothers accompany the educational activities.

The Bishop of Baucau, Don Basilio do Nascimento, has decided to build the school in its entirety on the lands of his diocese and has entrusted the work to the Marists “because over the years they have demonstrated their efficiency in the field of education”.

Brother Peter Sheehan, AMS Project Coordinator for East Timor, is the focal point and responsible for the organisation and management of this project. The AMS will also count on the effective collaboration of other Brothers present in the community.

In addition to the Italian Episcopal Conference and Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS), the project is also funded by the Kindermissionswerk and Aid to the Church in Need. The final completion of the work is estimated to take 8 months.

The Marist presence in the country is growing every day, thanks to the joint work of the brothers in Australia and Brazil. There are many Marist candidates and the Catholic Institute for the Formation of Teachers, run by the Marists, is an educational framework. The Australian Province has already approved the construction of a new Marist school.

FMSI is a Foundation established by the Marist Institute for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child. FMSI carries out its mission through advocacy and lobbying activities and projects in countries where there is a Marist presence.

AMS is the Marist Australian Province’s international relief and development agency for Asia and the Pacific Islands. It supports communities in 17 countries with long and short term development projects


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