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Order of Malta Australia


Inauguration Ceremony for the new orphanage at Hera


On 29 April an Inauguration Ceremony was held for the opening of a new orphanage in Hera. The construction of the orphanage was funded by the Order of Malta and will be operated by the Dominican Sisters of Timor-Leste.

 The ceremony was attended by the First lady of Timor-Leste, Srª Isabel Ferreira Ruak, Father Santiago Gonzalez OP and Members of the Order, Ambassador David Scarf AM and Confrere Collin Yap, who identified the project and raised the money to fund the build through Members of the Order in Singapore.

 The orphanage will be home to 22 boys from the ages of 8 to 26 years. The new building is a stark contrast to their previous home on the same site – a zinc roofed dormitory with incomplete bathrooms and toilets and where the children slept two to a single sponge mattress on the floor.

 Farming and crop growing were already underway at the site, providing the Orphanage with food security and developing practical skills amongst the children.

 Without the Orphanage, it is likely that many of the children would be living on the street. Thankfully these children are able to finish high school, with some going on to University.

 View our gallery of photos from the opening ceremony:

Other galleries:

Ground Breaking ceremony at orphanage in Hera

Project update. Pictures from the construction site (Jan 14)

Project update: Picture from the construction site as the orphaange nears completion


Learn more about our recent activities in Timor-Leste:

 Delivery of Medicines to medical clinics

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.