First Lady of Timor-Leste to be patron to Order of Malta projects to support orphans and young people
“They contacted me to be patron for the Order of Malta in Timor-Leste to support Carmelita Congregation nuns to support orphans and young people”.
Ms. Ferreira said as the First Lady of the country she wanted to support Order of Malta due to their commitment to support people in the area of health and education.
“We as citizens have moral obligation to contribute to social activities like those implemented by the Order of Malta.” she said.
The high number of orphans in Timor-Leste are a result of high mortality rates of mothers in childbirth and basic poverty preventing families from supporting extra children. The state welfare system of the country depends on religious congregations to care for these children and they play a vital role in society. The Order have been involved with a construction project of the orphanage at Hera and an orphanage in the town of Maubara.
The Order of Malta is now facilitating the construction of a Carmelite Home for Young Women and a Community Centre in the capital Dili. This building will eventually be the home for the orphans who have ‘outgrown’ the Maubara orphanage and who wish to continue their education to high school and university.