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Order of Malta Australia


Members of the Order in Australia respond to floods in Suai, Timor-Leste


The Australian Association is committed to helping the people of Timor-Leste where there is such great opportunity to assist “Our Lords the Poor and the Sick”.

Floods caused by continuous torrential rains fall for two weeks in the Suai District of Timor-Leste have resulted in loss of life and major damage to property.  Members of the Order in the Northern Territories responded immediately to assist the humanitarian aid effort

Pictured: Member of the Order, Maria Randazzo with clothing for flood victims

Members Carlo and Maria Randazzo, organised 300 items of clothing for men, women and children affected by the floods. The Order will be working in collaboration with other agencies to distribute the clothes to those in greatest need.

The wider relief effort has also seen NGOs operating in the area combine their efforts to ensure humanitarian aid, including food supplies, tarpaulins, kitchen utensils and mosquito nets, get to  those affected, with the most needy being 74 household requiring urgent assistance.

The longer term implications of the floods have yet to be fully assessed. An estimated 610 hectares of rice paddies has been affected. This will have huge consequences for the local population as rice growing is the main food source and livelihood for economic subsistence. Drinking water is a major problem because water from springs and wells is not safe in inhabited areas.

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.