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Order of Malta Australia


My name is Cidalia, I want to be a journalist and I have a sponsor!


Creating Leaders is an Order of Malta scholarship program in Timor-Leste. The Scholarships support underprivileged children, many of whom are orphans, to participate in formal continuing education.

Cidalia  is the latest child to be sponsored. She lives in Bebonuk with her three siblings and her parents who work as housekeepers/gardeners. Thanks to sponsorship, she is part of the Creating Leaders Scholarship program and is able to study at Externato Sao Jose, where her favourite subject at school is Biology. When she graduates she dreams of becoming a Journalist.

Outside of school, she enjoys playing basketball and singing in a choir.

One of the Scholarship ‘s Guiding Principles is that the children are encouraged to use this opportunity to assist others where possible. Already Cidalia is practicing this by teaching other children to read. She is such an inspiring student to have in the program.

Cidalia has also greatly enjoys gathering with the other Creating Leader’s Scholarship students and is excited about further meetings with her ‘Order of Malta family’.

Sponsoring a child like Cidalia costs $70 a month

Want to learn more about Creating Leaders? Visit our Creating Leaders page or download the Creating Leaders Brochure 

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.