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Order of Malta Australia


The Intergenerational Sewing Project at Santa Teresa


The Spirituality Centre at Santa Teresa, in conjunction with the Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School, runs a very successful Intergenerational Sewing Workshop, with Order of Malta member, Cons. Nicole Johnson serving as project coordinator.

The workshops aim to assist women in the small Arrernte township about 80 kilometres south-east of Alice Springs, by providing a safe space for older women to mentor younger women; interacting together while engaged in meaningful, purposeful activity. The participants also develop sewing skills that can create products to meet the needs of the community or be sold at the Spirituality Centre to provide an income for either the participants or the project itself.

The project, also supported by the Good Samaritan Sisters Foundation, launched in 2022 following a successful appeal for equipment, which resulted in over 40 sewing machines and sewing accessories being donated. The workshops begin at 9am and finish well after 5pm, with many participants, including school-aged students, working all day.

Cons. Nicole Johnson, says the workshops have had instant positive effects in the community. “Some students who have been absent and inconsistent in their schooling, re-engaged not only in these workshops, but it motivated them to increase their attendance in other areas of their education,” she says. “It was fantastic to have their grandmothers, mothers and aunties engaged in mentoring.”

“Six Secondary students have re-engaged in the Certificate 1 in Retail while participating in the sewing program. Over the summer school break, they continued their retail employment in the local store.

Members in the Northern Territory continue to support the project by purchasing fabric for the workshop, with three workshops planned in 2023.

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.