Teeki in Timor


Crowdfunding Update: NO CHANGE!                                                               5 donations – $310 – 9 days left to offer your help…                                     C35 may not fly without it.

INTRO: Nateeka, 27, is a teacher from Geraldton in WA. Her Dad built the Hiam Health Malnutrition Centre in DILI. 

“I have been involved with work in Timor-Leste for 12 years, since I first visited on a school Mission trip.           I moved to Atauro Island, Timor Leste at the beginning of 2016. I’m funded by various individuals within my home church in Gerladton & the wider Christian Church in Australia. I work with Fundação Fitun Esperança (FFE) – Star of Hope Foundation.”

“FFE is a Non-Government Organisation that aims to provide a quality education for students in rural areas. The organisation has established four Pre-schools in three villages – Macadade, Maquer & Vila on Atauro Island for students aged three to six.                                            The Pre-schools benefit children in these remote areas, providing access to early education, with long term goals to extend into Primary school, & eventually High school.

Currently the Pre-schools accommodate 160 children – 76 in Macadade, 50 in Vila, & 34 in Maquer – with eight teachers on staff (one Public Employee & 7 government contract workers).

 Programs in teacher training have taken place with teams visiting from Australia & a previous long term volunteer, specialising in education.”

“The organisation also provides further education programs for children & adults, through Computer & English courses, & hopes to set up piano teaching when resources are available. A mini library has also been set up in order to meet the needs of the teachers & students within the Vila community.”

“Within the organisation I teach English classes to high school & adult students, according to the need within the community.


It’s my hope to work closer with the teachers in time, as my English program develops & becomes a little more “second nature”.” – Nateeka

Nateeka received a load of our donations to take to Atauro Island. Atauro often misses out on many things as the ferry to get there, and to get everything there, runs only once a week. “As life is in Timor – nothing can happen in a rush.”

Nateeka will be a great help with coordinating donations to the Island.

“Today I have the exciting task of sharing the things with the teachers here. It’s been a long time coming because of transporting the things over to the island & now catching up with the teachers.”

“I gave the boxes of teaching gear to the teacher on Friday. She was just delighted! We had a little look through together & I explained what some things are for. A bunch of the kids came in to watch what was going on.”

“I was also given several medical books. These I gave to my neighbour who is a nurse. He was very pleased when I offered them to him.” – Nateeka


‘Virtual Walk Through the Wildlife Corridor’


AGM & Public meeting                    2pm to 5pm                                    Sunday April 30th 2017                  Cockburn Wetlands Centre            Hope Road, Bibra Lake.

A presentation by Renata Zelinova; Local Biodiversity Manager at Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) with many years of experience in advocating for urban bushland protection.