COVID-19 emergency: Aileu, Timor-Leste

Friends of Aileu, supported by Moreland and Hume City Councils, stands in solidarity with the people of Aileu, Timor-Leste, as they meet the challenge of managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like the more vulnerable community members in Moreland and Hume, our friends in Aileu are facing many challenges as they adjust to the demands of managing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The restrictions  on association and movement adopted under the national State of Emergency are even more difficult for people living in rural areas of Timor-Leste, with a heavy reliance on local agriculture and difficult access to local and capital city markets, where there are less well-developed community services, and where reliable access to clean water is very limited.

The pandemic and State of Emergency is severely limiting the ability of many households to gain the small cash incomes essential for buying household commodities such as rice, oil, salt and sugar.

All funds raised will be used to support initiatives of the people of Aileu to address urgent medical and livelihood support needs resulting from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly targeting those experiencing disadvantages such as poverty and isolation.

The funds will be managed by Friends of Aileu's partners, including the Aileu Municipal Administration, Aileu Municipal Health Service and authorised community-based organisations. The specific needs that this fundraising campaign will help address are currently being discussed with these partners.

Some initial support has already been given by Friends of Aileu from the limited funds we had on hand, however, there are many urgent issues to be addressed.  

The activities outlined below will give some indication of how the funds raised in this campaign may be used.

Friends of Aileu has already responded to a call from the Aileu Municipal Health Service for support in establishing a COVID-19 quarantine facility and distributing much needed medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the remote rural Health Posts with a donation of $4,000. 

The Arte Mambai Rai Husar youth group, one of Aileu's many community-based organisations complementing the efforts of the local COVID-19 Task Force, is already using $1,300 from arts funding from Friends of Aileu to distribute PPE and essential household supplies, direct to needy families and through rural youth groups.
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    • $10 
    • 19 mos
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    • $42 
    • 20 mos
  • Katie Rule 
    • $53 
    • 21 mos
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    • $43 
    • 21 mos
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    • $40 
    • 24 mos
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