Our Support for Timor Leste Lives On
Early in the year I attended the Graduation of Natalia Periera from the University of Newcastle. I was reminded of attending the graduation of her older sister Sara in 2005. Sara was sponsored by us, the Sisters and the University. Sara lived at the House of Hospitality. Both graduated with Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts.
Sara has really achieved so much after returning to Timor Leste. Initially she worked as a teacher but then moved into a health educator role with the Fred Hollows Foundation (NZ). In 2012 Sara gained a Master of Public Health from the University of NSW. Until this year Sara has been working with the Ministry of Health in the Timor Leste government.
We received the wonderful news earlier this year the Sara and her partner had welcomed a little daughter Manuela Madeira de Fatima Cardoso. Sara has spent her entire adult life caring for and supporting her seven siblings. Now at 35 years she has been able to concentrate on her own future.
Sara sends her love to all the Sisters and again thanks us for the opportunities we helped her achieve. Carmel Hanson rsj