A true Cinderella Story

Let me tell you about Cinderella Dulcia….

A young Dulcia arrived at Maluk Timor employed as our cook and cleaner. Dulcia was great at both of these jobs – enthusiastic and helpful.

But there was more to Dulcia than her delicious food.

One of our special ‘Malae’ volunteer administrators – Jo Reading noticed her strength and ability with numbers.

I was able to procure some sponsors from our local community in WA. Pauline Ward was the treasurer from the Anglican opportunity shop in Jurien Bay, Western Australia, who we had asked to
kindly sponsor mana Dulcia for her business and accounting degree back in about 2018.

This second hand clothes/bric-a-brac shop is faithfully run by an volunteers of the Anglican Church in Jurien Bay and they donate the proceeds to various charities. They are true angels.

We are all very excited that Dulcia has graduated as an accountant and has gained so much studying whilst working for Maluk Timor.

We thank the administration of Maluk Timor for allowing her to continue her studies and have work flexible hours.

Her sponsors who are all extremely proud of Mana Dulcia could probably tell similar stories being all in their mid 70’s now.

Leaving school at a young ages, working hard in domestic situations, washing, cleaning and caring for others children and families, working hard to save to get back to school at a later age and eventually
graduating in their twenties, or later by sheer determination.

My own mother has this same story, and is perhaps a large part of why we were eager to find Dulcia the means to follow her dream of pursuing her strengths and being able to provide for her family.

A very large thanks also goes to Maun Tomas, her mentor and the reliable, steady hand guiding her through her role.

He voluntarily helped us facilitate the administration of her scholarship donation, keeping it in the same envelope in the safe at Maluk Timor so we could ensure there was no external pressure on her to access the finances set aside for her study.

He allocated money appropriately for units, graduation, and certificates. Thank you so much Maun Tomas, for your unwavering support of Mana Dulcia over the last 4 years: you are an exemplary role model for her.

Thank you for your stewardship Maun Tomas, it is very much appreciated, this system would not have worked without your help.

It is with great pleasure that we say a final congratulations, parabens.

With warmest wishes,

Dr Bethany

Help us do even more

Even though healthcare in Timor-Leste has improved, there is still so much more to do.  

A small amount of money goes a long way with the per person health budget less than US$100 per year. 


Covers the cost of petrol for a month so a healthcare worker can provide home visits around Dili.

$58 p/month

in 12 months

Covers the cost of running a nutrition referral project in one community healthcare centre.

$650 p/month

Covers the full cost to employ a nurse who can help deliver our programs.