• Education

One of the most important projects that Friends of Same support is Education.

Friends of Same currently support five scholarship students school fees,

as well as the provision and maintenance of school equipment.

Students Funded by Friends of Same in 2019

Former FoS Scholarship student

UNTL Animal Health Graduate Venancio

UNTL graduate in animal health studies Venancio won a scholarship to study horticulture at the Arava research station in Israel, (where our student Gabriella was previously).

Esther Anderson (Convenor) Scholarship students Students at Sao Miguel Primary

at COSAMAR (Colegio Sao Miguel Arcanjo)


Baucau Teachers' College


Donate Cash by Electronic Deposit

Tax deductible donations can be made via the Salesian Mission, who are overseeing our

scholarship program in East Timor.

Donations can be made to:

Commonwealth Bank Australia

367 Collins Street

Melbourne 3000

BSB 063003 a/c 00127879

Account name Australian Salesian Mission Overseas Aid Fund (A.S.M.O.A.F)

Please identify SAME Education as the recipient.


Direct Donations to Friends of Same

Donations can be made to the Friends of Same Inc (non-tax deductible).

Donations can be made direct to our Friends of Same Donation account at:

Bendigo Bank

BSB 633-000 a/c no 164 067 498

please note Education as the recipient.

or by cheque. For more information, telephone John (Treasurer) 03 9817 3722. Post cheques to Treasurer, Friends of Same, 32 Henry Street Hawthorn 3122.

Above is a photo of Abrao, one of the students at Baucau Teachers' College.

Another student Virgilio Cortereal from Same will also be a student there next year as he has passed the entrance exam.


Friends of Same's Graduates for 2017

Agricultural students

Gabriella Filmena

Animal Health Students

Isabel now has work rearing pigs and chickens

Venancio Isabel

Friends of Same Scholarship Program

Agricultural student Filomena doing fieldwork on her practical placement in Viqueque

Outcomes for Graduates of FoS Scholarship Program as of July 2013

  • Congratulations to Virginia Noronha Fatima who completed Computer Training at Youth Centre in SameOut of 31 students that graduated from the Friends of Same Scholarship Program13 went on to further study

  • 7 have paid employment

  • 6 are engaged in home duties or unemployed

  • 1 is volunteering

  • 5 are unknown or died

Students studying at COSAMAR School in Same

Escola Secundaria Colegio Sao Miguel Arcanjo, Same

(L-R teacher Mimi da Costa, Tomasia Pacheco Mendonca, Alcina Sarmento da Costa, Declino Fernandes da Costa and Bill Anderson)

Tomasia is in class 2 natural sciences (equivalent to year 11 here). Alcino and Declino are in Class 3,( equivalent to year 12) Tomasia is 17 , Declino is 16 and Alcina is 18. Alcina wants to study geology at UNTL next year and Declino wants to study medicine. Alcino has 5 brothers and sisters, Tomasia has 3 and Declino has 7.

They all send thanks to Friends of Same for allowing them to stay on at school this year. Their school grades are excellent and they are among the top students in their classes.

Creating opportunities for young people from Same to achieve their potential through education and training is a major ongoing priority.

Recent unrest in Timor-Leste has highlighted frustration with the lack of opportunity in education and employment for young people who make up the bulk of the population. Skills shortages, interrupted education and poorly developed education infrastructure pose major problems for the newly independent nation. Education and training programs are essential for effective capacity-building.

Educational Scholarships to Schools outside ManuFahi district

University Students at the National University

Gabriella and Filomena Francisco

A photo of the 3 students FoS supports at COSAMAR in Same

Donations needed to help fund new and existing Scholarships as well as providing education costs for the Fuan Nabilan (Visually Impaired) students

Tax Deductible Donations for the Friends of Same Education program can be made through the Australian Salesian Mission Overseas Aid Fund

Please state whether for ‘Same Vocational Scholarships’ or for ‘Same Visually Impaired Students’

Electronic Deposits:

Donations can be made to: Commonwealth Bank Australia, 367 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Account Name: Australian Salesian Mission Overseas Aid Fund

BSB: 063 003 Account No: 00127879

Swift Code: CTBAAU25 Or pay by cheque, Credit Card to Salesian Mission Office, PO Box 264, Ascot Vale, Vic

Tel: (03) 9377 6000 Email:

The Friends of Same education and training program was the initiative of a young East Timorese student studying at Swinburne TAFE in Hawthorn.

Cosme Ximenes attended Don Bosco Technical College and wanted others to have this opportunity.

Since 2004, Friends of Same has supported a growing number of students to attend well regarded educational institutions in Timor-Leste. The program initially focused on vocational secondary education at two senior technical colleges and recently has been expanded to include agricultural training and primary teacher training.

14 students from Same sub-district are currently studying at highly regarded colleges in Timor-Leste as a result of scholarships provided by Friends of Same. This includes

  • 10 students at the Salesian Sisters Vocational High School, Venilale,

  • 1 Student at Don Bosco Technical College Fatamaca

  • 1 in year three and two in year 2 at the Natabora Agricultural College.

  • Six students have been supported to go to University to study for a degree in Agricultural Studies, and one other is receiving supplementary support to go do similar University studies. They have all graduated from the Scholarship Program.

  • A total of 23 students have successfully completed their studies.

The program is supported in Australia by Br Michael Lynch of the Australian Overseas Salesian Mission. The District of Manufahi Superintendant for Education, the Salesian network and the principals of the Colleges support the program in East Timor, together with principals and teachers at local schools in the Same area. Students agree to return to Same after their studies.

Much of the funding for education is from donations or fundraising activities.