Support Matadalan Ba Malu

Thanks to the generous support of RMIT English Worldwide, Matadalan Ba Malu has been able to offer a limited number of tuition-free placements each year to successful candidates. However, the costs associated with this program extend well beyond the tuition component and we must undertake community fundraising in order to cover the travel and living expenses of each candidate. 

You can make a donation by depositing directly into our MBM account:

  • Commonwealth Bank

  • Account Name: The English Worldwide Scholarship for East Timorese Women Committee

  • BSB: 06 3262 and Account Number: 1061 0026

If you donate via this method, please email If you require a receipt please let us know.

Larger donations may be tax deductible through the RMIT Foundation. To discuss this option or for more information please feel free to contact us. 

Watch a short film about the MBM program

The day included live performances by local favourite 'Full Fat' and Melbourne based sister band 'Taylor Project,' at Wild Thyme Cafe. Door prizes included White Rabbit beer, a Holy Cow Chai hamper and original works of photography. Catering was generously donated by Hot Rod's Roasts. Two of this year's program participants, Juvita Periera and Ana Guterres were also present to farewell their friends and thank their supporters. MBM appreciates the support of the many people who helped make the afternoon a success.

"An afternoon of great food, excellent music and good will in support of the education of East Timorese Women."

Book Launch November 2012

In November 2012 The Centre for Global Research (formerly the Globalism Research Centre) launched its latest Local-Global Journal titled 'Traversing Customary Community and Modern Nation-Formation in Timor-Leste'.  Launching the book was academic Anne Brown from the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland. A large turnout was received and throughout the night Matadalan Ba Malu presented on the scholarship program, ran a raffle for a Yarra Valley produce hamper and sought donations and support for the program. The night delivered a much appreciated financial contribution to the program and assisted in identifying new homestay hosts for future participants.

A Christmas Campaign December 2012

Calling upon the program's past and current supporters the committee launched a Christmas campaign selling hand made Christmas cards. Marketing the cards as an alternative to a Christmas of endless consumerism, people were encouraged to purchase on behalf of a loved one to support our 2013 applicants.  

Making the cards from a variety of fabrics, bamboo and designer paper each was unique and personalised. Included in each card was an original photo taken by volunteer members of moments they had captured and people they had met throughout their travels to Timor-Leste over the past several years. Also included was a letter of thanks, a receipt of donation and a brief introduction to the participants donators were supporting to undertake the program.

Market Stalls 2012 and 2013

Volunteer members set about seeking donations of unwanted clothes and household items from friends, family and program supporters. All donations were sorted and then sold at The Campberwell Market. The response from those wishing to donate their unwanted items was overwhelming and the fundraiser not only made good use of unwanted items but managed to raise a humble amount to contribute to the funds raised for 2013.

The fundraisers undertaken in 2012/early 2013 were successful in reaching the target funds to cover additional expenses for the 2013 participants and also ensured additional emergency money was there for the committee and women to access during the program.


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