''I will spend my heaven by doing good on Earth'' St. Therese of Lisieux

Throughout the 800+ years of the Carmelites, helping those in need has been an integral part of our history. Thanks to a legacy gift made last year to the Society of the Little Flower, students from Timor-Leste have been able to remain in education and earn a degree which, in turn, will enable them to go on to help countless others in their community. This expansive effect allows those involved with the Society of the Little Flower to continue St. Therese’s mission, her ‘Little Way’.

Carmelites support students who would otherwise be unable to continue their education. By earning a degree, scholarship students have more opportunities to build sustainable, meaningful and happy lives for themselves, their children and the people they help as a result of their careers.

Over the last 20 years, Carmelites have been increasing their mission to serve those in need in the Southeast Asian country of Timor-Leste. Over this time, the focus has been on supporting young people to access both formal and informal educational and other life skill opportunities. The Carmel Impact project was established in 2020 to continue this work. The mission in Timor-Leste instigates change by developing schools; by opening a boarding house for children who would not otherwise be able to attend a local school; by offering scholarships at secondary and tertiary levels; and by supporting community building and leadership opportunities for young people. Each of these programs help students to cultivate the confidence and capacity to manage and develop their own lives productively and to live and work effectively as a community.

Below are some of the inspiring stories from the Carmelite scholarship students of Timor-Leste, some of whom have been funded through a dedicated legacy gift. Could you help support students to continue their education? To make a one-off or monthly donation to projects such as the Carmelite Scholarship Program, click here. To find out more about legacy gifts, click here.