Over the last 20 years, Carmelites have been increasing their mission to serve those in need in the Southeast Asian country of Timor-Leste. One aspect of this mission supports students who would otherwise be unable to continue their education by covering the prohibitive costs of university study.

Offering scholarships to enable hardworking students to earn community-enriching degrees allows those involved with the Society of the Little Flower to continue St. Therese’s mission, her ‘Little Way’. Through her life, St. Therese made her every action, even the smallest, an act of love. Her aim was to help everyone as if she was helping Christ Himself. This aspiration is at the heart of the Society of the Little Flower and serves as the motivation for its involvement in projects such as this.

Below are some of the uplifting stories from recipients of Carmelite Scholarships. We hope you enjoy reading about these remarkable young students who are working hard to improve their lives and, in turn, their communities. From Zelia, whose parents did not see the benefit of furthering women’s education, to Reinha who is driven to use her degree to support whole families to live healthily; each student’s story is uniquely inspiring.

To make a one-off or monthly payment to allow the Society of the Little Flower to continue to support projects such as the Carmelite Scholarship Program, please click here.