The Australia Timor-Leste Advancement Society is a registered charity that was created to provide development assistance to communities in Timor-Leste that are disadvantaged or in poverty.
View our ATLAS profile at the national regulator of charities, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
ATLAS’s purposes specifically include:
- Establishing, monitoring and evaluating development projects within East Timor that are focused on educating local communities.
- Providing work skills and other assistance to enable recipients to set up a small self-sustaining business of their own.
- Assisting in the building and maintenance of educational facilities.
- Targeting assistance to specific disadvantaged groups to assist in transition into education or paid employment with the objective of those recipients becoming self-sustaining.
- Training in the development of skills including personal care, nutrition, drug and alcohol education, pregnancy, and similar skills.
- Vocational training support in areas such as hospitality, tourism, carpentry, health, mechanics, and other trade skills.
- Entering partnerships with local organisations that share the charity’s principal purpose of providing development assistance to communities in developing countries that are disadvantaged or in poverty.
The ATLAS Patrons are:
- Her Excellency Ms Inês Maria De Almeida, Ambassador to Australia
- Sr. Josephine Mitchell RSJ.
Board & Committee
The ATLAS Governing Board is chaired by:
- Gerald Kenneally, Paddy’s son.
The ATLAS Governing Board members include:
- Father Graham McIntyre
- Greg Mills B Sc., M, Mgt
- Paul McGrath
Our Management Committee include:
- Volunteers who bring their expertise in fundraising, charitable projects, knowledge of the Timorese people, hard work and plenty of enthusiasm: Josephine Mitchell, Noreen Nicoara, Stephen Dillon, Rayella Haines, Susan Connelly, Janet Borg, Chris Scarf.