Your gift can give these children an opportunity for further education.
Encouragement House story began with a chance meeting between Robert Dickson and Deo da Costa in the early 2000’s. Their friendship, although beginning in Timor Leste through an Opportunity International initiative, flourished when Robert and Elizabeth Dickson opened their home to Deo so he could complete tertiary studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Deo’s dream was to provide a safe place in Maliana, Timor Leste, where children from his remote village could come to continue their secondary school studies. His experience as a young man had been to live, unsupervised in Maliana, caring for himself, while he completed his high school years. Robert and Elizabeth Dickson, along with John Shadforth and the Encouragement Foundation, began a lifelong friendship with Deo that
would see this dream come to fruition in 2007.