COVID 19 restrictions resulted in nearly all students in Timor Lestè having to return to their home village; and this was compounded by destructive monsoonal storms.

All at Across the Timor Sea were very concerned about the enormity of the problems. Also, how it would impact on students’ future academic progress.

However, we were reassured that with ‘isolation’ restrictions, the residents of Ailalec would be much safer there ~ isolated already, high in the mountains. So, we were gratified to receive the news that Across the Timor Sea scholarship students were safe and well; and were now able to return to school.

The Across the Timor Sea Students were finally able to receive their Backpacks.