A Very Special Afternoon Tea - Alola Foundation


The team at WOGS attended a Very Special Afternoon Tea at Windsor Hotel in support of Alola Foundation and their MILK campaign.  Alola Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded by former First Lady of Timor-Leste, Kirsty Sword Gusmao, in 2001 supporting women and children to improve their lives and communities in Timor-Leste.  WOGS have been long supporters of Alola.   Their annual MILK campaign is to raise funds for their Maternal and Child health programs.  The special afternoon tea event featured the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Kirsty Sword Gusmão as guest speakers

Women and children in Timor-Leste face great challenges. The Alola Foundation has played an important role in these improvements through its Child and Maternal Health program.  From MILK campaign latest brochure:

  • 1 in 16 Timorese children die before their 5th birthday, compared to 1 in 200 Australian children 
  • Between 2003 and 2010, 42% of Timorese women who died in the 15-49 age group, died from pregnancy related causes, compared to 0.6% Australian women
  • one third of women in Timor-Leste have no access to antenatal care
  • only half of the women in Timor-Leste have a formal education.

The good news is the situation for women and children in Timor-Leste is steadily improving:

  • the birth rate has dropped from 7.1 to 5.7 children per woman since 2003
  • the child mortality rate has reduced from 83 to 64 deaths per 1000 since 2003
  • rates of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months have increased from 31% in 2003 to 52% in 2010
  • Timor-Leste is one of the few countries on track to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal No. 4 to reduce under-5 mortality by twothirds
  • by 2015.
You can help us to support Alola Foundation by donating through their website.