How You Can Help

There are two key ways in which YOU can help Klibur Domin. We rely on the monetary donations of supporters, as well as the assistance of international volunteers.

Klibur Domin, through Ryder-Cheshire Australia, relies on your support to continue assisting the people of Timor-Leste. Your donation will go towards supporting Klibur Domin's main three programs, and which make very real differences in people’s lives. Please consider supporting us!

You can donate online to the Ryder-Cheshire Overseas Aid Fund. The Ryder-Cheshire Australian Overseas Aid Fund is a Deductible Gift Recipient (ABN 15 362 991 732) and all donations of $2 and over from within Australia are tax deductible.

For more information about donating, please click here.

Though first established by Australians, Klibur Domin is now managed by more than 30 local Timorese staff; a noteworthy achievement. International volunteers continue to assist in a range of advisory and practical roles, for varying lengths of time, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. There have been over 150 such volunteers to date, and there are also opportunities for university students seeking internships or placements.

To read about the experiences of past volunteers, click here
For more information about volunteering at Klibur Domin, please click here, or please contact the Volunteers' Co-Ordinator, Susie Mackerras, at

Why Volunteer? 

Volunteers are needed at Klibur Domin to support the work of the local staff many of whom are still acquiring the skills needed in their rapidly developing society.

It’s not hard to make a difference. The smallest act of caring can mean a smile, a touch or a look which will go straight to your heart and show that what you are doing has made a difference to that person’s day, week or year. Not only can you make a difference to those you are caring for, you will make a difference in your own life. In meeting people with different cultural, social and linguistic backgrounds, you will realise a unique opportunity to expand your horizons and develop personal skills. Volunteering can help you in your chosen career, or perhaps identify a new one. It’s about facing challenges and finding unexpected inner resources you didn’t know you had. Volunteering is full of opportunities, not certainties.

Depending on timing, at Klibur Domin you can work with the Inpatients Program, in the Respite Centre or the Community Based Rehabilitation Program (see “Programs” and Facilities” to see what work is carried out in these areas). One of the most important areas you can help with is Administration work. If you can use a computer there is always something that can be found for you to do.

There are not many requirements to volunteer at Klibur Domin. The most important and valuable skills you can bring are a positive attitude, a willingness to help wherever it is required, an open mind and compassion.

“Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world of your own. Your brothers are here too.” Albert Schweitzer.

Susie Mackerras
Overseas Volunteers' Co-ordinator
Ryder-Cheshire Australia