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Sponsor A College Student

One of the most important services Topu Honis provides for its members is the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education. Since 2002, Topu Honis has worked to secure college sponsorships for its brightest high school graduates. As of 2012, 18 members have attended university. The sponsors for these students have most often been United Nations employees working in Timor-Leste. But as the UN presence is decreasing, Topu Honis is losing its pool of new potential sponsors. Recent and upcoming graduates are left with no ability to attend college unless Topu Honis is able to find new sponsors.

$2,000/year for 4 years (the price of a sponsorship) is a lot of money for one family. But, if several families pull together, sponsoring a young person is affordable! We are looking to find groups of families like church communities, co-workers, extended families, neighborhoods, or clubs to work together and sponsor an individual for college.

Students choose between two universities in two Indonesian cities, Kupang or Keifa. They major in a variety of fields, but most have chosen agriculture, government relations, computer science, or engineering.  This education will lead Topu Honis members to careers that will serve their country and contribute to its development.


How it works

Interested groups should contact Fr. Richard or Cate Johnson (volunteer) to choose a student. We will provide you with brief bios of sponsorship candidates. Once chosen, the sponsor (or group of sponsors) sends the money directly to the student’s bank account in Indonesia. The student and director of Topu Honis will provide regular updates to the sponsors about the student’s progress. If the student progresses well, the sponsors will continue to provide $2,000/year for the remainder of the 4-year commitment. Some sponsors also choose to raise extra money to allow the student to purchase a laptop computer and/or additional spending money.

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