The town of Zumalai is the centre of the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which comprises some 36 villages which serve as mass centres. There are about 17,000 parishioners (Timor-Leste is 95% Catholic).
In the main centre of Zumalai, the Carmelites are providing resources for the people of the region. There is a primary school with 268 students, health clinic, youth centre and workshop, together with a boarding house which currently enables 27 children from outlying areas to attend school in Zumalai.
The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Zumalai
Parish Primary School
Farming pigs at Zumalai helps provide food and skills for local people
Simple house in Zumalai for Carmelites
The mechanical and wood workshop at Zumalai provide a source of income
and employment for local people
The new medical clinic at Zumalai
This spring at Zumalai provides the only source of water for drinking and washing
For further information about the Carmelites in Timor-Leste, please contact:
75 Wright Street
Middle Park Vic 3205
Telephone: (03) 9699 1922
Fax: (03) 9699 1944