Ermera is the name of a district in East Timor, and also a town in that district. Ermera is a mountainous region with a temperate climate and distinct wet and dry seasons. Most of the population work in agriculture, predominantly growing and harvesting coffee. Ermera is one of the most beautiful districts in East Timor with spectacular mountain and river scenery, waterfalls, hot water springs, wildlife and friendly, hospitable people.
History & aim of the friendship city relationship
In 2004, the City of Casey established a friendship link with Ermera in East Timor. A formal Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation between the City of Casey and the District of Ermera. In entering this agreement, the City of Casey sought to assist in the re-building of Ermera and facilitate community-to-community links with Ermera.
Like most other districts in East Timor, Ermera suffered terrible destruction of life and property at the time of the Independence vote in August 1999. A humanitarian need arose for neighbouring communities to step forward and provide assistance.
Casey has a large East Timorese community and many refugees settled in Casey have come from the Ermera district.
Friendship city activities
The Friends of Ermera, a community-based group of concerned citizens of the City of Casey, formed in 2002 with the aim of helping the people of Ermera, to rebuild their lives and communities. The primary focus is the provision of education and training throughout the District and to respond to the needs and priorities in Ermera. Projects and programs to build the skills of the people of Ermera include:
- School and Kindergarten building
- Youth leadership programs
- Casey-Ermera Community Radio
- Casey-Ermera Friendship Schools
- Water supply rehabilitation
- Teacher training
- Scholarship program
- Women's groups
The City of Casey and Friends of Ermera have worked on a number of projects such as: teacher exchange and professional development programs; providing sewing machines to women’s groups; sending second hand soccer boots for use by children and young people; supporting friendship links between local schools and kindergartens.
Several local Casey schools and kindergartens have friendship links with a school or kindergarten in Ermera. Support is provided in areas such as professional development for teachers, teacher exchanges, literacy packs, curriculum development, rehabilitation of buildings and sports facilities. City of Casey schools involved include Kambrya College, Beaconhills College Village Campus, Eumemmerring Secondary College Glen Eagles Campus, Fountain Gate Secondary College, St Paul’s Apostle North Primary School, St Paul’s Apostle South Primary School, Strathaird Primary School and Woodbine Road Kindergarten.
A link to the Friends of Ermera brochure is available at : Friends-of-Ermera-Brochure.pdf (417kb)