Beth Brown (US)


Fidesco volunteer back from mission on December 2014Teacher, social worker with Catholic Charities (Caritas) in Dili.

My main responsibility was writing proposals to help Caritas Dili obtain funding for their projects. Writing successful proposals required a wealth of knowledge and a “crash course” in terms and concepts like “Capacity Assessments”, “sub-sub-recipients”, “Gantt Charts” and “logframes”, (logistical frameworks). Our departments were widely varied, including health awareness campaigns for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, agriculture, erosion control and social assistance.


While I am not a professional grant-writer, I find that putting together a proposal was a lot like working a jigsaw puzzle: all the pieces are there, I just had to make them fit in the right places. To create these proposals, I was drawing on my experience in everything from creative and journalistic writing, to Photoshop and computerized graphic design principles, to Administrative staff motivation, and all the way back to Girl Scouts Arts & Crafts. Sometimes, I felt like a contestant on the TV show, “Jeopardy”:  “Alex, I’ll take ‘Reforestation’ for $800”. When I used to watch that program with my Mom, she always asked me, “How do you know all those answers?” I could not give her an answer; I think I am just partially an intellectual sponge.

I found myself deeply involved in the structure of the proposal, not just translating Tetun to English.


Dear friends,

As the world continues to deal with the pandemic of the Covid 19 virus, the

United States is now confronted with the virus of anti-Black Racism that permeates

the history of our country. How can we stop the spread and treat it? What is the cure?

Fidesco acknowledges this grave sin of white supremacy and recommit to our work

to fight for the equal dignity of all in every place where we serve—including the

lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

May we not let God down!

We pray for all our sisters and brothers of color who are victims of racism and may

our actions bring about change for the better.


The Board Members of Fidesco USA

                 “At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace.”

                                         (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)