Timor Leste

More than 50% of children are malnourished in Timor Leste. We’ve been partnering with the people of Timor Leste and the New Zealand Aid Programme since 1995.


  • Population1,269,000
  • Villages442
  • Temp27°C
Drought and poor climate conditions render the people to Timor Leste unable to grow crops for several months every year. Coupled with a lack of diverse food and poor health access, malnutrition is often untreated and leaves lasting effects on children’s physical and mental development.

Other challenges include the degradation of forests and water from climate change, population growth, and intensive grazing. The country's struggles for independence destroyed most of the infrastructure and economy. Timor-Leste ranks 133 on the Human Development Index, placing it in the category of the least developed countries on earth.
 

We are working to build communities where children can thrive in Timor Leste. We have already achieved great things.

people now have access to clean water through the construction of four gravity-fed water systems in Baucau
of farmer groups in Bobonaro are practicing soil conservation
farmers groups in Bobonaro are managing demonstration plots that teach improved farming methods

We're working to increase access to clean water in Baucau

We're working to increase access to clean water in Baucau
Access to water is a significant challenge for people in Baucau and the limited water supply contributes to high rates of preventable disease, malnutrition, and child and maternal mortality.

With financial support from Dove Charitable Trust and the New Zealand Aid Programme, we are working alongside local communities to increase access to clean water across the community.

Our work in Baucau will increase clean water supply through, gravity-fed water systems;  rehabilitating current water systems; constructing toilets; starting  water management committees; and ensuring the community are able to sustain the flow of clean water.
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