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Our work in Timor-Leste

Supporting children and families in Timor-Leste since 1990.

Support children in Timor-Leste

Become a Community Sponsor for children in Timor-Leste.

Partnering for change in Timor-Leste

By collaborating with local partners, ChildFund has been working with communities in Timor-Leste since 1990. Our work has been supporting the wellbeing and development of children and their communities helping them thrive.


A new country with a young and vulnerable population

Home to more than 1.2 million people, the Timorese population is young and vulnerable; more than 52 percent are under 25 years old. Completion rates in primary and secondary education are low, and youth unemployment is high. Widespread poverty, high infant mortality rates and a persisting legacy of violence are post-independence challenges.

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Facts About Timor-Leste

Why your support is needed to help communities in Timor-Leste.

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Low literacy levels

One-third of women and 20 percent of men in Timor-Leste cannot read or write.

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Poor access to sanitation

Around 60% of the population has no access to sanitation facilities.

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High malnutrition levels

1 in 4 women and nearly half of all children in Timor-Leste are estimated to be malnourished.

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With your generosity, postive change is just the beginning


Upskilling medical professionals and community volunteers in child and maternal health

With more people in the community trained in child health, births are safer and improved pre and post-natal support and care are given to both mother and child.

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Improving school completion rates in primary and secondary schools to reduce youth unemployment

ChildFund's work in Timor-Leste focuses on social and emotional wellbeing. Through educational youth and training programmes, children are empowered and given the skills and confidence to fulfill their full potential.


Improving the safety of communities so more children are protected

Helping parents and communities increase their parenting skills along with raising awareness on the importance of reporting any form of abuse or violence against children.

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Create Change for Communities in Timor-Leste

As a community sponsor, you'll help children, their families and their communities to create sustainable change. You'll help provide support to projects that improve education, access to water and healthcare, and that keep children safe from harm. You'll be supporting communities in Timor-Leste to thrive!

Stories and Updates



In most countries ChildFund New Zealand supports, we work directly with the country office, who then work with local partners. From head office to grassroots, the teams are in regular contact to ensure we understand the community's needs and can channel your donations to where they're most needed.

During our visits, we also ensure agreed-upon standards are met and policies are followed. We would like to acknowledge the following in-country partners with whom we work most closely in Timor-Leste, while also recognising the crucial importance of the local government bodies in our work.

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ChildFund Timor-Leste

Focuses on education, health and nutrition, and improving livelihoods of their young community.

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Ba Futuru

A non-profit organisation that works to protect children and women against violence, and empower them to learn.

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We believe in creating sustainable change through long-term community programmes focused on achieving self-reliance.

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