Below is a list of just a few of the charities and organisations working to make a difference for the people of East Timor. If you would like to see your charity or organisation listed here, please contact us via the form under Who We Are.
Alola is a not for profit non-governmental organisation
operating in Timor-Leste to improve the lives of women and
Founded in 2001 by the then First Lady, Ms Kirsty Sword Gusmao,
the organisation seeks to nurture women leaders and advocate for
the rights of women. Their mission is Feto Forte Nasaun Forte -
Strong Women, Strong Nation.
Together, Australian and Timor-Leste Red Cross have delivered
emergency assistance during crises and continue to work on
sustainable development projects in East Timor.
Water and sanitation projects in Viqueque, Baucau and Manatuto
districts now provide water and sanitation facilities in tandem
with community-based health awareness. These projects are crucial
for East Timor, where barely half the population has access to safe
drinking water and sanitary facilities.
Learn more about the activities of the Red Cross in East Timor
and find out how you can help at the Red Cross website.
ChildFund Australia's affiliate organisation in Timor Leste
began working in the country in 1990 and currently assists over
200,000 children and their family members.
In 15 project locations in eight districts, ChildFund in Timor
Leste has assisted communities in organising Children's Activities
Centres. The Centres serve as a focal point for critical Early
Childhood Development activities for children from birth to five
years, as well as places for parents and caregivers to be educated
about the needs of young children in conflict situations and basic
child health issues.
ChildFund in Timor Leste continues to work to restore community
infrastructure and is helping construct and repair drinking water
systems, wells and sanitation systems that were destroyed following
the vote for independence. Families are given agricultural seeds,
tools and equipment for vegetable cultivation and production. A new
malaria prevention and control program is now underway in Timor
With UNHCR support, ChildFund in Timor Leste provided shelter
kits to rebuild 2,500 homes in rural areas of the country.
The East Timor Eye Program (ETEP),
established July 2001, is a program targeted at delivering national
eye-care services to East Timor.
ETEP has already provided initial
interim eye care for East Timor and is now working with the East
Timorese Local Health Authorities to build a comprehensive and
sustainable eye care system for the future.
ETEP's goal is to make Timor Leste
self-sufficient in the provision of eye care by 2015 - and to
completely eradicate preventable blindness by 2020.
ETWA is a volunteer organisation based in Melbourne,
Australia. They work to support East Timorese women through
community oriented programs, particularly in the handcrafts
industry. ETWA works with the Cooperative for Tais and Cultural
Development (CTCD) to support three weaving collectives in the
See the ETWA website for details on how you can
help, through purchasing handcrafts or making a donation of money
or lightweight goods.
HIAM-Health provides vital services to reduce high infant and
maternal mortality rates and to reduce unacceptable health and
social conditions in East Timor.
Natalia Borges was on her way to HIAM Health,
but was still four hours away when she died from pneumonia
complicated by malnutrition aged only ten months. If her mother had
been able to live in a centre like HIAM Health is proposing, she
would be alive today.
You can make a one off donation, or arrange monthly support in
Australian Dollars, US Dollars, UK Pounds or Euros at the HIAM Health
website. All payments are processed through the PayPal gateway.
Oxfam Australia has been supporting long-term development work
in Timor-Leste since 1975. Oxfam works in three districts to
improve people's access to basic services; ensure marginalised
groups have the opportunity to take part in decisions that affect
their lives; and address the root causes of conflict to build
Visit Oxfam Australia for more information.
Donations can be one-off or made regularly through Oxfam's
Plan Australia is a part of Plan International - one of the
world's largest community development organisations. Plan's
project in East Timor is aimed at improving the health of children,
their families and their communities by delivering sustainable
community-managed water and sanitation services. This project is
supported by AusAID, the Australian Government Agency for
In East Timor's rural areas more than 50 per cent of people
don't have access to safe drinking water and around 70 per cent
rely on a pig shed or behind a bush for a toilet. Many children
living in rural villages suffer regular bouts of diarrhoea due to
poor sanitation, drinking dirty water and are unaware of good
hygiene such as washing hands.
Since the project commenced in 2005, a total of 15 villages in
Aileu and Lautem district now have water piped from a permanent
spring to a holding tank that feeds several tap points in the
village. No longer is a trek of several kilometers required to
collect water from a spring-fed pond that is often contaminated
with animal faeces. Families have also been supported to build
their own household toilets.
Variety Children's Lifeline Australia is the principal partner
of the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation, and major donor to their Klibur
Domin Tibar Home in East Timor. The two outreach programmes that
began in 2006 have achieved excellent results. The mobile TB Team
has tested more than 15,000 villagers for the disease and treated
over 150 patients confirmed with TB. The programme to support
Children with Disabilities has also been most successful with more
than 30 children now under care.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organisation dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
The heart of World Vision's work in East Timor is to assist in
building "strong communities for strong children". World Vision
Timor Leste (WVTL) aspires to build on a platform of partnering
with communities to strengthen these communities and promote the
wellbeing of their children.
World Vision in Timor-Leste began its first project in 1996 with
an Area Development Program (ADP) in Aileu District under the
auspices of World Vision Indonesia. After the referendum and
emergency period in 1999, World Vision re-opened its Dili office in
September 1999. Since then, WVTL has implemented an array of
community-based programming and was also involved in the emergency
relief efforts following the deterioration of the security
situation in 2006.
Since 1991, Youth Off The Streets has been helping
disadvantaged young people in Australia and has now expanded its
reach with the Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund.Father Chris Riley first saw an opportunity to help overseas
in East Timor after independence in 2002, committing to
helping an orphanage located in the tiny town of Baguia, in an
impoverished area deep in the mountains.
Working alongside the local church, plans are underway to
utilise local labour to install larger tanks and solar pumps to
pipe water underground, and also to renovate and expand the
orphanage's buildings.The orphanage renovations will involve
building another storey on top of the existing building, giving the
children new sleeping and bathing areas. The existing downstairs
rooms will then be converted to recreational and study areas -
allowing play times when it is raining.
Youth Off The Streets also wishes to start a food
programme in East Timor, which will purchase
nutritious food such as fruit, vegetables and eggs.
This will cost AUD$1800 per month.