ChildFund New Zealand supports ChildFund Timor-Leste with its work in two municipalities (Bobonaro and Cova-Lima), ensuring children have a good start in life, establishing early childhood centres and assisting with healthcare. ChildFund brings safe water to families, and proper sanitation facilities to schools. We work with youth to help them find work, training them in skills and giving them a leg-up into jobs or their own small businesses.
· Timor-Leste has a population of 1.2 million people.
· It is one of the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Over two thirds of Timorese still live on less than US$2 a day.
· Over half of the population are under 25 years old.
· One-third of women and 20 per cent of men in Timor-Leste cannot read or write.
· An estimated 26% of women and 46% of children are malnourished.
· 60% population no access to sanitation facilities (ChildFund areas 35%).
What Do Children Want?
· Cared for children aged 0-5
· Quality education for children aged 6-14
· Leadership, livelihood and lifeskills for youth aged 15-24
· Empowered families protecting children
· Access to health care, in their villages
· Access to healthy, home-grown food
· Clean water
· Toilets and bathing facilities