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Santina wants to be prime minister of Timor-Leste.

Santina: I want to be prime minister

Last year, Santina, 11, from Timor Leste, took over the position of her prime minister for a day. Now she's determined to inspire girls across her country to become leaders.

Novelia and her family wash their hands at their new water tap

Clean water for rural families

Unreliable access to water in rural Timor-Leste leaves hundreds of families vulnerable to illness and poor nutrition, affecting children's learning, health and play. So these communities are doing something about it.

Community-led learning in Timor-Leste

In rural areas of Timor-Leste, just one in four pre-school-aged children attends pre-school, with many missing vital early opportunities for learning, care and development. Now, meet one community determined to change that. 

Maria and Fatima in Ermera, Timor-Leste

A community ready for dangerous rains

In a remote village in mountainous Ermera, fat drops of rain splatter into mud and hit corrugated roofs. Maria*, sitting under her verandah, glances up nervously, waiting for the rain.

An app to tackle teen pregnancy in Timor-Leste

A new smartphone app is helping combat high rates of teen pregnancy in Timor-Leste by connecting teenagers with sexual and reproductive health services and vital new information. 

Girl holding Smartphone with Application Reprodutiva

Strong Girls Today, Powerful Women Tomorrow

On this International Women’s Day Plan International Timor-Leste strengthens girls’ and women’s voices, their right to Sexual and Reproductive Health and their Economic Empowerment. Learn more.

Girls in Timor-Leste taking a selfie together

7 inspiring things young people from Timor-Leste have achieved in 2017

What an eventful year! In 2017 young people from Timor-Leste have been truly inspiring and they have shown that children and youths can make a difference. Read what they have achieved in this past year.

young people marching against gender based violence

“No” to gender-based Violence

As part of the global campaign ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ a group of youth activists have raised their voices and taken a stand against violence against women and girls which is still highly prevalent in Timor-Leste’s society.

Boy standing at the entrance of his house

A Toilet for Duarte

In Timor-Leste having a Toilet is not self-evident. Especially in the rural areas, one third of the population is still practicing open defecation. So for 7-year-old Duarte it is very special that his family now has their first own toilet.