Plan International has been working in Timor-Leste since 2001, shortly before the country regained independence.
Timor-Leste has one of the world’s highest rates of undernutrition and half of children under 5 in the country suffer from stunting. There is also a lack of clean water and only 14% of children are enrolled in pre-school. In addition, Timor-Leste suffers from a number of natural disasters.
Girls in Timor-Leste are particularly vulnerable. Physical, sexual and emotional violence are common and the patriarchal society limits opportunities for girls to participate meaningfully in decision-making.
Our priorities include:
- Supporting safe, inclusive pre-school education
- Improving access to safe water, basic sanitation and increasing awareness of good hygiene practices
- Enabling young people, especially girls, to meaningfully participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives
- Keeping children safe
- Strengthening the resilience of communities against natural disasters.
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