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Working in Timor-Leste since 2001, helping children and youth to access their rights to education, health, livelihoods and protection
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El Nino in Timor-Leste

Film: The Unreported Drought - El Niño’s Impact on Timor-Leste

The island nation Timor-Leste has been in the grip of a drought since being hit by one of the worst El Niño weather events on record. But the situation in Timor-Leste has been largely unreported. 

Gender and disability - no obstacle to education!

Gender and disability - no obstacle to education!

After generations had their education disrupted by conflict Plan International are ensuring girls and young people are offered equal opportunities to learn.

Young people battle to get their voices heard

In Aileu, Plan International hosted an annual debating contest where 19 boys and girls competed to win the regional prize and progress to the final in Dili.

Odelia leads the press conference

Girls lead the way forward for equality

Plan International, together with local partners. organised Timor-Leste's first ever Girls’ Conference in Aileu. 250 girls and women got together to discuss their future and rights. One of the participants, 17-year-old Odelia took time to tell us about her ambitions.

Video: Safe Schools in Timor-Leste!

Students and teachers in 15 schools in Timor-Leste are now better prepared to respond to disasters, after participating in the Safe Schools project.

Keeping children safe in Timor-Leste

Through classes and simulations, we are supporting more than 4,500 children in 15 schools in Timor-Leste to prepare for future disasters

Boys Cook on Valentine's Day to Promote Gender Equality

Boys learnt about gender equality while cooking and realised the importance of sharing domestic tasks with female family members.

Engineering Healthier Communities in Timor-Leste

For more than a year, the remote town of Lospalos has been home to Engineers Without Borders professional, Tim Kuiper. In October 2014, Tim left his home in Geelong, Australia to move to Timor-Leste and work with Plan International’s Water and Sanitation (WASH) Programme. 

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

As part of the 16 Days Campaign, Plan International launched a local advocacy event to amplify the voices of women and girls to influence families and communities to take action on gender-based and domestic violence under the motto “End Violence against Women and Children at Home and at Schools Now!”. 

Young children playing

Learning Through Play in Timor-Leste

Plan International’s Early Childhood Care and Development Programme has been running playgroups across Aileu District to support children during the most critical phase in their development – the first five years.

One Hundred Women Leaders? We’re Ready!

In a small community centre down a dusty, bumpy road a group of women in Aileu district crowd together and discuss their plans for the future of their community. They say their lives have been spent at home, doing housework and caring for children, but something is about to change – they are running for election.

Community Celebrates a Healthy Start

Ermou, in rural Timor-Leste celebrated the opening of their new water system - bringing water to their community for thr first time.

‘Raise a Hand for Hygiene’ - Celebrating Global Handwashing Day

Plan International celebrated Global Handwashing Day in Lautem by supporting schools to become places where good sanitation is a priority for all students.

Keeping Children Healthy in Timor-Leste

Anabelita knows how to keep her daughter healthy now she has started attending her local community pre-school in Aileu District.

Making Education More Inclusive in Timor-Leste

All children have a right to attend school and get a quality education. Plan International's Inclusive Education programme is training teachers to ensure children with disabilities can get the best possible start in life.

Our results to date
  • 2,000
    parents participated in Parenting Education Sessions and home visits
  • 9,400
    people in 1,695 households have access to water after 32 new water supply systems were installed
  • 128
    young people have completed vocational training
Key contacts

Terence McCaughan

Country Director, Plan International Timor-Leste

Stephan Barthel

Program Development Manager, Plan International Timor-Leste

Emelita da Cruz

Aileu District Manager, Plan-International Timor-Leste
Rua Nu'u Laran 20, Bairo dos Grilhos
+670 331 2492