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Guaranteeing Child Protection during elections

Political parties in Timor-Leste have committed to protect children during the election campaign, thereby considering recommendations from Plan International.

Children playing in Aileu Municipality

From Tradition to Child Protection in Timor-Leste

Plan International works with communities and local authorities to establish child protection mechanisms in Timor-Leste.

Becoming mother and wife too early

Felicmina got married when she was 17 years-old and became a mother for the first time soon after. Only 10 years later, she is already pregnant with her fourth child.

New report on Teen pregnancy and early marriage

New research sheds light on girls’ lived realities and uncovers the root causes leading to teenage pregnancy and early marriage in three municipalities of Timor-Leste, while offering solutions for prevention.  

#YouthTakeover: Leave No Child Behind

Two Timorese girls take control of the EU Delegation's social media to share their views on how the EU can help ensure all children are able to learn, lead, decide and thrive in Timor-Leste. 


Timor-Leste fathers get involved with childcare

Ensuring that fathers are involved in their children’s lives and learning is a core component of Plan International Timor-Leste's Early Childhood Care and Development Programme.

Girls are fetching water in Lautem municipality, Timor-Leste.

Ending a 40-year Drought in Timor-Leste

"I have never seen people that excited by water. The rushed yet careful manner in which they filled their vessels, so as to not let any water go to waste, revealed just how precious water was in their community,” blogs Plan International’s Ali Saikal. 

Young girl in Timor-Leste with a water storage container provided by Plan International

Water source allows Timor-Leste girls to focus on school

El Niño-induced droughts have caused many Timorese girls to miss classes to collect water. In one community, a new water system installed by Plan International is allowing girls to focus again on their education.

Women and girls are 100% ready to lead in Timor-Leste

On 8 March 2017, Plan International Timor-Leste will launch the short film "100% Ready" to mark International Women's Day and celebrate all women and girls who are taking a bold stand for equality in their country. 

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.

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.

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

Our results last year
  • 2,859
    community members trained in child protection
  • 75
    improved water points
  • 380
    community members trained in gender equality

Stay in Touch

Keep up to date with our latest news and projects by following us on:

Twitter: @PlanTimorLeste 

Facebook: @PlaninTimorLeste

Key contacts

Terence McCaughan

Country Director, Plan International Timor-Leste

Emelita da Cruz

Aileu District Manager, Plan-International Timor-Leste
Rua de Nú Laran No. 7, Nain Feto PO Box 246
+670 331 2492