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Plan International in Timor-Leste

Plan International has worked in Timor-Leste since 2001, helping children and youth to access their rights to education, health, livelihoods and protection.

Under the 2012-2017 Country Strategic Plan, Plan International Timor-Leste concentrates its interventions in all four sub-districts in Aileu District and the Maubisse and Hatu Builco Sub-Districts of Ainaro District. We hope to expand to the other sub-districts of Ainaro before 2017. We have worked in Aileu since 2004 and in Maubisse since 2013.  

Over 60% of Timor-Leste’s population is under 24 years of age, so involving young people in the development of their nation and supporting them to speak out about issues that affect them is an important part of our work and is a critical step in Timor-Leste's development process.

With such a young and rapidly growing population and high levels of unemployment, particularly amongst rural youth, working with young people to increase their skills and employment opportunities is a key part of Plan International Timor-Leste’s work. Timor-Leste also has high levels of gender-based violence and poor levels of education, access to water and sanitation and weak hygiene practices. 

Our goal: Timorese children and youth, particularly those from vulnerable groups, become increasingly aware of their rights, grow up in families and communities that support their development and to become empowered to contribute to the development of their nation.

To achieve these goals, Plan International Timor-Leste has 6 programmes - Water, Health and Sanitation (WASH), Disaster Risk Management, Education, Youth Empowerment, Child Protection and Women and Girls Participation in Local Governance.

Children in Aileu District play at a tap that was installed by Plan International.