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Timor-Leste flagCountry Profile

Capital: Dili

Language: Portuguese, Tetun

Population: 1.8 million

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

We currently implement projects in Lautem and Aileu districts, and have been working in camps for internally displaced people in the capital, Dili, since the political crisis of 2006. As the emergency situation has stabilized and the camps are gradually being phased out, we are now helping to reintegrate displaced people into their communities.

Woman holding a young child on her hip
Teacher sitting in circle with young students
3 children getting water and water tap

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • 53% of people do not have sanitation facilities, putting children at risk of waterborne diseases.
  • The lack of food means 45% of children under the age of 5 are underweight – the highest rate in the world.
  • Timor-Leste is prone to flooding and landslides which can wreck homes and prevent children from going to school.

How your support is helping Timor-Leste:

  • Providing opportunities for children to attend preschools, while strengthening existing schools by providing training teachers and supplying school materials.
  • Improving community understanding of safe learning environments, and decreasing the incidence of violence in school through training in positive discipline and advocacy.
  • Provide water and sanitation facilities to primary schools, and increasing access to safe drinking water and proper latrines in communities.
  • Boosting the skills of youth by providing access to technical skills training in line with the needs of the communities, and supporting youth livelihood groups and vocational training for young people.
  • Involving children in policy development, and the discussion and promotion of child protection across the country, while building awareness amongst parents and civil society.
  • Developing school risk mapping and disaster preparedness plans to ensure children, families, schools and communities are equipped with awareness when disaster strikes.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 50% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 55 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 68 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in Portuguese

Hello Olá
How are you? Como é que tu estas?
Thank you Obrigado
Goodbye Adeus
Happy Birthday Feliz Anniversario

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