Hunger and poverty don’t stop at national borders. Neither does our Timor Zero Hunger program.
Our team has worked in West Timor, which is part of Indonesia, for years. We help families as they diversify their diets, access clean water, protect their health, earn more income and expand small businesses. Today, that same work is happening across the border in Timor-Leste.
The communities we work with are several hours outside the capital of Dili and face a lot of challenges. In this area, the soil is quite poor, drought is a challenge and water and healthcare services are limited. All families face hunger or malnutrition. That’s why families in the Timor Zero Hunger program are raising chickens and expanding their gardens. They are accessing clean water and using it to raise their standard of living.
As the program's name suggests, our goal is zero hunger. Together, we can make this a reality for more of our neighbors.
Water access opened the door for other opportunities in Timor-Leste
In September, we celebrated alongside the small, rural community of Maumetalao in Timor-Leste as they inaugurated a new water system. The celebration was about easier access to water, yes. But it was about so much more than that. It was about all of the new opportunities that water access opens up. We’ve also supported the community with information sharing and …
A big first step towards self-reliance in Timor-Leste
At only 20 years old, Marciana has faced a lot of challenges. She got pregnant when she was in high school and had to drop out. She married her son’s father, but he left her after a short marriage. As a single mom, Marciana took her son and moved back in with her parents. And her 11 siblings. Unfortunately, the …
A resolute role model for his neighbors
Afanso de Jesus is a Village Delegate in a small mountain community in Liquisa, Timor-Leste. As such, he is a go-between for his fellow villagers and their leaders. He shares information, moderates and facilitates conversations and troubleshoots problems. Afanso receives about $60 semi-annually for his efforts. This is not enough income for his family to live on. So, he also …