During the struggle for independence, a generation of people in Timor Leste (East Timor) missed out on basic education. This gap is now manifesting itself as a shortage of leaders and teachers in the church, particularly in rural areas.
Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in Timor Leste and diarrhoea is the sixth leading cause of death. Timor Leste also has one of the highest malnutrition rates amoung children in the world.
Fundação Lafaek Diak
Our partnership with Fundação Lafaek Diak (FLD) in Timor Leste continues. FLD run a range of development activities including a scholarship program for health care students. They have an average of 2,576 people per month who use their healthcare services.
Recently a working group of representatives from a number of supportive Uniting Church congregations have begun planning to better co-ordinate our support and fundraising efforts for FLD.
More Information about Projects:
Uniting World leads many projects, partnering with organisations in Timor Leste. More information can be found by clicking on the links below or looking on their website.
Community Health and Nutrition – By supporting the partner Protestant Church of Timor Leste through Fundasaun Sosial Naroman (Fusona Foundation), Uniting World provides communities with health and nutrition education and access to clean water, latrines and healthy food. This reduces malnutrition and disease and promotes healthy living.
Leadership and Child Protection – This project provides skills and child protection training for Sunday School teachers, particularly in rural areas. This partnership is helping provide children with quality teaching and care.
Trek for Timor
A fundraiser event run by the Social Justice Commission – more information can be found here – Trek For Timor 2021.