Sponsor A Child In Timor-Leste


We have been working in Timor-Leste since 2001 to help children and communities living in poverty access education, nutrition, clean water and sanitation.


Most of Timor-Leste's one million people live in rural areas and are dependent on subsistence farming to survive.

Many are also extremely poor and face significant challenges in providing for their children.

  • Around 37% of Timor-Leste's population are living in poverty.
  • More than four in ten adults cannot read or write.
  • Nearly a third of people don't have access to safe drinking water.
Children playing in Timor-Leste
Children play at an early learning centre supported by Plan International.
Timor-Leste students learn cooking skills
Students learn cooking skills at a youth training centre supported by Plan International.
Ludivina using water pump Timor-Leste
Ludivina and her siblings use a water pump installed by Plan International.

How we're helping

In rural areas of Timor-Leste, many families don't have access to clean water and most don't have facilities like toilets and somewhere to wash their hands. This leaves children vulnerable to waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid.

Plan International has helped communities build their own clean water systems and trained villagers to maintain and repair their systems themselves.

We're also helping community members to identify business opportunities, form cooperatives and take part in business training so that they can work their way out of poverty. Education is a powerful way to break the poverty cycle, so we're training parents and playgroup workers in early childhood education.