Sponsor a child in Timor-Leste

Sponsoring a child in Timor-Leste with Plan international is one of the easiest ways to improve the lives of all children and to make sure girls have access to equal opportunities.


By becoming a child sponsor, you guarantee a child – and all children in their community – have everything they need to grow, learn and plan for their futures.


You help tackle the root causes of discrimination, exclusion and vulnerability, and support some of the world’s most vulnerable children to thrive.

Meet Jenadia – a sponsor child in Timor-Leste Play Video

Key Challenges for children in Timor-Leste


  • Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world; 40 percent of the population is malnourished.
  • More than 5 percent of all children die before the age of 5.
  • 1 in 4 people do not have access to clean drinking water.
  • 19 percent of girls are married before they turn 18; 24 percent have a child by the time they turn 20.



How your support is helping children like Novelia

Each morning, eight-year-old Novelia’s family traveled down the hill from their home to fetch water for the day. An arduous and time-consuming task, it was also dangerous. The stream below was not clean, and the water wasn’t safe to drink. Novelia and her siblings all suffered from waterborne diseases over the years.

But now, with the support of donors like you, Novelia and other families in rural Timor-Leste have access to safe and reliable drinking water, piped to a tap close to their home.

“I am glad that now I have water near my house,” Novelia said. “I can spend more time studying and playing with my friends.”

Yes, I’ll sponsor a child in Timor-Leste and support a whole community to thrive

Sponsor a child in Timor-Leste