Why World Vision is in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste (East Timor) gained independence from Indonesia in 2002, after a disputed declaration in 1999. The ensuing clashes destroyed much of the country's infrastructure, including homes, water supply systems, and schools. A fragile state, Timor-Leste experienced instability and delayed recovery due in part to a military strike in 2006 and a rebel attack in 2008, but the country is now enjoying one of its longest periods of peace post-independence, with successful elections held in 2012. Timor-Leste is one of the only Christian nations in southeast Asia (the other being the Philippines).

We never give up on people

With so much happening around the world, it can be hard to decide where your money can have the greatest impact. With your help through the Where Most Needed fund, we can respond quickly to urgent needs of the world's most vulnerable children and families. And, thanks to grant funds and donated products, your monthly gifts multiply 4 times in impact.

Give to where most needed  ❯

Timor Leste Child Protection
Timor Leste Faith
Timor Leste Water

Prayer Requests from Timor-Leste

World Vision's staff in Timor-Leste are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Pray that churches continue to grow in their ability to work together, focusing on their common belief in Jesus rather than denominational differences that divide.


News from Timor-Leste

Special Features

7 hungry places

NOV. 1, 2014 — Around the globe, a quarter of children younger than 5 fail to grow because they do not have enough food to eat. Here are seven of those hungry places and how World Vision is helping to change that.