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.

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Timor Leste Child Protection
Timor Leste Faith
Timor Leste Water

Progress in Timor-Leste

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • 70 church and community leaders participated in a workshop to study Scripture’s teachings about the value and equality of both women and men to help reduce gender-based violence.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • More than 80 Christian youth participated in a retreat to explore their faith and how to act on that faith to minister to their neighborhoods.
  • A local church event for 30 villages provided opportunities for people to learn the importance of good nutrition for children and good hygiene for good health.

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.