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At a glance: Timor-Leste


Mothers help tackle malnutrition in Timor-Leste
CAILACO, Timor-Leste, 5 January 2018 – In the tiny island nation of Timor-Leste, child malnutrition has become a critical public health problem. An estimated 50 per cent of children suffer from a form malnutrition called stunting – one of the highest rates in Asia. But most often, the problem isn’t lack of food – it’s lack of information.

Communities make children’s early learning possible in Timor-Leste
VIQUEQUE, Timor-Leste, 25 September 2017 – “Ida, rua, tolu, hat, lima, nen, hitu, walu. Se mak badinas ba eskola buka matenek to’o hetan. Haksolok ba, haksolok ba, hader dader saan ba eskola” (One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. We love to go to school to get knowledge. Be happy, be happy. Wake up in the morning to go to school).

In Timor-Leste’s remote communities, parents and children learn together
MATAHOI, Timor-Leste, 23 May 2016 – At the stroke of 8 a.m., a ringing bell echoes through the remote village of Matahoi in Timor-Leste’s Viqueque municipality. As the sound fades, Olympia Carvalho, a 26-year-old mother of three, makes her way to the village centre in this small agricultural community, which is located 170 kilometres east of the country’s capital, Dili.

A head start in Timor-Leste
LAUANA GROTO, Timor-Leste, 20 April 2016 – As soon as the teacher tosses the football outside, all the young preschoolers in Lauana Groto village, Timor-Leste, jump up from their small blue chairs. Just a split second after she utters the word “outside”, the children are on their way, excitedly running to the playground in preparation for the next lesson.

Reaching out to ensure vaccination for children in Timor-Leste
LIQUIÇA, Timor-Leste, 6 October 2015 – Luis Manuel Albino, the chief of Liquiça Community Health Center (CHC) is leading a two-member vaccination team in the Suco Fatukesi village of Timor-Leste’s Liquiça municipality. He is going door-to-door, meeting parents and trying to ensure vaccination of all children between 0 and 15 years old.

UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.

UNICEF partners with religious communities to end violence against children
NEW YORK, USA, 29, November 2011—Mohamed, a 15-year-old in Mauritania, used to be frightened to go to his Madrassa (Qur’anic school) because he was regularly hit by the teacher. “It upset me a lot… sometimes I was beaten up badly,” he said.

Education and sport empower a young woman to pursue her dreams in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 19 May 2011 – One of few girls on the basketball court, Inácia Aleta Gomes Fernandes, 15, must fight to hold her ground against taller, more aggressive male opponents. She takes a pass from a teammate, dribbles half way down the court and passes to another teammate, who shoots and scores.

In Timor-Leste, UNICEF joins government child-friendly efforts to rebuild education
LACLUBAR, Timor-Leste, 13 May 2011 – High along the mountainous spine of Timor-Leste, one of Asia’s poorest countries, children in the remote town of Laclubar head for class. Yet the tranquil setting of this quiet place, nestled under the canopy of tall trees, masks a darker history that is only now beginning to fade.

Youth Parliament commences in Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, 15 December 2010 – “This is an historic day,” proclaimed UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste Jun Kukita in his opening remarks at the first seating of Timor-Leste’s Youth Parliament.

Emerging leaders: Timor-Leste inaugurates young parliamentarians
DILI, Timor-Leste, 1 September 2010 – As the day breaks in Dare ‘suco,’ or village, a jovial Rogue Santiago Braga De Araujo, 15, cannot wait to make the 30-minute bumpy road trip down the hill to the capital of Timor-Leste, Dili.

Jackie Chan brings a message of peace and harmony to young people of Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 26 June 2008 – On a visit here this week, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan inspired young people in Timor-Leste with a special message about using martial arts as a peaceful, unifying force.

Volunteers help bridge the gap between rural communities and their health centres
AILEU, Timor-Leste, 27 February 2008 – Some Timorese communities face many challenges in ensuring the survival of their children. On average, each person in Timor-Leste visits health facilities less than twice a year. This low number is due largely to the country’s extremely rugged terrain, as impassable as it is beautiful.

Timor-Leste’s first nationwide HIV/AIDS campaign tells youths, ’It’s time to talk’
DILI, Timor-Leste, 21 August 2007 – In Timor-Leste, HIV educators have been using code names for parts of the body during their educational programmes. This, they say, makes it less awkward to talk about sexual reproduction and HIV with young people.

Creating child-friendly spaces for Timorese children still displaced by civil unrest
DILI, Timor-Leste, 5 July 2007 – For over a year now, 13-year-old Zaquel Pinto and his cousins have been living in the Obrigado Barracks, a displacement camp set up in a parking lot. They fled their home in May 2006, after widespread violence broke out in the country’s capital.

Learning takes centre stage for displaced adults and adolescents in Timor-Leste
METINARO, Timor-Leste, 8 May 2007 – The Metinaro camp for displaced persons is 30 km east of Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. When widespread violence broke out in Dili in 2006, Metinaro was lined with tents sheltering thousands who had lost their homes or were afraid to return.

Youth centre helps spread messages of peace in Dili, Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 2 November 2006 – Elio Da Costa, 14, took a few steps back to study his handiwork and then moved forward again to add some finishing touches. He was busy painting messages of peace and non-violence on the walls of St. Joseph Minor Seminary here in the capital of Timor-Leste.

Emergency education classes in Timor-Leste
METINARO, Timor-Leste, 16 August 2006 – Lurdes Freitas, 10, was all ears as she stood watching her friend name the parts of her body in Portuguese for the rest of the class. Lurdes is one of 300 children who had registered for emergency classes at the Metinaro camp for people displaced by unrest in Timor-Leste.

Children displaced by violence in Timor-Leste face malnutrition and harsh conditions
DILI, Timor-Leste, 3 August 2006 – Little Nevia Nunes huddled close to her mother’s breast, her eyes half-open, her face a picture of exhaustion.

Life-skills training for young people displaced by violence in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 12 July 2006 – When Jacinta dos Santos Guterres sought refuge at the São Jose Minor Seminary a month ago, she saw how frustrated children were at the camp for 1,500 people who fled their homes amid the recent violence in Timor-Leste.

Schools outside Timor-Leste capital overcrowded with students fleeing conflict
BAUCAU TOWN, Timor-Leste, 3 July 2006 – Over 700 secondary students fleeing violence in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, flooded into schools in the eastern district of Baucau last month. Ever since, Baucau Town’s three secondary schools have been struggling to cope with the overflow.

Singing and sports help Timorese children cope in camps for displaced people
DILI, Timor-Leste, 27 June 2006 – The recent violence in Timor-Leste reopens emotional wounds for many. Forced out of their homes, tens of thousands of Timorese have had no choice but to live in crowded camps.

UNICEF helps Dili residents made homeless by ethnic violence
DILI, Timor-Leste, 16 June 2006 - It seems like a different era, but just two months ago Don Bosco was simply a college. Today, the school and the grounds surrounding it have become one of the largest camps for people displaced by the ethnic violence in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste.

Immunization drive begins for children displaced by conflict in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 14 June 2006 – Sounds of crying babies filled the air, but on this particular occasion, the sobs elicited smiles. Timorese parents were happy to hold their screaming children as health workers in Don Bosco, one of Dili’s largest camps for displaced people, expertly jabbed measles vaccines into little arms, one after the other.

Amid conflict in Timor-Leste, a teacher cares for families displaced by violence
DILI, Timor-Leste, 9 June 2006 – Taking care of some 2,000 men, women and children means getting up at 4 a.m. and working until midnight for Antonio Soares, a volunteer coordinator at a camp for displaced people in Comoro Has-Lara, Timor-Leste.

Precarious conditions face many families displaced by conflict in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 31 May 2006 – The arrival of Australian troops in the Timorese capital has seen a considerable improvement in the security situation, but at least 75,000 people have fled their homes to escape the recent violence here.

Hungry for change: the fight against malnutrition in Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 25 January 2006 – Her eyes big and bright, Diana da Costa’s attention flits between the children playing among chickens in the dust outside her home, and her father who holds her tightly. Now approaching her second birthday, little Diana weighs only 6.5kgs – the weight you might expect for a six-month old baby.

President of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmão launches UNICEF report ‘The State of the World’s Children 2006’
DILI, Timor-Leste, 30 December 2005 – UNICEF’s flagship report ‘The State of the World’s Children 2006’ has received prominent attention in Timor-Leste this year. The country’s President, Xanana Gusmão, personally launched the report on 15 December 2005, lending a strong support to the efforts to improve the wellbeing of tens of thousands of Timorese children.

Community radio programme gives children a loud and clear voice
DILI, Timer-Leste, 29 December 2005 - If you are in Los Palos, Timor-Leste, on a Monday night, don’t expect to hear the latest music hits when you tune into 100.1 FM. What you are more likely to find are programmes of teenagers discussing the importance of education, or a drama written and produced by the youngsters about a girl being sold off by her family for an early marriage.

UNICEF develops ‘Marta’, an animated role model for girls
DILI, Timor-Leste, 17 November 2005 – A very special girl was born recently in Timor-Leste. She is the brainchild of 30 writers, illustrators and civil society representatives working for children and women’s rights, who conceived her at a five-day workshop organized by UNICEF Timor-Leste.

De-worming project frees children from parasitic worms
DILI, Timor-Leste, 17 November 2005 – In Timor-Leste, a high proportion of the country’s children are malnourished: More than 40 per cent are below normal weight, and nearly half are stunted in growth. Parasitic worms are one of the reasons why so many Timorese children are suffering from poor health.

Timor-Leste: Taking pre-emptive action against polio
Timor-Leste’s closest neighbour Indonesia is grappling with a polio outbreak: More than 250 cases have been reported there so far this year. Timor-Leste itself is vulnerable: With only 57 per cent of the country’s children under 2 years of age immunized against the disease, and with less than half of the population using clean water and toilets, it could easily become a hotbed for the virus.

Youngest nation celebrates children’s rights
DILI, Timor-Leste, 30 November 2004 – The world’s youngest country, Timor-Leste, celebrated its first ever International Child Rights Day (anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child) on 20 November.




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