06 June 2017

Creating change in Timor-Leste

Our Change Creators have been contributing to making lasting change in Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste is a South East Asian nation located on the east side of Timor Island. Our Change Creators have been contributing to making lasting change in Timor-Leste, and we’ve got exciting news to share about our progress!

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Youth trained in tourism at their graduation ceremony

Who are the Change Creators?

Our Change Creators are a small group of generous Kiwis who commit to supporting life-changing projects within one of our six dedicated communities.

Our most recent Change Creators project involved supporting a Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Programme in Timor-Leste.

The challenge

Timor-Leste is a young country. About 60% of its population are under 25. This presents a challenge and an opportunity.

To change the future of Timor-Leste and break the cycle of poverty, young people need skills to allow them to get jobs and start their own businesses. A lack of these skills leads to unemployment, and the poverty cycle continues.

The challenge was to change the future for Timor-Leste, with the help of the country's youth.

The solution 

Working with locals, and young people, we identified the key things that could change the future of Timor-Leste. After all, who’s better placed to know what support is needed, than the communities themselves? 

We knew the challenges: training was needed so young people could enter into jobs and enable them to start creating businesses of their own. So, we’d work towards providing youth with training in key areas that allow opportunity for employment. 

Space was an issue too – where would all this training happen? Well that was simple, we’d provide youth centres for the training to take place in. They’d also allow a safe space for young people to meet.

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Youth Tourism Training

Our progress

As a result of our work in Timor-Leste change is happening!

  • 36 youth have been trained in general construction and automotive
  • 81 youth have been trained in tourism, hospitality and agriculture
  • 65 youth have been trained in life skills
  • Two youth centres are under construction, providing space for learning and socialising
  • Funding grants are being obtained for nine youth groups
  • 240 youth are being trained in tempeh, doughnut making, and in tailoring and sewing.

This amazing progress is having an amazing impact. Young people in Timor-Leste are starting successful careers all thanks to our small group of change creators.

Become a Change Creator

Our Change Creators allow us to make significant changes to a community. 

If you’re interested in becoming a Change Creator, and want to support life-changing projects please email Carolyn at: carolyn@childfund.org.nz and she will be in touch with you. 

Creating change in Timor-Leste

Young people are starting employment and new businesses in Timor-Leste.

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