Children thrive when their needs are addressed through very specific initiatives; when they are listened to; and when they can have a role inmaking the change they want to see happen, themselves.
In Timor-Leste, the population below the age of 35 accounts for 74% of the total population. Consequently, young people have the potential to play an extremely important role in the country's achievement of its future development aspirations.
One of ChildFund's initiatives in Timor-Leste is called Inspiring Young Changemakers, which gives young people an opportunity to take part in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the policies and programmes that affect their lives. They have also vbeen using theatre art shows to relay messages to others in the community - sharing their knowledge and pushing for positive changes in attitudes and behaviours.