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About East Timor

Physical:
• East Timor is made up of 13 districts,and the islands of Atauro (inhabited) and Jaco (not inhabited)
• East Timor is the eastern half of the island Timor, sharing a land border with Indonesia in the west
• East Timor is mountainous so rural areas are hard to get to in the rainy season
• Capital city is Dili, with 180,000 inhabitants
 
Socio-Economic:
• East Timor is the  poorest nation in Asia
• 90% are subsistence farmers
• Approximately 50% live below the poverty level and earn less than $.50cent per day
• During the dry season several coastal regions have experienced repeated starvation periods during the past four years
 
Political:
• 20 May 2002 - East Timor became the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
• All government departments are still in  early stages of development
• First sub-village and village level elections were held in 2005
• May 2005 -United Nations cut nearly all presence in East Timor, now only  a small consultative office
• April, 2006: Political unrest that frightened the people from Dili and evacuated to nearby villages

Cultural:
• East Timor is a largely indigenous society. Most Timorese still rely on traditional law, rituals and beliefs
• 36 different languages are spoken in East Timor which shows for its rich diversity in local cultures
• National languages: Tetun and Portuguese
• Other languages in use: Indonesian and English

Spiritual:
• Timorese people have a deep sense of faith and spirituality
• 90% of population are Roman Catholic
• 10% Protestant, Muslim & other
• Many Catholic orders are present in East Timor
• Indigenous spirituality & animist beliefs still have a strong presence


Our objectives are to reach the areas that desperately need more support than what is currently being made available to them. 

What does the future hold

Project Focus


 Read more about Orphans in East Timor

Orphans
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 Read more about the Widows in East Timor

Widows
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Read more about Education in East Timor

Education
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Agriculture
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Transportation systems of East Timor

Transportation
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