Timor-Leste, or East Timor, is the youngest country in the Asia-Pacific. It is a beautiful, vivid place, brimming with culture and promise. It has made leaps and bounds towards a range of development goals - but it remains one of the poorest countries in our region.
People with disabilities in particular face a range of challenges in Timor. Social, environmental and attitudinal barriers place many people with disabilities below the poverty line and prevent the full enjoyment of their basic human rights.
Two experienced, dedicated people - one Australian woman and one Timorese man - want to change the game. Jonio Soares and Sarah Haid have envisaged a bright, inclusive community hub, called Naromanba Futuru. Naroman will improve the lives of Timorese people with and without disabilities, by promoting respect for human rights, modelling disability-inclusive practices, providing practical social support, raising awareness, fostering relationships and creating networks, building capacity and inspiring confidence. Its activities will focus on children with disabilities, their parents and families, students with disabilities of all ages, and prospective students and learners with disabilities.
You can read more about our project in the proposal document attached. Until our applications for grants of funding are successfully processed, we are asking for contributions big and small, so Naroman can start operating in 2017.