World Vision has been working in Timor-Leste since 1995 with an Area Development Programme (ADP) in Aileu District run by World Vision Indonesia. After the independence referendum and the emergency period in 1999, WV reopened its Dili office in September 1999. The national office provides support and coordination for the Area Programmes (AP) in Bobonaro, Baucau and Aileu. In alignment with the global WV vision and mission, beneficiaries are children, families and communities. The key sectors of WV Timor-Leste are health, education and economic development.
World Vision Timor-Leste began its first project in Aileu municipality in 1995. In 1999, World Vision opened its national office in Dili. Today, they have three Area Programs implementing projects in four municipalities: Aileu, Baucau, Bobonaro and Covalima.
Their mission is ‘Healthy children for strong communities’. They recognise that children’s health is holistic in nature, including their physical, mental, intellectual and social wellbeing. They aim to empower Timorese children to transform their lives, in partnership with their families and communities.
Their three strategic areas are:
- Ensure children enjoy good health, safe water and improved sanitation
- Reduce violence against women and children
- Enhance community resilience and livelihoods