The Livelihood Opportunities through Sustainable Agriculture (LOSA) project focuses on training in kitchen gardens and conservation agriculture at learning centers in Luca and Uma Tolu communities in Viqueque municipality. The project, funded by ADRA Australia and AusAid, has a goal to increase food security and contribute to local markets. Agriculture training will be paired with nutrition education and savings group activities.
ADRA Timor-Leste and the community of Luca celebrated the completion of their clean water system in a handover ceremony turning over control of the system to the municipal authorities and the local community.
18 May 2016
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Jonathan Duffy, President of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International, and Frank Teeuwen, Director of United Nations (UN) Liaison Office, will be representing ADRA’s global network of humanitarians at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit set to take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016.
Mr. Duffy will also be making a spoken statement of ADRA’s Commitments to Action at a special session during the Summit. ADRA’s Commitments to Action will highlight the priorities of the organization in development and emergency work around the world. Mr. Duffy’s statement will specifically focus on two of the five core responsibilities outlined in the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity:
Core Responsibility #3: Leave no one behind
Core Responsibility #4: Change people’s lives – from delivery aid to ending need
The Summit is a global call to action by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Approximately 5,000 participants received invitations, including Heads of States and Government, as well as global leaders from government, business, aid organizations, civil society, and affected communities.
The Summit has three main goals:
- To re-inspire and reinvigorate a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles.
- To initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises, and be resilient to shocks.
- To share best practices which can help save lives around the world, put affected people at the center of humanitarian action, and alleviate suffering.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.
ADRA’s hygiene promotion team is creating awareness of the dangers of open defecation and the need for hygienic sanitation.Using Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) methods, ADRA staff use participatory methods to teach community members of the importance of each household having a latrine. ADRA staff use “triggering” meetings where the community is invited to confront the unpleasant facts about open defecation in their village.
ADRA’s CLTS trainers then make visits to households to advise people on how to build their own latrines out of locally available materials.
Of ADRA’s CLTS activities, Rita, a resident of Uma Quic resident, says, “Before ADRA’s involvement our lives were difficult and my feeling uneasy because two households used one toilet, but we were happy with the information that ADRA shared to us. Sometimes there are other jobs that inhibits us and we forgot about this program but we made some efforts to build our secure latrine for ourselves and this will be a good example for our children.”
In Timor-Leste nearly 70% of adult males smoke. Cigarettes are heavily advertised, easily bought by young people, and their dangers are not well known. ADRA has lent its support to a group of local and international organisations that will create awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco and advocate for the implementation of stricter tobacco control regulations in Timor-Leste. ADRA Timor-Leste attended the alliance formation meetings from Nov 19-20, 2015.
ADRA Timor-Leste is pleased to introduce a new project Kitchen Gardens for Uma Tolu. Beginning in October 2015, the KGUT project has a goal of increasing the food security of 40 households. Jointly funded by ADRA Australia and ADRA New Zealand, the KGUT project is ADRA Timor-Leste’s first project in the agriculture sector. There is strong support for this initiative among local leaders, the Director for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Viqueque as well as among residents of Uma Tolu. Malnutrition is common in rural areas of Timor-Leste and this project provides training and materials for participants to build community gardens to grow a variety of nutritious vegetables. The project is off to a great start with the formation of 5 community garden groups and more than 80 farmers having signed up to participate in the project.
Dear Friends and Supporters:
In 2013 ADRA Timor-Leste made great progress in building its capacity and widening its portfolio. In future years we will continue to press forward with our mission and vision, as we have the opportunity and privilege to deliver positive change.
It is through your faithful partnership that we are able to meet not only basic needs, but also improve livelihoods of entire communities. People are transformed in Timor-Leste because together we are empowering communities and changing lives.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we continue to find innovative ways to make a difference while…
Changing one life at a time!
We would like to share with you a digital version of our newly published Capacity Statement. In this document you will find out more about the work ADRA is doing here in Timor-Leste. OurCapacity Statement showcases our capabilities, qualifications, and past performance.
As always, we thank you for your continued support!
Antonina, a 67 year old mother and grandmother, who lives in East Timor — situated just a short 60 minute flight from Darwin — knows all too well how vital access to clean water can be.
But this has not always been the case.
Antonina grew up in a poor rural family. Instead of going to school, she and her siblings would help their parents on their farm. One of their jobs was to fetch water.
Each day, Antonina and her siblings would make several trips to the river where they would dig a hole in the bank and wait for the water to settle. They would then scoop the water into jerry cans and carry it back up the steep hill towards home. This was an arduous task that took hours, but it was essential to their everyday life.
As years passed, Antonina married but still continued her daily task. She could see that the water collected, especially during the rainy season, was dirty and made her family sick, but it was their only source of drinking water. Without it they could not survive.
Can you imagine drinking water that you know would make you sick and not being able to do anything about it? The powerlessness of the situation is heart-breaking.
Then, Antonia’s life changed forever. In the mid-1970’s Portugal abandoned East Timor. The country went into turmoil and with the in-fighting among the local political parties Indonesia invaded the country. Seeing this and fearing for their safety, Antonina and her family fled to the jungle — at least there they could be safe.
However, living in the jungle was no easy task. Finding food and water was a struggle. Sometimes, if they were lucky, they would find cassava, greens or berries to eat. At other times they would go hungry for days. On top of this, the water they drank was polluted, gave them worms and weakened their already frail bodies.
Antonina knew that this was no way to bring up a young family but she had no choice, she had to protect her children from the dangers that lurked outside—and this seemed to be the only way to do it.
If life wasn’t hard enough, one day Antonina’s daughters Louisa, 3, and Maria, 2, came across a creek. Thirsty and tired they had a drink not knowing that further upstream a corpse was polluting the water. In a matter of hours their already malnourished and weak bodies began to crumble and eventually succumbed to illness. Antonina was devastated.
Isn’t this story just heart-breaking? But this is only a part of Antonina’s story.
Years later after Antonina’s family safely resettled in their hometown, another tragedy struck. Antonina’s husband of 23 years fell ill and after a week of vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration, he too passed away. Once again Antonina was faced with the grief of losing someone close to her because of unsafe water.
But now, Antonina no longer needs to worry about getting sick or losing another loved one to water-borne diseases. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, in 2011 ADRA was able to come into Antonina’s community and drill 12 boreholes, establish 12 water stations, build 250 latrines and provide health and sanitation education to 2,400 people.
Now Antonina is happy. She has access to clean drinking water and a clean water-sealed toilet. She only hopes that in the future every household in her community will have their own toilet and water source as currently there are more than 300 people for every water station.
Written by Alexandra Marek