The Rights For People With Disability Project

Timor Leste

The Rights for People with Disabilities in Timor Leste Project commenced in July 2016. The project builds on the successes of The Leprosy Mission Australia’s Disability Awareness Project which concluded in June 2016 after five years of implementation. The project works with and through six Disabled Peoples Organisations in Timor Leste to help ensure that people with disabilities in Timor Leste are able to fully participate in society and have equal access to rights and opportunities.

Having just completed its first year of a five year cycle, the following are initial key successes:

• 336 people participated in disability rights training sessions

• 53 people with disabilities participating in various training courses including computer skills, mobility, English language and Braille

• 26 teachers provided with disability inclusion training to ensure children with disabilities are able to benefit from education

Australian Aid Supported by the Australian Government
The Rights For People with Disabilities in Timor Leste Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, this project is able to help improve the well-being of people affected by leprosy and disability in Timor Leste.


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The Leprosy Mission in Timor Leste

Timor Leste (pronounced Tee-more Less-tay) is a country in Southeast Asia located about 640km north-west of Darwin, Australia.  Due to many years of political unrest and a long independence struggle with Indonesia, Timor Leste is continuing to rebuild its infrastructure and economy.

Leprosy is still prevalent in Timor Leste; The Leprosy Mission first began its work in the country in 1991, but ceased in 1998 due to significant political unrest. In 2004, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the World Health Organisation and Ministry of Health, allowing The Leprosy Mission to establish Community Based Rehabilitation clinics in Timor Leste, comprising nearly twenty staff between two projects.

Since then, The Leprosy Mission's work in Timor Leste has continued to expand.

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