The Rights For People With Disability Project

Timor Leste

The Rights for People with Disabilities project, which builds the capacity of eight Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in Dili reached its midpoint last year. The mid-term evaluation found that the project is succeeding in raising the potential of DPOs individually, and unifying the disability sector as a whole towards wider advocacy aims. The project continues to build an advocacy movement towards the Timorese government for the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Last year, the project achieved the following:
• 8 Disabled People’s Organisations received funding and training on project planning, business management, keeping finances and advocating for disability rights
• 3,125 people were reached with disability rights advocacy activities
• 3 public buildings were modified for accessibility

Social Return on Investment
Training and advocacy about the rights of people with disabilities was given to 3,125 people, at a cost of $2.78 per person.

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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