CARE has been operating in Timor-Leste since 1994, originally as part of CARE Indonesia and as an autonomous country office since 2000. In that time, CARE has engaged in two major emergency responses following the violent events that occurred in 1999 and 2006.
CARE in Timor-Leste focuses on long-term sustainable development projects in agriculture and disaster risk reduction, education, community health and nutrition, capacity building, urban community outreach and peace-building, rural infrastructure and employment, and women’s participation and gender equality.
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Arminda Pererira Plans for the Future
CARE works with poor families in Timor Leste to help them grow their own crops, improve their diet, sell surplus crops for a profit and store their seeds for the next season.
Take the example of Arminda Pererira, a mother of six children between the ages of 4 and 17 and a member of a women’s farmer group. Her involvement with CARE taught her agricultural techniques that will help her plan for the future.