Church & Society

Timor-Leste: Water and food programs April 20, 2018

Access to clean water and sanitation is difficult for many Timorese, particularly for those living in rural areas.

To help address this, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) have built ten water towers that benefit more than 2,000 people.

With the help of donors, such as Catholic Mission Australia, Jesuit Mission Australia, Jesuit Mission Austria, Bank Mandiri and private individuals, JSS will build another five this year and five more in 2019.

Jesuits are also on the ground dealing with problems related to malnutrition. Among efforts to help beat this scourge is the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili — which treats at least 300 undernourished children every year — and a local Jesuit-run feeding program.

According to the World Food Program more than 50 percent of children between 6 months to 5 years old in the country suffer chronic malnutrition.

 

(Photos by Michael Coyne)

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