Various people from the community in Timor-Leste reflect on their hopes for Timor Leste,  including their hopes for what government will do, opportunities for women, minimising poverty and preventing less tragedy which has previously been seen.

Role of government in Timor-Leste

Ten years on from their historic vote for independence, the people of Timor-Leste are at a turning point. They have their freedom – but how will they make best use of it?

Melqui Aquino Ribeiro Fernandes, student

My hope for East Timor is that the
government gives opportunities to people
in the community – to help them to
develop their own skills so that they can
improve their lives and get jobs in order to
survive in the future.

Francisca Alves Taolin, advocacy officer for women’s network Rede Feto

Now is the opportunity for East Timorese
women, and we need to encourage each
other to fulfil this opportunity. More
women need to get involved, so that
people know that women can participate
in development.

Domingas Vilanova Sequeira, Progressio Timor-Leste project officer

My personal hope is that the government
will try to minimise the poverty in East
Timor, because there are people living on
under a dollar a day, which is really sad. I’m
also hoping… Well, I’m having a baby, so I
hope that in the future, my kids won’t have
to go to another country to get a better
education or healthcare. I hope that we will
have it in East Timor.

Weng (Maria) Ladaga, Progressio development worker

I hope those ten years down the road, more
Citizens, more communities, will be able
to engage in democratic processes. I also
hope that they will not forget the lessons
from the past. There’s been so much
tragedy in this country. I hope that they will
not forget, so that it will not happen again.

Progressio is a progressive independent charity with Catholic roots that enables poor communities to solve their own problems through support from skilled workers. And we lobby decision-makers to change policies that keep people poor.


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