Change a life
East Timor has only been independent since 2002 and the living conditions for the population are extremely challenging.
It was a Portuguese colony for four centuries and then in 1975 became the object of military annexation by its Indonesian neighbour, before becoming independent in 2002. The occupation ruined the country and the social and political situation is still precarious. Furthermore, there is also a high risk of natural disasters in East Timor (landslides, floods, violent winds etc.).
It is not clear what life is really like for people with disabilities in East Timor, particularly in the inland areas of the country where beliefs and traditions persist in very isolated rural regions. Once thing is certain – their lives are very difficult. People with disabilities face a great deal of stigma, young girls and women with disabilities are often victims of violence and there are no services adapted to the needs of people with disabilities. The newly emerging civil society offers a partial response, but disabled people's organisations are scarce and almost unheard of outside of the capital.