This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Timor Leste, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


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Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Grace Phan, James Leong, Lai-Kheng Pousson, Lynn Lee, Wong Chia Lee

International Initiatives

East Timor Action Network contains a comprehensive list of links about Timor Leste.

SG Associations & Networks

Love East Timor is coordinated by a team of leaders committed to Timor-Leste's future. To this end, they have formed a new entity called Transformation Alliance. Its primary task is to operationalise the Love East Timor vision through a grassroots strategy of churches 'Loving Timor Village by Village' and through a corporate strategy touching the education, business, health and youth sectors.

Timor SG is a small network of individuals and organisations interested to share and learn about Timor Leste.

SG Organisations & Companies

Friends of Timor is an initiative by a group of friends with a passion and heart to walk alongside the world's youngest nation as they build their nation.

MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) supports immunization programmes through rural clinics in partnership with Café Clinic Timor and enhancement of mothers' support group, health education and promotion of assisted births through capacity building at Alola Foundation.

Key Projects

Faith Community Baptist Church as a Love Timor Leste partner church, has actively involved itself in transforming Timor-Leste and is appointed to oversee its south-eastern district of Viqueque since 2005. Now, it is working towards impacting this district which consists of five sub-districts and 35 villages.

Initiative for Peace offers UWCSEA students the opportunity to actively promote international understanding and reconciliation in areas of conflict, and it illustrates the value of investing in young people by empowering youth to fulfil their potential as agents of change. They organised the Focus on Timor Leste 2007 conference and Focus on Timor Leste 2008 conference.

One Year in Timor is a photography exhibition aims to raise awareness of Timor Leste, through a series of postcards and e-book, to raise funds for the Agape School for the Deaf in Dili.

Poly students bring IT to Timor Leste. A high point during the trip was meeting Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta at the presidential palace. The occasion marked the handover of the computer lab facility and the launch of the International Award for Young People in Timor Leste, a programme similar to the NYAA.

Singapore International Foundation has a programme in Timor Leste.

Timor-Leste: Land of Discovery is a photo exhibition organised by Friends of Timor.

Visit East Timor campaign was created by local ad agency Ogilvy & Mather. Yoga for Good is a partnership between COMO Shambhala Urban Escape and MILKFund to support the latter’s Timor Leste maternal and child healthcare project. All proceeds will go towards the provision of primary healthcare and public health education to the women and children of Timor Leste.

Potential Host Partners

These are organisations Singaporeans have done projects with:

Alola Foundation supports women and children in all districts in the country. It was founded in 2001 by Ms Kirsty Sword Gusmao, who continues as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

Videos & Publications

A Hero’s Journey (also known as Where the Sun Rises) is a documentary by Singapore filmmaker Grace Phan. The central figure of this film is then-President Xanana Gusmao, who brings the viewer on a journey from the 24-year Resistance against Indonesian occupation, to the present-day challenges of the world’s youngest nation.

Balibo is a political thriller about East Timor circa 1975, about five Australia-based journalists who go missing as Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor.

Passabe is a documentary by Singapore-based filmmakers James Leong and Lynn Lee, who were invited in 2003 by the UN-based Commission for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation to document its efforts at bridging deep divisions in post-conflict East Timor. Read posts about their Timor Lest documentary, Passabe.

First Buy Local Baucau Map. Prepared by Peace Dividend Trust and the Guide Post, the Guide provides business names, exact locations, and contact information for over 120 businesses and organizations based in Baucau, in an easy-to-handle format. It is now available in all major hotels and restaurants in Dili and Baucau, as well as Dili airport and travel agencies.

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