The Alola Foundation was originally created to raise awareness of the widespread sexual violence against women and girls in Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) during the militia attacks of September 1999. Formed in 2001 by Kirsty Sword Gusmao, then First Lady of East Timor, the Foundation was named after Juliana 'Alola' dos Santos, a 14 year old girl who was brutally raped and taken to Indonesian West Timor during that terrible time.

Though this is still a key issue for the Foundation, today we provide a wide range of vitally important hands-on support for the women and children of Timor-Leste. Please review our program pages for more information.