Iha loron 30 Agostu iha tinan 1999, ita nia povo tomak, katuas ferik, labarik, inan sira sei kus bebe lao dook ba fatin votasaun hodi hili sira nia futuru. Ita hotu rai memoria iha ita nia fuan, memoria esperansa kahur ho tauk, memoria haksolok kahur ho sentimentu triste.

Istoria Konsulta Popular ka referendum ne’ebe monu iha loron 30 Agostu tinan 20 liu-ba, istória furak kona-ba povo kiik ida nia luta ba justisa, dignidade no ukun rasik an. Istoria ida ne’e sai inspirasaun boot ba mundu tomak. Husi povo kiik nia aten brani no sakrifísiu, moris naaun foun ida, nasaun kiak ho povo mukit, nasaun ne’e traumatizado no esperiénsia funu, violénsia, konflitu, terus no mate durante tinan barak. Nasaun ne’ebe hatudu ba mundu katak iha buat ruma ne’ebe forte liu, ema umanu sira ho kilat, esperansa ho fiar povo ita nian, ne’e mak forte nian.

Hau deseja parabens ba loron boot 30 Agostus, Viva Timor-Leste.

Save the date, Saturday, 30 November – Sunday, 1 December 2019 at Alola Foundation – Dili.

Alola Christmas Fair is The most famous Handicrafts Trade Fair in Timor-Leste, the perfect place where you can meet A lot of local artisans and weavers come from rural parts of Timor-Leste. Please mark your calendars. Thanks

Come along to Alola Australia’s annual dinner – Friday 11 October – Melbourne. It’s all about ‘why working with women matters’. To book visithttps://www.trybooking.com/532276

Dear Alola partners

I would like to formally advise that I am leaving Fundasaun Alola as Chief Executive Officer and my last official day is the 31st of July 2019. 

I have great confidence that you all will continue to prioritize Alola as a key partner in the carrying out of agenda for improvements of women and children’s life in Timor-Leste.

Thank you and hope our path can cross again in future.



The Alola’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program utilizes a range of strategies concentrating at multiple levels in nationally and municipalities’



The Education Program aims to improve quality and access to education in Timor-Leste. In 2018, Education program continues providing scholarship support



Alola’s Economic Empowerment Program has two main areas comprised of handicraft development and development of women’s livelihoods.



Promoting the Human Rights of women and children in Timor-Leste is the main objective of the Advocacy Program. In 2018, the Advocacy Program provided


(#Alolamedia#Dili) As part of promoting the importance of breastfeeding, the Alola Foundation puts #WBW celebration as an annual activity. For World Breastfeeding Week 2019 celebration, Alola Foundation will be focused on 3 municipalities, Aileu, Liquica and Manufahi, which will reach more than 30 villages that have support from Sunrise Joint Venture (SJV), ConocoPhillips, ChildFund Timor-Leste and Alola Australia. #WBW2019 in Timor Leste will be held for one month by various institutions with national themes “HAFORSA FAMILIA, TAU IMPORTANSIA FO SUSUBEEN INAN BA BEBE – Empower families about the importance of breastfeeding”. Loidahar Village, Liquica Municipality became the first village to mark the start of this annual celebration which then continued to the other 8 villages (Asumanu, Hatuquessi, Dato Tasi, Dato Foho, Darulete, Leatalaa, Vatuvou, Maubaralisa). Several activities were carried out during the celebration, one of which was a healthy baby contest.

“Let’s celebrate the power of breast-milk and breastfeeding this World Breastfeeding Week. You can help us to keep educating women and their communities about the importance of breastfeeding by supporting the Alola MILK Campaign 2019. Viva susubeen inan!” said Kirsty Sword, founder of the Alola Foundation.

Healthy Baby Contest and Breastfeeding Quiz are the main activity conducted by Fundasaun Alola during the National Breastfeeding Month. Healthy Baby Contest which objectives to encourage mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months, provided a forum for the dissemination of breastfeeding information and hygiene promotion to communities. There are also other goals to be achieved from a Healthy Baby Contest is to foster an interest in bringing the baby to health facilities or SISCA posts for monthly weighing and to improve infant and young child feeding practices.



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Did you catch Kirsty and Maria in conversation with Jon Faine on ABC 774 radio today? A fantastic discussion about Alola and all things important to a strong and independent Timor-Leste.

Pictured here Maria Bohan – chair Alola Australia, Meg Mundell – author of The Trespassers, Kirsty Sword Gusmao – founder and chair of Fundasaun Alola (and so much more) and Marieke Hardy – artistic director Melbourne writers festival.

Each year Alola Foundation always publish an annual report to let public know how Alola performed during the last financial year. The 2018 Alola Annual report was launched on Agust 27 during Alola’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) by Chairwomen Alola , Dr. Kirsty Sword Gusmao AO.
The 2018 annual report came with 40 pages reports and gives details of Alola key work over the previous financial year, outlining achievements projects and the audited financial Statement. It also reviews the results of implementing the 4 core programs currently implemented, in the areas of maternal and child health, education, women’s economic empowerment and advocacy efforts on women’s rights.
Details about this report can be found on this website.   English Tetum


For $25, your gift will support the maternal and child health program that includes providing breastfeeding information and counselling, infant and young child feeding training, maternity packs, and research on maternal mortality in Timor.

"Fundasaun Alola’s MCH programs are teaching Timorese women about the power of the breast “that her body alone can provide for all her baby’s nutritional and health needs for the first six months of life”.
Kirsty Sword Gusmao
Founder of Alola
"Here I am with the fabulous Jude Finch and Mary Waterford and three of the Timorese students supported by Blue Mountains Together for Timor and the The Fundasaun Alola. I am so proud to be involved in such an important and valuable project".
Wendy Chandler
Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters