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Chiquito in his farm in Timor Leste. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Farming for his family's survival

Chiquito relies on farming for survival but with unpredictable weather, his entire family is just one crop failure from hunger. 

This tax time, your support is urgently needed to help farmers feed their families.

Farming for his family's survival

Chiquito relies on farming for survival but with unpredictable weather, his entire family is just one crop failure from hunger. 

This tax time, your support is urgently needed to help farmers feed their families.

Your support is urgently needed this tax time. 

Many families in Timor-Leste are facing hunger with nearly half the population living below the poverty line. Many children are malnourished with 47% of children under 5 years of age with stunted growth. Fathers like Chiquito who rely on farming, struggle against droughts, floods, and rising prices.

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Chiquito's two-year-old daughter, Carabela, outside their home in Timor Leste. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

$100 can help fight hunger

Supply hard-working farmers with seeds to survive drought and flood, so they can feed their families.

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Chiquito can now produce a wide variety of crops and earn income to support his family. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

$250 can create a full harvest

Empower farmers with life-changing training, enabling them to diversify their crops and transform their farms.

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Chiquito and his employees in Timor Leste. Photo credit Tim Lam for Caritas Australia.

$1,000 can prepare for a disaster

Support a village in implementing a disaster risk reduction action plan, helping to protect farmers from devastation.

Why we must act now to help fight hunger

47%

of children in Timor-Leste under 5 years of age are stunted.

300,000

people in Timor-Leste are experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity.

42%

of the population in Timor-Leste currently live below the national poverty line.

Your urgent support this tax time can help farmers like Chiquito to:

Reduce their disaster risk

Communities can participate in Disaster Risk Reduction activities to help mitigate the impact of natural disasters like floods and droughts.

Improve their training and tools

Farmers like Chiquito can access training and tools to maximise the potential of their land and grow a variety of crops to sell at markets. 

Better their food production

During lean seasons, farming families can produce enough food to feed their children three nutritious meals per day. 

Please donate before June 30 and urgently help families who are fighting hunger. 

Although Timor-Leste is nearer to our shores than Sydney is to Melbourne, it feels like a whole different world.  The average wage for somebody in Timor-Leste is just $AUD17.45 per day.

People are hungry, and farmers are struggling to feed their families. This is happening right on our doorstep. We must act now. 

Your donation this tax-time can help make a life-changing difference for families who are facing hunger every day. Donate before June 30.

Chiquito and his family in Timor Leste. Photo credit Tim Lam for Caritas Australia.
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Chiquito and his family in Timor Leste. Photo credit Tim Lam for Caritas Australia.