Timor-Leste has one of the highest rates of stunting (low height for age) in the world, with 46% of children under five suffering from chronic malnutrition. In the Tetun language, Be’e ba Moris Diak means Water for Better Life. The Be’e ba Moris Diak, or Water for Better Life project is supporting households in four villages in the Viqueque district. Farmers are gaining knowledge, skills, and assets to expand vegetable, chicken and egg production. ADRA is helping communities develop savings and loans groups so farmers can access credit and markets for their produce, helping to improve incomes. ADRA is also helping vulnerable households with kitchen gardens, small business activities and safe water.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
50% of children in Timor Leste are stunted due to poor nutrition
54% of people live without adequate sanitation
3 out of 4 workers rely on agriculture for income