Eliminating the shame and exclusion of children with disabilities
People with physical disabilities in Timor-Leste suffer many disadvantages not least of which are social exclusion and shame. Stigmatised and isolated, they often struggle to access education and basic healthcare.
Since 2000 a local organisation known as KATILOSA has worked to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities by catering for their needs, advocating for their human rights and educating those around them. Activities include early detection and intervention, community-based rehabilitation, physiotherapy, vocational and technical education, inclusive play, music, art and drama. More than 400 children and families are currently being supported by KATILOSA. Staff training and community education on issues related to disability continue to be a major focus of this project.
There is a better future possible for young people with disabilities. Donate now to help us remove any obstacles and exclusion, and empower them to live lives that are happy, healthy and productive.
Photo: Conor Ashleigh