Across the country, families are struggling to survive severe hunger. The Timorese call this time of year the hungry season because food is dangerously scarce until the next harvest – an alarming six months from now.
Until then, many families will be reduced to one meal a day. Without enough food to sustain them, children don't have the energy to attend school and thrive. And so the vicious cycle of poverty continues.
For families in Timor-Leste the days, weeks and months ahead will be filled with hunger, uncertainty and fear.
“I just get worried. If I go and give my body to someone else to become a labourer, then I can bring food and my children will eat. But if I go and come back and I don’t bring any food, one of my children might die, I don’t know.”
– José, Timor-Leste
“My biggest worry is about food. If we have no food, I don’t know, maybe we will always be hungry and die.”
– Maria, Timor-Leste
“If I don’t go to school, I just sleep. I only wake up sometimes, because I have no energy — I cannot wake up, I just sleep.”
– Julmira, Timor-Leste
“Before Oxfam came into our life, our life was very poor. [Now] we harvested much more than before. Our life is better.”
– Marcelina, Timor-Leste
Sow seeds of hope
With your support, we can help our neighbours in Timor-Leste survive hunger. Your donation can provide families with high-yield maize seeds and teach them new techniques to create drought-proof gardens that suit their changing climate.
Together, let's help families in Timor-Leste tackle poverty and hunger head-on, with practical and lasting solutions.
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