We’re helping the women and children of Timor-Leste build a strong future.

How we work

We connect Australians to the nation building work of our partner organisation in Timor-Leste, Fundasaun Alola. Fundasaun Alola is a leading NGO in Timor-Leste addressing the barriers that prevent women from enjoying their right to good health, education, socio-economic opportunities and political participation.

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Our History

The Alola Foundation was established in 2001 by Kirsty Sword Gusmão, the former First Lady of Timor-Leste. The initial focus of the Alola Foundation was to raise awareness and campaign against sexual and gender-based violence in Timor-Leste.

The Foundation has grown to include a wider range of programs that assist the women and children of Timor-Leste. Programs such as advocacy, economic empowerment, education and literacy, and maternal and child health.

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The story behind the origin of ‘Alola’
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Every donation helps build a stronger future for women and girls in Timor-Leste.

See how you can make a difference


Can support a girl to complete a year of secondary schooling, including the provision of books and a uniform


Can help a young woman to enrol in a course of study at Timor-Leste National University or one of the country’s vocational colleges.


Can support the monthly maintenance of a 4WD vehicle required for off-road field programs.


Can support the Maternal Child Health team to deliver education, maternity packs and peer support in a remote village.


Can provide a micro loan to a woman so that she can establish her own small enterprise.

Will you help us make an impact?

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Autumn Newsletter 2024

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Summer Newsletter 2023

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Spring Newsletter 2023

Hello Alola supporters! Catch up on our Spring 2023 newsletter here