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Help send Lana to pre-school
$445 raised
22% of $2k goal
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4 Years running
Help me send this little girl to preschool! She really wants to go, just like her sister but her family cannot afford the $200 per month. The number of days Lana can attend depends on how much we can raise. US$1,800 will send her for the rest of this year


I would like to raise enough money to send a Timorese child by the name of Lana to pre-school for one year.  Her family does not earn enough money to be able to afford to send her to the early childhood education facility that her sister attends, so Lana remains home while the other children go to school each day.

The number of days that Lana will be able to attend pre-school will depend on the amount of money we are able to raise.  Ideally Lana's mum would like to start her off by attending half days/two days a week, building up to half days/5 days a week by the end of the year. Next year we would like her to attend full time, 5 days a week. It costs between USD$200-$300 per month so Lana's attendance is based soley on the amount of money that can be raised.


In Dili, there lives a family which consists of a husband and wife, their six children, the husbands mother and visially impared sister, and a niece and a nephew from other family members. They live in a simple house with 5 beds, an outdoor squat toilet and basic kitchen where they cook mostly rice and noodles. The couple are able to support this large family from the income they earn by renting out their modest home to me and my housemates and the other tenants that came before us.

They are a happy and friendly family who are quick to offer us help whenever they can and I have grown very fond of them all.

The children, in order of age, Anona (18), Elis(11), Adiga (10), Zane (9) and Ati (7) all attend school. Queque (4) recieved a scholarship to attend Ba Futuru/ For the Future, an early childhood education facility located in Dili. The scholarship was awareded on compassionate grounds after the tragic death of a close family friend who worked at Ba Futuru.  Queque's little sister, Lana (2) stays home with her baby brother Javan (2 months) where she has very little stimulation or opportunity to learn.  Lana is very eager to 'ba eskola' (go to school) like Queque and has been asking her parents for a bag, a hat, shoes and a mobile phone so she can go to school. The first three she will need, the mobile phone... well we are not sure why she wants that!

As much as Lana's parents would like to send her to pre-school, there is no way they could afford the full fee place of $200- $300 per month.

Ba Futuru is an amazing early childhood education facility located in Dili, Timor-Leste and is of international standards. It is the only early childhood education facility of its kind in Timor-Leste.  Ba Futuru accepts expat and local children and has qualified expat and local staff.

Through the children who pay the full fee, Ba Futuru is able to offer scholarships and reduced rates to low income families located within the Seroja community, a significantly disadvantaged area of Dili.

By raising USD$3600 together we can send Lana to pre-school 5 days a week for one year AND provide a scholarship for a child from a low income family - an opportunity very few children in Timor-Leste get.

Your donation will really help shape the future of Lana and her new friend.

You can find out more about Ba Futuru here: or watch this clip (featuring Queque) 

The Facts: Early Childhood Care and Development in Timor-Leste


Timor-Leste is the poorest country in Asia that reached independence in 2002. 50 % of the population of this young and fragile country lives below the national poverty line. Timor-Leste does, however, have a possibility to gain wealth due to significant natural resources.

Despite this possibility, at the moment the State does not have the capacity to carry out the necessary infrastructure and employment programmes. Political instability and violent conflicts have caused internal displacements and slowed down development.

Differences are marked in the development levels between urban and rural areas. Out of 100 school-aged children 30 will never enroll at school and of those that do around half drop out before reaching third grade. According to estimates, only 5 % of Timorese children can access early childhood care and development services. Many different languages are spoken in the country, posing various challenges to the education and early childhood care and development systems. (Background information from Plan

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