Our work in Timor-Leste


kids at a bike repair workshop in DiliKids sharing a joke at a street-side repair workshop in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste (photo © Marcus Perkins/Progressio)

Our achievements

Progressio has a long history of supporting the people of Timor-Leste, beginning in the 1980s with lobbying and advocacy work calling for the independence of Timor-Leste and speaking out against atrocities committed by the occupying Indonesian forces.

Floriana’s story

portrait of Floriana Nunes SaldanhaPhoto of Floriana Nunes Saldanha © Marcus Perkins/Progressio

Floriana Nunes Saldanha lives in Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili. Her husband Luciano Sequeira was murdered in the violence that broke out after the vote for independence in 1999.

“Since Luciano was killed I have had to work very hard to support my children, to send them to school,” she says.