Friday, February 23, 2018
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There are 349 International, National, and Local non-governmental organizations (ONG) registered at FONGTIL working and contributing to the development of the country and for people’s well-being.

There are 349 International, National, and Local non-governmental organizations (ONG) registered at FONGTIL working and contributing to the development of the country and for people’s well-being.

FONGTIL Executive Director, Arcenio Pereira da Silva said 349 members are actively working to support the communities in several areas in the entire territory with new members joining annually.
He said they organize group forums regularly to talk and discuss and share about the main thematic issues, such as agriculture, health, education, and others.
He added that the obstacle faced by many organizations, is from the donors (financial) to provide the support for program implementation on the ground.
"Many programs are not well implemented because of the donors not visiting regularly, although some do, maybe once a year and often they wait for the partners to come to continue," he said in his office, Kaikoli, Dili.
"Sustainability of the organizations is weak because of this problem," he said.
He added from 2000 to 2010, there had many agencies that were funded and cooperated, particularly in providing support to the civil societies to create programs.
The Director of FONGTIL went on to say they always made an effort to seek the support to help member-organizations, with a business plan, fundraising activities, and to ensure their sustainability.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Country Director of World Vision Timor-Leste, Jose da Costa acknowledged that lack of finances was the main factor for programs to fail because programs cannot be implemented without funds.
He said World Vision has four main programs that involve health, related to clean water, education for children, economy and development. Its programs are focused in the Municapalities of Baucau, Aileu and Bobonaro where World Vision mobilizes communities and establish horticulture groups through training and increase gender awareness and production.
"We have a forward plan to try and increase our annual budget because we want to expand the program into other municipalities but funds are needed to implement," he said.
He added they have contacted some donors to help their programs, such as the gender program, in order to increase the communities' awareness about preventing domestic violence.
He informed in 2017 they had $3.800.000,00 to implement programs, including paying salaries and operations.
World Vision is an International organization that has been working in Timor-Leste since 1995, originally in the Municapality of Aileu. After Timor-Leste gained independence, World Vision opened an office in Dili working with communities and implementing programs for the country's development, for the well-being of children and the people of Timor-Leste.

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