U. S. to Provide $26.5 Million for Literacy and Nutrition improvement in TL

U. S. to Provide $26.5 Million for Literacy  and Nutrition improvement in TL

US Charge' d' Affaires Tom Daley. Tatoli's image//Francisco Sony

DILI, 06 october 2022 ( TATOLI) -The United States will provide an additional $26.5 million to Timor-Leste to support the literacy and child nutrition development in Timor-Leste.

The support was announced by the United States Chargé d’Affaires, Tom Daley in a statement seen by Tatoli, thursday.

The fund provided for literacy and nutrition development is four years in an extension of the HATUTAN program. HATUTAN is funded through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

With this latest announcement, the United States has committed to providing over $52 million to support education, nutrition, and health for Timorese students through HATUTAN. 

“Today’s announcement reflects the U.S. commitment to strengthening our enduring friendship and partnership with Timor-Leste and the Timorese people. We are delighted to build on the successes of the HATUTAN program, which has improved education, nutrition, and health in 445 schools and communities and benefitted over 90,000 students across Timor-Leste over the last five years,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tom Daley on his statement which TATOLI access today.

This program is set to be implemented through 2027 by CARE International, with support from Mercy Corps and WaterAid, this additional $26.5 million program aims to improve literacy among school-aged children 3-14 years of age and increase the use of effective health, nutrition, hygiene, and gender practices.

The program will directly benefit a total of 171,232 individuals, including 165,535 students through improved literacy, nutrition, health, hygiene, and gender outcomes and will be implemented in the municipalities of Ainaro, Ermera, Manatuto, and Oecusse.

The program will also work with the Government of Timor-Leste to strengthen the skills and practices of an estimated 417 school administrators, 935 teachers, and 1,890 Parent-Teachers Association members.

While it will also help to economically empower farmers and volunteers as well as boost the agriculture production and market capacity of 540 farmers to contribute to sustaining the national School Feeding Program and indirectly reach an estimated 536,295 household members through increased access to information on parenting education, childcare, health, hygiene, nutrition, gender, agriculture, and economic empowerment.




Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia B.


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