World Vision ends Healthy Relationship for a Violence-Free Future

World Vision ends Healthy Relationship for a Violence-Free Future

Image Celestina Teles

DILI, 15 november 2023 (TATOLI) – World Vision Timor-Leste (WVTL) concluded its three-year Healthy Relationship for a Violence-Free Future Activity in Covalima Municipality.

The USAID funded Healthy Relationships for a Violence-Free Future Activity is an Activity that had been implemented by World Vision Timor-Leste (WVTL) with the period of performance from August 17, 2020 to August 16, 2023.

The Activity promotes healthy, non-violent relationships, particularly between intimate partners, adolescents and their parents, and adolescents/youth. It brings these groups together to create dialogue and rebuild fractured relationships, change behaviors and attitudes, and the underlying gender norms and inequitable social structures that drive Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The activity targets 5,000 people in 16 suco (villages) in three Administrative Posts (four villages in Maucatar, four villages in Tilomar, and eight villages in Zumalai) in Covalima municipality in Timor-Leste.

The director of World Vision, Jared Berends, said that the three-year program helps to prevent violence and discrimination between partners in the communities: “We end the program.”

The Administrator of the Covalima municipality, Francisco De Andrade, said: “World Vision has successfully implemented the program in Covalima, helping many communities to live in peace and harmony.”

World Vision International is an ecumenical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization.

The organization’s activities include emergency relief, education, health care, economic development, advocacy, water/sanitation, food distribution, and promotion of justice.

WVTL programs have provided support to children and families to improve their nutrition and health care; reduce violence and restore healthy relationships; and improve livelihoods and resilience, particularly during natural disasters.

WVTL’s strategic goal is to reduce child stunting prevalence by five percent in target areas by 2025, which is supported by a combination of health/nutrition and livelihood practices, equitable nonviolent gender and family relationships, enhanced child protection practices, and the emergence of digital technology for financial inclusion.


Journalist: Celestina Teles

Editor: Cancio Ximenes

Translator: José Belarmino De Sá


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