Small grants make a big difference in local communities

Meet health and nutrition graduates and Australia Awards alumni Celestina and Imaculada.

After both studying in Australia and working back home in the health sector, they developed a plan to use their knowledge and skills to help mothers in remote areas of Timor-Leste improve their family’s nutrition. Using an Australian government funded grant from the Timor-Leste Australia Alumni Association @ausTLalumni they started working with the community in Soilesu village, Bobonaro and formed a mother’s nutrition group.

As well as sharing information about the Ministry of Health’s @ministeriodaSaudeTL 1000 days National Nutrition Program the next stage of the project involves developing land the community’s identified to grow a kitchen garden, that will benefit 18 mothers and their family members.

Celestina Aurea Magno said that, “mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding need to be able to consume nutritious food for their baby’s growth, brain development and health”.

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