Timor-Leste, despite its difficult history, is becoming one of the safest countries in the world. It is known for its incredible natural beauty and its rich culture. Timor-Leste has transitioned from a country in turmoil to a peaceful and democratic place. The country boasts great natural beauty however the people, with their warm welcoming nature and natural generosity, are the most precious thing about Timor-Leste.
The Timorese however are still working to rebuild their country in the wake of a devastating civil war that claimed countless lives, decimated entire communities, and resulted in living conditions that are among the worst in the world. One-third of the population faces food shortages and many of the schools have been destroyed. The Salesians have been in Timor-Leste since 1927. The Salesians are working for young people across Timor-Leste in ministries that include schools, orphanages and medical clinics. In many of the Salesian works there is a real focus on teaching agricultural skills. Thus ensuring that the education provided is resulting in a realistic livelihood for the young people.
Timor-Leste is our closest neighbour. As a nation it is still finding it difficult to establish itself and advance into the 21st Century for this reason Timor-Leste is a new venture for the Cagliero Project. The Cagliero Project will seek volunteers at the various Technical Schools in Timor-Leste and to work with the young people in youth centres and orphanages.
The Cagliero Project supports the work of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Los Palos and Fatumaca.