Baucau is the second-largest city in East Timor, after Dili, the capital. Baucau is home to over 16,000 people and is located in the eastern part of the country.
Mercy Works is proud to partner with the Australian Marist Solidarity is supporting the Katilosa Community Centre in this district.
Katilosa Community Centre
Katilosa Community Centre is a non-government organisation (NGO) run by the local people based in the small village of Darasula in Baucau District, Timor-Leste.
Over 250 children, youth and adults with disabilities in the Baucau District of Timor-Leste are able to access much needed support through this project.
The community centre is a safe place for disabled children and their families to come together during the dry season to interact with one another, building critical support networks. Transportation is also provided to and from the centre as many of those who rely on these services cannot access public transport.
The Community Based Rehabilitation outreach program run from the centre offers physiotherapy, assessments and referrals to other critical services to all those who seek help. This program also provides an inclusive educational component which helps to reintegrate children back into their local schools, bringing back some routine back into the lives of those students and greater opportunities for learning.