Gift of Light

Support our work in East Timor

Help the ATA bring clean, renewable lighting to remote East Timorese communities.

East Timor is one of the poorest countries in our region. The majority of rural households depend on kerosene and candles for lighting, the price of which is a burden on families’ limited income, meaning many have no light source after dark. Energy poverty is also a generator of ill-health and environmental degradation, limits economic growth, and contributes to poor education and gender inequities.

Despite having plans to electrify much of the country, the Government of East Timor is resigned to the fact that at least 20% of the population or 40,000 homes will not have access to a centralised grid in the next 20 years.

Since 2003, ATA volunteers have been traveling throughout East Timor installing small, inexpensive solar power systems that provide lighting for thousands of households as well as community centres, orphanages, schools and hospitals. Click here for more info.

Give the gift of light to families in East Timor this Christmas by buying a solar panel for an East Timorese family for just $50, a whole solar system for $300, a solar system and training for one village technician for $500, or by making a general donation to the International Projects Group. You will be sent a card that tells what your donation has achieved.