"Water - Health - Environment"

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In Timor-Leste, access to clean water remains key concern

Original sources: www.ucanews.com

Widespread corruption hinders projects aimed at improving sanitation, water quality

In Timor-Leste, access to clean water remains key concern
Lourdes Mendonca collects water from a well in Asumau village (Photo by Siktus Harson)
Without access to clean water, Juliana Martines De Araujo’s family has suffered immensely over the past 33 years. Five of nine children died within their first few months, and another son has been confined to a wheelchair for years since contracting a severe stomach illness.
Until recently, an average day included four hours spent traveling back and forth to collect river water in heavy jerry cans that were parceled out for cooking, washing and bathing.
But after more than three decades, water has at last come to Aileu district’s Seloi Kraik village, located about an hour-and-a-half from the Timor-Leste capital of Dili.

Water Quality in Timor-Leste


Water Quality in Timor-LesteOne of the themes common to countries struggling with poverty is the ability for the population to have access to clean water and sanitation. The people of Timor-Leste are no different to the millions of others around the world who battle with this problem daily. Water quality in Timor-Leste is concerning, compounding many of the issues the country faces.
In Timor-Leste, the majority of fresh water comes from two sources, groundwater and surface water. Often abundant in areas, groundwater is largely underutilized in the country, whether down to a lack of finance, technology or other insurmountable problems. Surface water, on the other hand, is far easier to acquire, yet it also has a number of problems attached to it.

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Aplimentect Engineering Team left for Oecusse district for conducting a survey for three weeks. The survey will focus on the 12 water systems in six villages around district of Oecusse. The project  funded by USAID Timor-Leste as ongoing project of DWASH  which uncompleted in 2012. The engineering team is consist of 2 civil engineers, 2 community facilitators and 6 water surveyors.

Thursday, March 14, 2013


On March 14, 2013, the Government of Japan held a signing ceremony for Grant Contracts with four national NGOs at the Embassy of Japan. The Government of Japan provided over US$460,000 dollars in total for the following 4 project to meet basic Grant Assistance for Grass –Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).
(Project Name /Recipient/ Amount of Assistance)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Water Project in Suco Asumano, district Liquica

Aplimentec have been working with The Promise, a Korean NGO, for the installation of new water supply systems and one system refurbishment in the Asumano Suco in Liquica.

Aplimentec undertook the survey and design earlier this year, and have had one staff member, Jeronimo Pereira dos Anjos, working full time to help monitor construction quality.

When complete the three systems (Nunupu, Quirilelo Lower, and Quirilelo Upper) will provide water to approximately 780 people. The construction has been undertaken by the local communities.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Aplimentec Support DSAS Liquica Project

District SAS (Servico Água e Saneamento) Liquica through Miguel Almedia (DSAS Manager) has established the cooperation agreement with Aplimentec Foundation (Aplimentec Engineering Consultant) for conducting an engineering survey in water projects. The agreement was signed by both side in DSAS Office, district Liquica in 7 August 2012.

Miguel Almedia who represents DNSAS in the agreement said that the agreement is a part of Timor Leste government project for Liquica (PDID) water project that will be implementing in May 2013.

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Friday, August 24, 2012


Aplimentec Director, Justiano de Jesus and staffs were welcome Susannah Cullen (Suzie) from Engineering without Border (EWB) Australia to Aplimentec’s office, 24 August 2012, in Liquica district.  Suzie will work with Aplimentec for one year period specially in WASH program. Suzie was arrived in Dili since 31 July 2012 and went to Tetun class in DIT for 2 weeks.

Suzie present is a part of Aplimentec partnership support from EWB. Suzie will be running her roles to support Aplimentec in developing institutional capacity building and supporting empower the staff on WASH program. Suzie as well will support the engineering team in project management and human resources development inside Aplimentec Foundation.  

 “We would like to thanks to EWB, especially Mr. Kristian and his team which enable Suzie’s presence in Timor Leste. Suzie is not only important for Aplimentec but also for institutional development in overall. We are small institution, but we have vision and dream for a better future, particularly for the community we serve. To get there, we need support and effort from various elements. Suzie is part of that”, said Justiano.