1. Forum NGO Timor-Leste (FONGTIL)
  2. Registered Legaly at the Ministry of Justice Timor-Leste
  3. Civil Society Education Partnership Timor-Leste (CEPTIL)
  4. Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
  5. International Peace Youth Group (IPYG)


If you plan for a year-plant a Seeds, If you plan for ten years-plant the Tress and if you plan for hundreed years "Teach the People"

We are the youth-led organization and Empowering Local Youth to be a young change maker through the work that do in Timor Leste, please explore more our work through this website and our social media for furhter information about how and what we stand for;

Investing on us today is essential for the peaceful development and growth of the country.

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"If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests." -Kuan Chung

About Us

Timor-Leste has been suffering from violent conflict during the past decade. In the wake of the fighting, a generation of young people have had their education and chances of employment disrupted. With few options, many turn to gangs or violence and face limited prospects in life.

Action for Change Foundation (ACF) is a local non-profit organisation based in Dili, created by Timorese youth from different backgrounds who help each other through constructive activities. ACF engages vulnerable young people, teaches them new skills and helps them find employment. It promotes peace and non-violence through sports; and provides job-skills training to help transform lives.

To learn more about Timor-Leste and issues experienced by its youth, see Why We Exist. To see how ACF is addressing these issues please read about our Projects.

ACF is a small organisation achieving big results. It receives funding from international donors, but has a very limited operational budget for wages, rent and electricity etc, and relies on volunteer support and donated goods. If you Donate Now to ACF you can help us change the lives of Timorese young people; even a small amount really does make a big difference! If you would like to assist by fundraising, donating goods or volunteering, please Contact Us

Our Vision

Peace in East Timor with empowered and positively engaged young people.

Our Mission

To work with young people to promote peace and skills development in East Timor.

Our Values

  • Taking action,
  • Commitment to transforming skills of young people,
  • Opportunities for all,
  • Peace & Respect.


1. Legalized by the Ministry of Justice Timor Leste as a National Foundation 

2. Registered at Forum ONG Timor Leste (FONGTIL)
3. Acredited in Timor Leste Coalition for Education (TLCE)
4. Registered at Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
5. Recognized by Peace and Sport Community (Monaco)

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