Covalima Community Centre

Covalima Community Centre (CCC) support women’s groups with a focus on livelihoods strengthening and – increasingly – leadership; and are becoming more involved in advocacy work at district level. The Vision of CCC is to build a community in which everyone has the opportunity to develop their capacities so that they can contribute to the social and economic development of the District of Covalima, Timor Leste.

Covalima Community Centre AND IWDA

IWDA has partnered with CCC since 2009. IWDA initially began working with CCC indirectly by partnering with Friends of Suai/City of Port Philip (who are partners of CCC). In 2012, IWDA began partnering with CCC directly.

Quick Facts

  • In 2016, Timor Leste almost doubled the number of Village Chiefs elected to Suco or Village level government because of a new law that requires that at least one woman has to stand for election in every village. Women’s organisations, including the Covalima Community Centre (CCC) played a significant role in this success by providing leadership training to candidates.
  • CCC was established in 2000 in close partnership with the Friends of Suai/City of Port Phillip
  • CCC have provided women’s groups with seed funding, training and help to identify and connect to markets to develop their income-generation opportunities, and many have increased their incomes producing and selling vegetables, virgin oils, baskets and tais cloths.