What does the festive season mean to you? Every year as we prepare for Christmas here in New Zealand, Maria prepares her family for months of hunger. Known as the hungry season in Timor-Leste, during this time, many families have eaten all their available food, and the next harvest isn’t ready.
Timor-Leste is one of our poorest neighbours. Almost half the population live in poverty, and child malnutrition rates are the third highest in the world.
Climate change means you don’t know when – or if – it’s going to rain, making farming more difficult. Even though Maria and her family have done little to contribute towards climate destruction, they are on the frontline and are paying the highest price.
Your support is urgently needed to help change this. Your donation today will help change Maria’s situation and ensure her family does not go hungry. It will also work to change the systems that keep Maria in poverty and her children hungry.