The Alola Foundation was established in 2001 by the then First Lady, Kirsty Sword-Gusmao, to raise awareness and campaign against the sexual and gender-based violence inflicted on women and girls in Timor-Leste. The Foundation takes a multilateral approach to responding to the needs of women through major program areas of Advocacy, Economic Development, Maternal and Child Health, and Education and Literacy.
Alola’s Education and Literacy Program acknowledges the challenges faced by teachers with limited training, experience and resources.
In partnership with the Alola Foundation, MAMA funded a new Mobile Library designed as a transportable facility to reach remote or marginalised communities in Timor-Leste, containing comprehensive resources and delivering educational programs to pre-primary and primary aged children.
The MAMA Mobile Library targets remote communities to promote parental and community involvement in children’s education, demonstrate and implement model routines in children’s activities, and measure changes in community attitudes to literacy and education. It will also be a vehicle for engaging unemployed young to participate in activities that benefit children in their communities, by providing them with training and support to lead after-school activities for primary school-aged children.