Although I’ve been at home sick with some mystery illness the last week, before that, I went out to Lautem district, the Easternmost part of Timor Leste, to take some photographs for my volunteer work with Plan Timor-Leste.
Here’s a couple of the photos. (Note: all images copyright Plan/Ashlee Betteridge. Do not reproduce without permission).
The kids are gorgeous… however it was tough getting nice shots. They were pretty shocked to have a giant white lady show up at their playgroup in fairly remote villages, and then even more shocked when she started crawling around on the ground making stupid faces and noises while holding some big black box thing. Because the children speak Fataluku, I couldn’t even communicate with them in the very basic Tetum I have, so any directions had to be translated through multiple languages.
It was fun though, and thankfully the initial shock disappeared from the kids faces after about 15-20 minutes or so as they became engrossed in their activities. I was also pretty relieved that I didn’t make any kids cry by my mere presence (it has happened before)!
It was really great to see the fantastic projects that Plan is doing to help children access their right to a healthy start in life here in Timor.