Waste is a global concern for all of us. People produce massively more waste than our planet can sustain. Timor-Leste, particularly in Dili, the amount of garbage that people produce is progressively increasing as the population continues to grow. According to the waste assessment conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB, 2015), Dili municipality generates 190 tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) per day. One of the best management practices (BMPs) used to address an exaggerated amount of MSW - commonly known as garbage - including the installation of 300 brick-and-mortar containers around Dili. The brick-and-mortar containers (locally called bak sampah) are available for households to discard household waste. Unfortunately, there is still lack of environmental awareness in some communities on the impacts of littering, making it difficult to control the amount of waste being dumped in inappropriate locations such as drains, riverside, open space, open areas. Consequently, the inappropriate and irresponsible waste disposal management has caused some negative impacts on the environment and trigger health issues. Filthy and unsanitary environment provides favourable habitat for insects, vermin, and scavenging animals, which then proliferating and spreading air and waterborne diseases. The high influx of rubbish thrown in the river bank eventually end up in the river mouth and pollute the ocean. Plastic waste in particular, takes about 10-20 years to decompose and full decomposition of some plastic products will never be achieved, but instead will only be broken down into smaller pieces. Littering has generated issues related to clogging, inundation, foul odor, air pollution, groundwater contamination, and diseases.
Living in an island setting, the Timorese people have a close relationship with the ocean. For centuries, the ocean has always been providing and many generations and sustaining their livelihoods. Its abundance in marine resources has also made Timor-Leste’s water and its reefs (in Atauro) to be one of the most biodiverse in the world in 2016, according to Conservation International (CI) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). However, it has constantly been threat because of anthropocentric causes such as poor waste management, notably plastic waste. In Atauro, the majority of community relies on fishing and growing seaweed to support their lives, however, the increased amount of waste has slowly deteriorated the natural aspect of the beaches, affecting the quality of the coral reefs and marine ecosystem at large. The source of waste, marine debris, including plastic particles found in Timor’s water does not only come locally, but presumably from other neighboring countries carried by the ocean conveyor belt.
There is a growing concern over lack in education and environmental awareness in the national population that consist of 41% of people under 30 years of age. Some organizations, however, continue to undertake initiatives for regular beach clean-ups that involve students and local communities. It is often observed that there are minimum initiatives of the Government of Timor-Leste in regard to spreading environmental awareness. Coordination of roles between the government and non-government organizations is critical in pushing the appropriate interventions for waste management, combining education and action-based practices.
The team will use Challenge Prize approach to find creative arts, especially performing arts such as theater and visual arts that will be used as tools to raise public awareness in school, community, and even public spaces. The theater will be showed in a competition day and it will be recorded to use it in school or event campaign, while the visual arts will be exhibited in public spaces such as Timor Plaza.
08 Aug 2019: Application open
22 Aug 2019:Application close
24 Aug 2019: Pitching
30 Aug 2019: Result announcement
31 Aug 2019:Briefing for selected group
02 Sept 2019: Mentoring session
05 – 27 Sept 2019: Design
04 Sept 2019: Final submission (ready to be performed)
11 Oct 2019: Competition Day
12 Oct 2019 – May 2020: Support
There will be 4 winners per category. The incentive will be given 50% of the total amount to do their project in their group or community, and the rest will be given further after they run their project. This is to ensure that incentives are used within the group. Furthermore, each group will received certificate of achievement as well.
Category 1: Theater
1st Winner: 500 USD
2nd Winner: 300 USD
3rd Winner: 200 USD
4th Winner: 150 USD
Category 2: Visual Art
1st Winner: 500 USD
2nd Winner: 300 USD
3rd Winner: 200 USD
4th Winner: 150 USD
The mentoring session is divided into 3 categories: environmental awareness, theater & visual art
HRU Coordinator at Ministry of Finance
Master of HRM
Bachelor of Psychology
8 years teaching theatre for Teatriku Juvenil Salesiano (TJS) since 2008- 2016
3 years in Kommissar Kabaret Theatre Club in Melbourne Australlia
Environmental Technician at OASIS Sustainable Projects.
Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Worked with National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) New Zealand.
Member of Environmental
Sustainability and Conservation
movement in New Zealand:
- Lincoln Envirotown
-Te Ara Kakariki
Freelance Costum Design
Public Relations and Marketing Officer - Timor Leste organizing Committee for Expo Dubai 2020
Studied Theater at LPC UWC Hong Kong 2010 - 2012
Played a role in "Tragedy of Macbeth" dance production and "Cabaret" musical Theater Production at Luther College Iowa, USA in 2012/2014
Worked as Costume design Assistant for Theater Department
at Luther College,
Iowa, USA from
2013 - 2016
Salvador de Jesus
Cinematographer, writer and actor
Filmaker Consultant for HANDS video project at the ministry of Education
Bachelor of Screen Arts (Film and TV)
4 years of experience working as an actor
9 years of experience working as a filmmaker
1,5 years studied Visual Communication Design in Indonesia 2011 - 2012
1st mural painting with "Arte Klandestina" in Dili 2017 and 1st Solo painting exhibition at Manatuto 2018
10 months Cerficated from Darmasiswa Scholarship Program for art and culture - painting 2018-2019
Bachelor of Animal Science with an emphasis in Wildlife and Nature Conservation
Experienced in marine conservation field and public education and outreach that address environmental issues and
natural resources topics in 2015 - Present
Conducted beach clean-up that gathered students in Timor-Leste and did the socialization
for schools in Dili.
Joined Sanggar Masin from 2004-2005 and 2008-2009 to learn about painting on professional level.
Volunteered at DEJUKDDIL from 2013-2016, teaching Visual Art as well as Languages, such as Portuguese and English.
For almost five years since 2014, he joined Gembel Art Collective as a volunteer.
Often teaches basic drawings to young artists
Environmental Technician at UNDP Timor-Leste
Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning at Lincoln University
1 year supporting recycling promotion project and zero plastic policy
Participating YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management at East-West Center, Hawai'i
Youth Ambassador for Ocean and Climate Change
Awarded as Ocean and Climate Change Youth Ambassador in 2018
UNTL Finalist in Geology
Attended Dive Master Course at Dive Timor Lorosa'e
Fellow Tourism Intern in Hawai'i, USA
Also got a chance to dive in "Wreck Dive" - World War II
Youth groups' project/activities after the competition
acSEAon Project Presentation
As a part of art competition, 3R Timor-Leste participated in an “Ocean Summit 2019” event in Timor-Leste which was organized by U.S Embassy Dili and USAID to present the acSEAon project and explained how we can solve this problem starting from our SMALL ACTION, but has a BIG IMPACT.
Workshop: Waste Problem in Dili
Youth Community Care (YCC)
On 25 October 2019, Youth Community Care group held workshop on “waste problem in Dili municipality”. The speakers of this event were the President of Dili Municipality and National Director of Basic Saniation. This workshop was participated by university students in Dili, CVTL, Becora youth group and Suku Becora representatives.
Social Education-related Progam
Roman Foinsa'e Timor-Leste (RFTL)
After the competition, the RFTL youth group in coordination with 12 November Committee run a social education-related program at Bibileo, Viqueque municipality, on 11 – 12 November 2019. The main objectives are to commemorate 28th Santa Cruz Massacre and 14th national youth day, and share the history of Santa Cruz Massacre to young generations. The activities included a workshop, competition to primary school’s students on the history of Santa Cruz Massacre, public speech competition to high school students, night reflections, solemnity mass, and cemetery visits.
Workshop and Beach Clean-up
Juventude Foinsa'e Hadomi Komunidade (JFHK)
In December 2019, the JFHK youth group held workshops and beach clean-up as part of the art competition. The workshop was held at ICS Dili (Health Science institute), which aimed to increase the capacity of JFHK’s members and how to serve the community, and share the information to their fellows on how to live in a healthier life. The beach clean-up was taking place from Metiaut to Cristo Rei. Moreover, JFHK also disseminated the information to the community who live close to the Tibar Landfill.
Christmas Gathering with Atauro Communities
Environmental Activities (ENVACERS)
As part of post-competition project implementation, ENVACERS travelled to Atauro Island to celebrate Christmas with communities. They run different activities such as information sharing about waste, teaching kids on how to do origami, distributing second-hand clothes to the community, including movie night. It took place in suku Akrema on 19 - 21 December 2019.
Theater Performance on "Ocean Summit 2019"
Team HEK (Halibur Enjiñeiru Kreativu)
Theater Performance on the Declaration of Independence Day
EWC Chapter Dili
EWC alumni in Timor-Leste
Timorese Youth Initiative For Development