Ba Futuru / For the Future

To contribute to peace-building and sustainable human development by facilitating the psychosocial recovery of conflict-affected, vulnerable and at-risk children and youth, and by developing the knowledge, skills and values of community leaders, young people and their care-givers in the areas of human rights, children's rights, child protection and non-violent conflict transformation.

Ba Futuru / For the Future
Peace Center, Golgota, Comoro Road
Dili, Dili
East Timor
+6703322437
http://www.bafuturu.org

National Director

Juliana 'Lica' Marcal

Management Team

Sierra James, Laura Ogden, Joana Camoes, Vidal Campos, Helio dos Reis, Maria Elisabeth Chan, Nivea Saldanha

Board of Directors

Melissa E Wingard-Phillips, James P Coy, Daniel Wilde, Juliana O Marcal, Flavio S Martins, Sierra E James, Megan Lavelle, Danielle Heinecke, Sierra James, Laura Ogden, Joana Camoes, Vidal Campos, Helio dos Reis, Maria Elisabeth Chan, Nivea Saldanha

Project Leaders

Sierra James

Mission

To contribute to peace-building and sustainable human development by facilitating the psychosocial recovery of conflict-affected, vulnerable and at-risk children and youth, and by developing the knowledge, skills and values of community leaders, young people and their care-givers in the areas of human rights, children's rights, child protection and non-violent conflict transformation.

Programs

Ba Futuru is a prominent local peace building organization in Timor-Leste. Ba Futuru staff are renowned for their quality training skills and have provided educational training programs to more than 25,000 children, youth, teachers and community leaders since 2004. Various international organizations and the Timorese government regularly contract Ba Futuru to offer its training programs in locations across the country. Ba Futuru has provided trainings in all of the thirteen districts of Timor-Leste. Ba Futuru's activities are founded on the principles of mutual learning, capacity development, artistic self-expression and human rights-based programming. Ba Futuru believes that every child counts and thus works to transform the lives of children, both through working directly with children as well as improving the skills of individuals who affect the well-being of young people. At the same time, Ba Futuru works to strengthen the structures for the protection of women and children at the grassroots and national levels while empowering women and children as active participants in their communities. Early Childhood Development Initiative Donor: the Sunrise Joint Venture Description: A preschool (early childhood facility) for 2-6 year-olds is now in operation at Ba Futuru, serving children from the local community, staff's children, and other Timorese and international children residing in Dili. The preschool is staffed by trained Timorese and international early childhood educators and provides an enriching and stimulating learning environment in the years before formal schooling. An early childhood curriculum and training manual have been developed and more than 150 early childhood educators have received early childhood education training. Timeframe: September 2012 - June 2014 Empowering Women and Establishing Grassroots Protection Networks Donors: European Commission and AusAID Description: This three-year project has now entered the second year of implementation, on Atauro Island. Project activities include training for 'key actors' in local communities in child protection, peace-building, gender equality. Female Protection Team Coordinators (PTCs) in the target areas receive further training in leadership, decision-making and referral of protection cases, and are supported to develop an active Protection Team (PTs) in their home communities to support vulnerable people and victims of abuse. Annual policy recommendations are prepared based on the project's findings, and used as an advocacy tool with government. Timeframe: Nov 2011 - Oct 2014 High Schools Transformation Project Donor: Oaktree Foundation Description: This three-year project proposes to transform two high schools in Dili (Nicolau Lobato in Tasi Tolu and 99 Atauro on Atauro Island) through various components of intervention, including: teacher training, strengthening governance mechanisms, infrastructure upgrades including IT labs and libraries, the incorporation of peace education and life skills into the curriculum, extra-curricular activities for students and inclusiveness scholarships. A how-to film documenting the project's progress and the transformation of the schools will be produced, to be used as an advocacy and knowledge-sharing tool with other key education stakeholders including the Government. Timeframe: April 2013 to March 2016 Consolidating Peace & Democracy Initiative Donors: Current British Embassy in Jakarta / Various future donors pending for project continuation Description: The Consolidating Peace and Democracy Initiative (CPDI) will work to prevent conflict and transform Timor-Leste into a peaceful democracy. The project will build on our partnership with the Secretary of State for Security (SoSS) by working together with SoSS National Directorate for Prevention of Community Conflict (NDPCC), which is the main government body responsible for community conflict prevention as stated in Timor-Leste's Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030. The three month version of the project will provide four five-day intensive conflict resolution and civic education trainings for violence-involved youth living in high conflict parts of Dili. Although Ba Futuru is currently undertaking a 3-month version of this project, we hope that with additional funding the project can be extended to cover an addition two-year period. The longer term CPDI project will focus on empowering the NDPCC staff to become key agents for peace and civic education. We will do so through capacity building and mentoring in training methods and together engaging key actors in conflict prevention at the local level. Through these trainings, they will get hands-on practice implementing conflict prevention training, and engaging communities in conflict analysis and mapping. Timeframe: January to March 2014 The Pathway to Justice Project Donors: UNDP Description: The Pathway to Justice Project will contribute to the implementation of the National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence, specifically to the achievement of Strategic Focus 1: Prevention of Gender-Based Violence, by providing information on domestic and gender-based violence prevention and referral pathways through 5 trainings and 10 theatre performances in the Suai Judicial District. The project will work to increase awareness of the formal justice system and the processes by which citizens can access it and will help to reduce domestic and gender-based violence (DV and GBV, respectively) through the promotion of gender equality and gender-equitable behaviours and attitudes. The project will aim at reducing the violence against women through training for perpetrators and the dissemination of information on the benefits of positive relationships, gender equality, and legal frameworks, including the Law Against Domestic Violence. The project will work in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice and UNDP, and the training for perpetrators will be part of their suspended prison sentences for DV and GBV crimes. This will be a pilot and if the concept is successful we hope to expand upon it in the future. Timeframe: June 2014 to January 2015 Drama Program Donors: Various, including Paz y Desarrollo, UNDP, GIZ, Justice Facility in 2013 Description: Ba Futuru's Drama Program is contracted by various funders to develop and perform theatrical pieces around various topics, to be performed in the districts and on national television. Topics include women's political participation, nutrition, domestic violence, child protection, peace building and conflict prevention and resolution. Currently, Ba Futuru is producing a series of four short videos featuring a female peace-building superhero, Feto Fantastiku (Fantastic Woman), who resolves community-level conflicts. Drama is now being built into other Ba Futuru projects to enhance community education and awareness-raising, eg. A performance about positive discipline and positive school relationships will feature in the Strengthening Peace in the Lives of Children project this year. The Drama Program now has a full-time dedicated national Project Coordinator, and a pool of staff and volunteer actors. Timeframe: Ongoing

Statistics on Ba Futuru / For the Future

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $1,012,674
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $1,012,674
  • Other funding sources: International NGOs, Foundations, Corporations, International organizations, Government, Religious organizations, Income generating projects, and Sales.
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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