Primarily an advocacy and lobbying body, RHTO works with local and national levels of government to create a climate of inclusion and support integration of people with disabilities into all sectors of society. RHTO undertakes awareness-raising activities, and provides training on disability for NGOs, government and other development partners.
Since 2012, RHTO has also directly implemented a community-based rehabilitation program, assisting people with disability to access health services, education, livelihood opportunities, and improving their community participation. RHTO also actively lobbies for people with disabilities to get access to justice.
RHTO is based in Dili, the capital city and most urban location in Timor-Leste. Dili is a smallish, bustling, coastal town of approximately 200,000 people, including a diverse international expatriate population. It is home to Timor-Leste’s major seaport, international airport and commercial centre. Many social activities congregate around the cafes, bars and restaurants on the beach and there are excellent local diving and snorkelling opportunities. Several supermarkets, shopping plaza and markets provide locally-grown organic fruit and vegetables and fresh fish is available daily along the waterfront.
RHTO received its first large funding in 2011.
It is still a young organisation and learning how to implement successful
projects. The organisation is now very focused on developing staff capacity,
skills and confidence, and organisational systems to be professional,
transparent, accountable and sustainable.