Fr Richard with Topu Honis children

A Gentle Leading

Founded in 1992 by a missionary priest in Oecussi, Timor-Leste, Topu Honis Shelter Home is a safe haven for more than 100 orphans, children from extremely poor homes, disabled adults, and women fleeing abuse. In the local Metonese language,Topu Honis means "guide to life, leading by the hand."


Unloading supplies

Serving Timor

More than just a loving home, Topu Honis provides health and nutrition, education and life skills, shelter and safety, college sponsorships, employment opportunities, and cultural preservation.


Volunteer teaches English

Make A Difference

Topu Honis volunteers see firsthand the difference that every volunteer hour and every dollar make in the lives of our residents. We want to share that life-changing opportunity with you! No contribution is too small to affect change, and we offer ways to engage with Topu Honis beyond monetary contributions.


Building Vibrant Lives

From gardening and cooking, to playing games and interacting with volunteers, Topu Honis children enjoy a wide-range of activities and learning opportunities each day.

playing games