Topu Honis children waving

About Topu Honis

Topu Honis Shelter Home provides loving care to over 100 children and 20 women in Oecussi, Timor-Leste. Founded in 1992 by an American missionary priest, Fr. Richard Daschbach, SVD, Topu Honis is a safe haven for anyone in need. Its residents include orphans, children from extremely poor homes, disabled adults, and women fleeing unwanted marriages or abuse.

Residents are given food, clothing, education, shelter, structure, and most importantly, a loving home. They are also equipped with skills and resources to choose the direction of their lives when they leave the Shelter Home. “Topu Honis” means “guide to life, leading by the hand” in the local Metonese language.


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