ASSERT is a registered NGO in Timor Leste and was established in 2003 by The Cambodia Trust (a UK Based Charity founded on 1989) following a two year consultation process between The Cambodia Trust and the Timorese Government.
The main aim of ASSERT is to provide high quality rehabilitation services for people with physical disabilities in Timor Leste through the provision of prosthetics, orthotics, disability aids such as wheelchairs and to enable and empower them to achieve equal access to mainstream health, education, training and employment.
ASSERT operates out of the
Timor Loro Sa’e centre for Physical Rehabilitation, Becora, Dili which was the
first rehabilitation centre for persons with disabilities established in Timor
Leste. The centre also provides
physiotherapy, occupational therapy, a workshop for the production of
prosthetics and orthotics, a wheelchair service which has the capacity to cater
for extensive modifications to suit individual wheelchair requirements.
ASSERT tried to provide to all the country
being the only physical rehabilitation center but it’s limited by a lot of
factor including human resource, local and affordable material, local
resources, funding and political will to sustain the programs and support the
disability sector in providing equal opportunities to all people including
people with disabilities.
Since 2010, ASSERT continue to expand and improve its capacity to provide physical rehabilitation services in the country through an increase in human resource capacity – 2 physical therapists (PT) and 2 occupational therapy (both training were sponsored by the Charitable Foundation - TCF) to work alongside the only Category II CPO in the country. In order to expand ASSERT’s service to the countryside, increasing awareness and developing more partnership with the community and other development organizations through the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Program (An European Commission' fund through CBM).