empowerment and capacity building are vital to their full participation in, contribution to, and enjoyment of the benefits of the reconstruction and development of Timor-Leste. More fundamentally, however, Ba Futuru has proceeded from the assumption that the actualisation of this vision must involve creating the space for children's voices to be heard, and allowing the children of Timor-Leste to ... [Show full abstract] choose for themselves how best to improve their lives as children, and as citizens of a free nation. The TAHRE programme currently consists of 14 hour-long workshops, with activities broken down into five, ten, 15 and 20 minute sections. The workshops utilise a number of techniques to engage the children and impart lessons. These include: brainstorming, guided drawing and imagery, storytelling, partnering and mentoring, game playing and role play, and the creation of individual, paired and group artwork. Recognising that children, particularly those who have suffered extreme loss and trauma, are often initially extremely shy and withdrawn, and may have had limited contact with Malay (white foreigners), the opening sessions focus primarily on building trust, establishing a positive rapport with the children, and creating a safe and comfortable space for their expression. Following discussion between facilitators and the children on how we might work together and the agreement of some foundations and 'ground rules' of the programme, the children then create personal name badges and journals, which they use throughout the course of the programme to draw, record ideas, feelings, and so on. Over the coming sessions, children's thoughts about themselves and their knowledge of human rights and children's rights are assessed. Through brainstorming, role plays and group discussions, we examine concepts of human rights, self worth and conflict resolution, the relationship between respect for oneself and the human rights of others, and how to maximise both in the achievement of wants and needs. Timor- Leste's human rights obligations under international and domestic law, and the role of human rights in the rebuilding of the nation, are also considered. The final sessions draw key concepts together, and evaluate the impact of the curriculum by re-assessing children's understanding of human rights and conflict resolution, of how they feel art has helped them learn and heal, and of changes in their sense of self and respect for others.