Fr. Richard Daschbach, a native of Pittsburgh, USA is the founder and director of Topu Honis Shelter Home in East Timor. Topu Honis was founded in 1993 and provides a loving happy home for children. The mission of Topu Honis Shelter Home is “To provide a home for those who don’t have one.”
Topu Honis is located in one of the world’s poorest countries. Timor-Leste has a per capita GDP of $536/ year (2010 IMF estimate) and a child malnutrition rate of close to 50%. A patriarchal culture results in high rates of domestic violence and limited opportunities for girls and women. Topu Honis not only meets the practical needs of food, shelter, and clothing for its members, it also works towards gender equality and
women’s empowerment. Fr. Daschbach has lived in the region since 1966 and has dedicated his life to serving the people of the Oecussi Mountains. This year he also celebrates the golden anniversary of his priestly ordination.