ChildFund Timor-Leste recently initiated three pilot groups – health scouts, children against violence clubs and peer tutors – to address corporal punishment, bullying, poor health and nutrition, low academic competencies and low reading skills in several schools. Participants gain a deeper understanding of these issues and improve their social skills, such as communication and leadership. Many Timorese children also attend health and hygiene sessions conducted by adult health volunteers whom ChildFund trains. As part of a nutrition initiative, children who have learned about about gardening are now maintaining school gardens. They also participate in reproductive health sessions that cover prevention of early marriage and HIV and AIDS. The majority of the Timor-Leste population lives in remote, rural villages. Many children are forced to drop out of school because of the long distances they have to walk for school. Thanks to donated shoes from TOMS, thousands of Timorese children now walk more comfortably to school, boosting overall attendance.