Celebrating 24 Years of Humanitarian Service: CVTL and PMI Strengthen Ties at Timor-Leste-Indonesia Border

21/6/2024 Bobonaro – Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste ( CVTL – Timor-Leste Red Cross) celebrated its 24th Anniversary in Cowa Village, Balibo Administrative Post, Bobonaro Municipality to strengthen humanitarian services on the Timor-Leste and Indonesia Border.
With the theme: ‘Keeping Humanity Alive,’’ this anniversary celebrates the long and strong friendship between the CVTL and Indonesia Red Cross (PMI) to improve coordination between the two parties on the Timor-Leste and Indonesia border.
In his speech, the Secretary-General of CVTL, Mr. Luis Pedro Pinto, said “this is a great opportunity to show solidarity and collaboration between CVTL and PMI to strengthen the friendship between the two countries and promote security and well-being for the border communities. This event is part of a longer commitment for continuous cooperation and sharing the humanitarian spirit between these two National Societies. We continue to strengthen the skills of our staff and volunteers to meet the urgent needs of the community and help prepare them for emergency situations.”
His Excellency, Okto Dorinus Manik, the Ambassador of the Indonesian Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste, congratulated and celebrated CVTL’s 24th Anniversary. “ CVTL and PMI have long had good working relationships and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cross Border issues in recent years. This MoU strengthens and enhances the good friendship between PMI and CVTL for a better and stronger future to respond to any disaster situation that occurs at the border area.”
His Excellency the Secretary of State for Civil Protection (SEPC), Domingos Mariano Reis, on behalf of the Civil Protection Authority (APC), extended his congratulations on CVTL’s 24th Anniversary . He said, “we greatly appreciatesthe extraordinary service that CVTL has provided in this country, especially in aiding communities in difficult situations. As the Civil Protection Authority, I greatly appreciate the Red Cross and its many missions that have always supported our population in Timor-Leste against the threat of various disasters and catastrophes.”
“I want to emphasize that the mission of Red Cross is truly significant, especially in providing humanitarian assistance worldwide without discrimination, particularly without regard to colour, race, religion, or ethnicity. Therefore, this mission undertaken by the Red Cross is a major responsibility, characterized by impartiality, independence, and non-discrimination”, he said.
On this occasion the following activities were carried out:
Dissemination of the operational identity, mandate and 7 fundamental principles of the Red Cross movement; History of CVTL; Blood Donation activities; Health activities including eye treatment; A Tug-o-War game between – ; Community of Village Cowa Vs CVTL, F-FDTL/PNTL-UPF Vs Ministry of Health Municipality of Bobonaro/APC as well as distribution of shoes to students.
CVTL’s birthday celebration was attended by the Ambassador of KBRI in Dili Timor-Leste, PMI Belu-Atambua, the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, the representative of the Ministry of the Interior, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL), the Boundary Police Unit (PNTL-UPF), ICRC Delegation in Timor Leste, IFRC Representative, the Cowa Village Community in five Sub-Village.
This activity is supported funding from ; ICRC, IFRC, American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, with support also from : Telkomcel in Timor-Leste, Million Lighting, and Million Solar.

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