Dili, 23 April 2020, Today, His Excellency Mr. Ekapol Poopipat, Ambassador of Kingdom of Thailand to Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, joined Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL) in the inauguration of rehabilitation of the first Red Cross building in Timor-Leste.

The original building was built in 1967 for the then Portuguese Red Cross by a contractor from Portugal (Bloco Fundacaso) and became the Headquarters for the work for Red Cross did across the country for the then named East Timor. In 1975, the building was used by PMI (Indonesia Red Cross) until 1999. In 2000, CVTL was formed and worked from the offices in Bidau Santa Ana Dili.

Through the great support of many National Red Cross Societies from across the world, CVTL moved into newly built offices in Na’in Feto in 2016, behind the old building (which had been used by CVTL Dili Branch since 2012).

In June, last year (2019) CVTL was graced by a visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn from Thailand (and who is also the Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross Society). Part of Her Royal Highness’s visit included a tour of the old Red Cross building. In September, 2019, The Princess agreed to generously support the rehabilitation of the building.  

The total cost of the rehabilitation of the building was USD 284,998.98.

CVTL  President, Madelana Hanjan said today “in these difficult times in both Timor-Leste and across the world, Red Cross continues to play a vital role in working with vulnerable communities. CVTL will use the freshly renovated building to build on our Blood mobilization; training rooms and offices as well as a small museum.”

“We are so excited about our building being restored and are very grateful for the generous support from Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, as well as the Royal Thai Embassy who facilitated the process,” said CVTL President.

CVTL President,Secretary-General, Staff and Board Members with the  Ambassador of Kingdom of Thailand to Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, HE Excellency Mr. Ekapol Poopipat, participated in a small ceremony, to inaugurate the building today.