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The YMCA Timor Leste celebrate Easter Day with children, adolescents, and youth.

The YMCA of Timor-Leste and the blessings team joined activities during the easter day celebration at the YMCA centre in Terra Santa, Suco Madohi, on 07th April 2024.  It was a great opportunity because we combined activities for children, adolescents, and youth at the same time. We take the opportunity to share our meaningful ideas on Eastern Day with participants. Even though we have a limitation of resources, we manage to have several activities such as singing a song, bible sharing and easter eggs hide and seek.

Pre-school Boa Esperanca reflections in easter day with students and teacher.

Dear Readers,

Greetings from the General Secretariat

May the renewal of life at Easter bring new blessings of love, peace, good health and happiness to YMCA members and your loved ones. Take this opportunity to share with you YMCA of Timor Leste Activities and meetings during March – April 2024.

Together, we can build a stronger, healthier, and more compassionate society. I wish you all the time filled with hope, joy, and new opportunities, from the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ with us, and thank you.

Best regards

Harun Yohanes Boavida

From general secretary

YMCA of Timor-Leste


Opening remarks from the YMCA of Timor-Leste, general secretary, continue with introduction sessions. The output of the meeting to strengthen the Japanese language course at the YMCA training centre and continue to improve learning sessions to enable participants to compete in the sessional workers for economic gain and, most importantly is, culture exchange between Japan and Timor-Leste. The meeting was held in the YMCA centre office in Terra Santa, Suco Madohi, Administrative Dom Aleixo, Municipality Dili, on 12th March 2024.

The outcome of the meeting was that the Japan Foundation agreed to support the YMCA training centre specific to Japanese language course teachers by providing learning materials to develop learning quality in the Japanese language. The Japanese Embassy in Dili also shared the Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP) with YMCA Timor-Leste to apply for improving the training room and preschool classroom because buildings require maintenance after 9-12 years of utilisation.

For the future existence of the training centre, the YMCA of Timor-Leste must improve the training facilities, such as furniture and classrooms, to meet national standards. We also shared that the YMCA got operational certificates for the Japanese language course program for a period of two years to improve facilities and room space to meet the minimum criteria of a training centre for accreditation purposes.

The Japan Foundation and Embassy representative visit Japanese language classroom to meet with participants while learning session is ongoing.