YMCA of Timor-Leste Signed an MOU with Civil Society Support Office at Prime Ministry office (Gabinete de Apoio á Sociedade Civil) for a Grant

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YMCA of Timor-Leste  Signed an MOU with Civil Society Support Office at Prime Ministry office (Gabinete de Apoio á Sociedade Civil) for a Grant

A. Background

The aim of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was signed on 5th June 2024 between the YMCA of Timor-Leste and the prime minister's office is to improve the education system and ensure economic sustainability, social and political. The YMCA of Timor-Leste as the first youth organization were received donations from the government to participate in the national development. Throughout the cooperative agreement that was established between the YMCA of Timor-Leste and the government of Timor-Leste to improve the existing infrastructure of preschool facilities and establish Japanese language training centre facilities at YMCA Centers. As part of the donation also developing the YMCA Timor-Leste Standard Operational procedures (SOP) to execute and utilize the donations through transparency and accountability.

According to the census 2022  (UNFPA, 2022), the administration of Dom Aleixo, where YMCA training is located, has a total population of 165,522 persons, a total of 29,867 houses, a number men with a total of 83,872 persons and women a total of 81,650 persons.

B. The main challenges that YMCA Timor-Leste will focus on in 2024

-        To improve school infrastructure, specifically to establish adequate facilities aligned with national standards for a secure and safe environment for pre-schools.

-        Establish a language training centre by improving facilities and dedicating space for Japanese language courses.

-        To improve institutional capacity

-        Reactive sports activities such as football and youth movement in inter-faith activities.

C. Beneficiaries table







31 persons

44 persons

75 persons


36 persons

37 persons

73 persons

Table 1: Pre-eskolar students







12 persons

56 persons

68 persons


27 persons

33 persons

60 persons


18 persons

41 persons

59 persons

Table 2: Students of Japan Language Course

D. Activity

Japan language training certificate handover from Japan Ambassador Mr. Kimura Tetsuya and participated by the Timor-Leste ambassador to Japan Mr. Ilidio Ximenes da Costa, and Representative from the Secretary State for Training and employment (SEFOPE).

Photo of handover certificates to students of Japan language training

By-Harun Yohanes Boavida

General secretary

YMCA of Timor-Leste