Fifth Youth Camp organized by Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste | 30 June – 2 July 2017 | Baucau, Timor-Leste

Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL or Timor-Leste Red Cross) held the fifth Youth Camp event to ignite the spirit of volunteerism among young volunteers from 30 June to 2 July in Baucau, Timor-Leste. Around 44 young volunteers (aged 12 to 25 years old) participated in this gathering to share experiences, learn new skills and build future youth programming.

The involvement of young volunteers at Timor-Leste Red Cross is crucial to ensure that the services run at the community level. To date, youth programme covers health promotion, HIV/ AIDS campaign and first aid respectively. The volunteers play a pivotal role in educating their peers to practise healthy lifestyle as well as in disseminating disaster risk reduction issues in areas prone to natural disaster.

During the Youth Camp gathering, the volunteers evaluated their programmes and developed new interventions to help more people in need. One new agenda identified is to reach out to vulnerable groups including elderly, children and disabled people in their respective communities. Timor-Leste Red Cross hopes that by targeting vulnerable groups it will strengthen the community based programmes across the country.

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Gender Policy (CVTL)

Gender Policy (CVTL)

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Approved in April 2017, this policy defines the main approach of the Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL) on how to address gender issues in the actions. The policy was established based on the CVTL’s needs for taking part and ensuring that the gender differences are taken into account and dealt with in relation to core programs as defined in the CVTL’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, such as disaster relief, disaster preparedness, health and promotion of humanitarian values.

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The policy sets out that a gender perspective is required to ensure that men’s and women’s specific needs, vulnerabilities and capacities (set in the broader context of class, ethnicity, race and religion) are recognized and addressed. It further delineates CVTL’s commitments, actions and responsibilities.

Usage: Guidance for implementation

Audience: National Society staff and volunteers

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Publication date: June 1, 2017
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Timor-Leste Red Cross continues to support communities affected by drought

Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL) of Timor-Leste Red Cross, in December 2016, distributed family kits and hygiene kits to 1,248 families affected by drought in three districts; Lautem, Viqueque and Baucau. This activity is part of the operation for the effects of El Nino, which was launched in April 2016. In addition to the distribution of family kits and hygiene kits, on 5-8 December 2016, CVTL distributed cash for food to 466 families in Viqueque. Previously, CVTL delivered clean water to communities in those three districts.

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Drought Operation: Unconditional Cash for Food Distribution

Drought Operation: Unconditional Cash for Food Distribution

On, 19 October 2016, Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL) conducted cash for food distribution for 2,700 families in Timor-Leste, who have been affected by drought caused by El Nino. A rapid assessment conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) estimates that at least 120,000 people have been severely affected across five districts (Baucau, Covalima, Lautem, Oecusse and Viqueque), with 45.9 per cent of households across the country likely to experience food insecurity from April to June. Each family received around USD 50 to help them provide basic needs (food and water). The Drought Operation in Timor-Leste will cover 27,500 people (5,500 families) affected by drought, attributed to El Niño, in the districts of Baucau, Lautem and Viqueque with appropriate assistance in a timely, effective, and efficient manner, and support them to recover from the impact of the drought and increase their resilience to future shocks.

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