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Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) NGOs provides essential food and non-food items to support the heavily affected families during the natural calamity

Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) NGOs provides essential food and non-food items to support the heavily affected families during the natural calamity

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DILI, 09 april 2021 (TATOLI)- The Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) consortium of NGOs (CARE International in Timor-Leste, Caritas Australia, Oxfam, World Vision and Plan International) handed over the essential food and non-food items to the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, at a small event at the SEPS office.

The supports are provided following the request from the Secretary of State for Civil Protection (SEPS) to support the government-led response and to distribute to the most heavily affected families during the natural calamity.

The items comprise of, Mattress (100 pcs), Tarpaulin (100B pcs), Blanket (1000 pcs), Kitchen sets (190 sets), Hygiene/dignity kits (200 package), Rubbish bin (30 pcs), Handwashing station (30 pcs), Stand banner with COVID-19 awareness raising message (30 pcs) and Soap bars (2160 bars in 15 boxes) funded by the Australian government.

“Our first concern is to make sure that all evacuees have access to safe accommodation and the food and essentials they need right now” Country Director of CARE International in Timor-Leste, lead agency of the AHP Consortium, Mr Peter Goodfellow said in a statement of delivery the supports.

“it is critical that we consider the needs of women and children, and people with disabilities, as we know from experience that these groups need extra attention in the early stages of an emergency” he added.

Australian Ambassador, Peter Roberts said despite the difficult condition, Australian Humanitarian Partnership NGOs were on the ground immediately, providing essential support for those who have had to temporarily relocate to evacuation centres.

“Under the Partnership, these NGOs work closely with the Secretary of State for Civil Protection throughout the year so that we are able to respond as quickly as they have, addressing urgent needs and also assisting with the needs assessments that will guide assistance going forward. “Ambassador Robert said.

The Secretary State of Civil Protection, Joaquim José Gusmão dos Reis Martins stated that “the severe flooding has resulted a significant damage to the houses’ of the community and public infrastructures (E.g. Roads and Bridges). As a result, most of the affected community (10,000 people) have been evacuated to the designated evacuation centers (19).

“I would like to take this opportunity to extend a sincere gratitude to the support given by Australia Embassy and its humanitarian consortium partners. It is hoped that the support will relief the pain and suffer of the community due to severe flooding and be able to recover to a normal life”He said.

Journalist: Nelia Borges

Editor: Rafael Belo

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