DILI, 16 april 2021 (TATOLI)- The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Timor-Leste, Andrew Jacobs and the Country Director of Plan International Timor-Leste, Dillyana Ximenes, handed over the support package, including food and hygiene items, to 50 university students at Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) who were affected by the recent flash floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The activity is part of the COVID-19 Response project funded by the European Union.
The Ambassador of the European Union, Andrew Jacobs offered his solidarity to the families affected from the Covid-19 pandemic and the victims of flash flooding, by saying that, The European Union stands by the people of Timor-Leste at this time of suffering.
“Unprecedented flooding has significantly impacted the lives of the students and has consequences with education. We recognise that some students and their families may not be able to return to normality for some time. To help affected students we are pleased to make available food and hygiene items to cover their essential needs”. Mr Jacob said in a statement.
The Country Director of Plan International Timor-Leste, Dillyana Ximenes emphasized the provision to university students during the crisis is vital to ensure that they attain support their daily basic needs.
“Plan International is proud working with the European Union as well as other consortium members to support these university students, who have been affected by flash floods and COVID-19 pandemic, focusing to female students”. Mrs Ximenes said.
The COVID-19 response project has been implemented by Plan International Timor-Leste in a consortium with Care, Oxfam, World Vision, and Catholic Relief Service (CRS), reaching to vulnerable households in Dili, Baukau, Viqueque, Aileu, Likisa, Covalima, Oekuse and Ermera.