Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, May 7, 2024 [Dili, Timor-Leste] – In a move to bolster initiatives aimed at the nation’s youth, President José Ramos-Horta hosted ambassadors’ spouses at the Presidential Palace on Monday, appealing for collaborations to improve child nutrition and development in Timor-Leste.


The focal point was garnering international backing for the “Dapur ba Povu” or “Kitchen for the People” program, which provides nutrient-rich meals to children living near the Presidential Palace grounds. Ramos-Horta underscored the critical importance of ensuring Timor’s young people have access to proper nourishment, educational opportunities, and essential needs to foster their healthy growth.

Our nation’s future rests on the well-being of our children today,” Ramos-Horta told the assembled guests. “We must come together to pave the way for Timor-Leste’s prosperous future by investing in their development.
Flantina Manik, spouse of the Indonesian Ambassador, voiced the international community’s enthusiasm to take part. “This meeting signifies the start of our involvement in the President’s crucial initiatives like preventing stunting. We must join hands and work collectively so that our children receive the necessities they require.”

Extending beyond just the “Dapur ba Povu” program, Ramos-Horta appealed for collaboration on broader presidential efforts to uplift the nation’s youth through improved healthcare, education access, and economic opportunities. He urged the active participation of Timor-Leste’s global partners in this national development process.

The ambassadors’ spouses pledged their commitment, expressing that prioritizing children’s well-being today establishes the foundation for a thriving, prosperous Timor-Leste tomorrow. As the meeting concluded, there was palpable optimism about unified action to nurture and empower the nation’s greatest resource – its young people.

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