CVTL Celebrates 17th Birthday

22 Jun, 2017 Dili – Today is our Birthday. 17 years ago on the 22nd of June, 2000, CVTL (Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste – Timor-Leste Red Cross), started its humble beginnings. But Red Cross was in Timor-Leste many decades before – with Portuguese Red Cross, Indonesia Red Cross (PMI), and International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) – who played a vital role during the struggle for independence.

With Timor-Leste’s new independence in 2000, sixteen Timorese, (many who worked with Red Cross), decided that it was time to have our own Red Cross and CVTL was formed. Some of our founding fathers, still work with CVTL today!

Today we celebrate the thousands of volunteers who do the important work of CVTL across the whole country which is so necessary for our nation. We have 13 Branches in all Municipalities; we have 8,500 volunteers who have a variety of roles in the Branches; we have 177 staff – again throughout the country. We are a strong, diverse and vibrant organization that continues to grow.

Our programs are many: emergency repose; disaster preparedness and risk reduction; water and sanitation; health promotion; livelihoods; first aid (both community and commercial); HIV/AIDS prevention; dissemination, tracing, and youth. From helping people be prepared for a disaster; healthy you training (climate change, say no to drugs, road safety and much more); working in communities installing water stems to ease the life of families; first aid training for volunteer and beneficiary communities as well as commercial first aid; educating people about HIV/Aids; supplying first aid kits; and educating all including the armed forces about the important role of Red Cross during disasters and civil unrest.

CVTL is based on the seven fundamental principles which are followed by all 190 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies across the world: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Neutrality, Unity, Universality and Voluntary Service.

CVTL is Timor-Leste’s leading humanitarian organization and works as an auxiliary to Government in emergency response and for vulnerable communities within Timor-Leste It was formally recognized by the Timor-Leste Government in a Decree Law in 2005 and was recognized as the 183rd member of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

For more information, contact Estanislau Guterres – Communication Coordinator on +670 7723 1421