Subject: Timor-Leste International Monitoring April 5, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring April 5, 2004


East Timor junior Soccer team visits Korea

East Timor, a soccer powerhouse in Asia. Sounds like a joke? Well, for those aged under 14, the country's youth squad is the team to beat. Winning this year's Rivelino Cup in Japan, the 16-member junior soccer team travelled to Korea before returning home.

Playing outside their hometown of Dili is still something very new for these boys from East Timor. But despite the unfamiliar surroundings, the 16-member team has managed to win every single game in their first outing on the international stage at this year's Rivelino Cup held in Hiroshima, Japan.

Behind their remarkable success is 47-year-old Korean Kim Shin-hwan. When Kim first met these boys, they were playing with ruptured soccer balls barefoot in their neighbourhood but the potential was there. That potential is resulting in win after win and this match against a skilled Korean elementary school team was no exception.

100 children in Alas do not attend school

The Sub-District Administrator of Alas,District of Manufahe, Longuinhos Tilman, said that 100 children in the Sub-District of Alas, District of Manufahe, from Auberliko, Tua-Laran, Nabularan and Wekakaku-Oan, in the Sub-District of Alas cannot attend school because they live too far away. He said that education is important for the future, and a meeting is being scheduled with the population in the area to find a quick solution for their children to be able to attend school.

567 habitants in Ladiki have access to clean water

The Head of the Clean Water Project in the Sub-District of Same, District of Manufahe, Martinho da Silva, said that 567 members of the population from the village in Ladiki have access to clean water now. He said the project was funded by the World Bank through the Community Empowerment Project (CEP). He said the financial support with an amount of USD$6, 279 allowed the villagers to build four water tanks and laid 1,800 meters of pipe under ground.

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