Subject: Ex E. Timor refugees to receive training

Ex E. Timor refugees to receive training

Jakarta Post

August 01, 2008

KUPANG, East Nusa Tenggara: Thousands of ex-East Timor refugees in Belu regency will receive training in farming and home industry skills, aimed to help them improve their quality of life.

"The government hopes they will later develop their abilities and can meet their daily needs," local Social Affairs Agency head Frans Salim said Thursday, adding that the government had allocated Rp 27 billion (approximately US$3 million) to fund the program.

The government also provides housing for the refugees, and is expecting to finish the construction of 4,500 houses this year.

Since 2006, the government has constructed 12,500 such houses in Kupang, Timor Tengah Selatan, Timor Tengah Utara and Belu in West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara. -- JP

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