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Vodafone to support Youth Centre in Timor

Lisbon, 22 January 2002 – Vodafone and the Vodafone Telecel Foundation have signed an agreement with the 12th November Association to provide support for Internet access at the Fr. António Vieira Youth Centre in Dili, the capital of East Timor.

The Fr. António Vieira Youth Centre is a joint project between the 12th November Association, the Company of Jesus and Movijovem which provides personal and occupational support and training to Timorese young people with a view to assisting in their personal development and helping them to play a part in the reconstruction of their country.

The Centre is open to the whole community, in particular to young Timorese. It provides study facilities and organises occupational training courses. The Centre employs information technology to support its activities, and it possesses a range of audio-visual and computer equipment and high-speed Internet access.

This co-operation reflects the principles and values of Vodafone’s community programmes and has a high chance of success, given that the company has the necessary experience in the introduction and development of information technologies, especially Internet.

The agreement was signed on 11 January 2002 by the chairmen of Vodafone Telecel, António Carrapatoso, of the Vodafone Telecel Foundation, João Borges de Assunção, and of the 12th November Association, Rui Marques. At the ceremony, António Carrapatoso also handed over a donation of 25,000 Euros to the Fr. António Vieira Youth Centre.