When the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) assumed their mission in Liberia, the Bishop specifically asked our confreres to be involved in the educational field. Our confrere Fr. Joseph Addai, bringing in his long experience in education, was assigned to oversee the Education and School Apostolate in this new mission.
By: UCAN Thomas Ora, Dili – Timor (SSpS sisters)
The National Commission of HIV/ AIDS, in Timor-Leste began to emerge even before independence, starting with only a few cases. The number, however, has increased every year. As the commission reported last year, in the past 13 years more than 600 cases were discovered, of which 29% were young people aged 15-24, 59% were people aged 25-44 and 9 % were people aged 45 years and older. The remaining percentages are children aged 14 years and younger. However, these numbers are limited to data from hospitals and clinics. The HIV in Timor-Leste is like the tip of an iceberg, which will be a huge problem later if it’s not handled properly.