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■Our Perfect Victory at the Friendship Exchange Games! (2008/02/22)

Hello, everyone. I am Kumiko Katayama. I just started working in East Timor at the end of January. We are having rainy season here in East Timor, and it rains fiercely every evening. This rain cools down the heat that increases during the day, making the climate bearable for us. In such conditions, we participated in a friendship exchange sport festival with the members of other youth centers. This was the first time participating in the festival for the members of the Comoro Youth Center. Our opponent was the Nazarene Youth Center, another youth center located in the city of Dili. Children participated in three sports: volleyball for boys and girls; basketball for girls; and soccer for boys. We, Comoro Youth Center, won in all sports. Everyone of the center was excited with joy to see this wonderful result of their constant practice.

In the city of Dili are several youth centers. I am hoping that the circle of friendship among the youth living in Dili will continue to expand through these friendship exchange sport festivals and other exchange events with these youth centers. Our sport coach, Rocky, agreed to continue to have such festivals as these are great opportunities to unite children who usually engage in separate activities in each center.

Dili is a city of migrants who come to find jobs from different local communities and so there is no strong bond of solidarity among the groups. Because of this social background, very few community events take place in the city. Having a friendship exchange game for youths is therefore a significant advance, and for me it is a sign that the people of East Timor have started to be aware of the importance of community mutual cooperation, understanding, and harmony.

I am going to do my best to expand the circles of friendship and community and spread awareness for cooperation through exchanging events with other youth centers here in East Timor.

Kumiko Katayama, Project Coordinator
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