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MONACO BOYS CHOIR INAUGURATES YOUTH CENTER IN TIMOR- LESTE

Dili, Timor- Leste – July 18, 2011 – As part of their 2011 Concert Tour, the Monaco Boys Choir spent a productive three days in Dili, Timor- Leste from July 9- 12. In their short time spent in Timor- Leste, the choir was kept busy with sightseeing and cultural experiences in Dili, as well as three performances in three days. These concerts took place at the Palacio de Governo, hosted by H.E. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, in Maubara; hosted by the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport and Mos Bele (a local NGO); and at the President’s official residence in Lahane, hosted by H.E. President Jose Ramos-Horta in a performance to open the Timor- Leste Development Partners Meeting. The highlight of their time in Timor- Leste was a trip to the district of Maubara, where the choir was able to see the results of their efforts from last year’s concert tour: the creation of a youth center. The Monaco Boys Choir, following in the footsteps of their Philanthropic Prince Albert II, perform concerts to raise necessary awareness about important humanitarian needs. During the summer of 2010, the Monaco Boys Choir

travelled from New York City to Miami performing concerts, a selection of which raised funds to benefit the creation of a youth center in Maubara. During the selected concerts, it was the honor of FPCD’s Executive Director to present a slide show about the special youth center project the Monaco Boys Choir helped achieve. The concerts were meant to educate the public about Timor-Leste, further strengthen the relationship between Monaco and Timor- Leste, and to bridge cultural divides through a new movement, that of youth helping youth. Thanks to Timor- Leste’s Secretary of State, Mr. Agio Periera, the community of Maubara was identified and the Monaco Boys Choir wrote a letter expressing their intentions to raise funds to help the youth in the community. On 29 August 2010, Mr. Pierre Debat, in company of H.E. Parliament President Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo and H.E. Secretary of State Periera, visited Maubara to meet with the community to familiarize them with the Monaco Boys Choir and to interact with the youth regarding the future Maubara Youth Center. Also in August 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Monaco Boys Choir, the FPCD, and the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports. The Maubara Youth Center has been made possible under the auspices of the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, Mos Bele, a local NGO, and the Portuguese Cooperation. The combined efforts of the FPCD, the Monaco Boys Choir, and the Government of Timor- Leste came to fruition during the choir’s visit to Timor- Leste, when they were able to meet first hand the children that their singing has helped. The choir attended the official inauguration of the youth center itself, and interacted with the youth of Maubara. The community welcomed the choir by performing traditional Timorese dance and singing TimorLeste’s national anthem. Food and drinks were provided and the youth were able to socialize, sing, and laugh together. Later, the choir performed a concert for the community of Maubara. The choir’s visit to Maubara marks the continued presence and development cooperation that is a common feature of the special relationship between the Government of Monaco, the Government of Timor- Leste, and the Foundation for Post Conflict Development. The Foundation for Post Conflict Development (FPCD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information dedicated to assisting post conflict countries with projects essential to their reconstruction, including projects concerning the environment, maternal health issues, youth, war veteran issues, and the creation of meaningful employment and cultural preservation. Through direct education, action and development (or the promotion of global partnership for such efforts), the FPCD’s mission is to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the UN. The FPCD’s landmark project is the Prince Rainier III Maternity Clinic, the first of its kind in Timor-Leste.

### CONTACT INFORMATION: Faith Bogue, Assistant to the Executive Director 245 Park Avenue, 24th Floor NYC, 10167 USA Tel.: (212) 643 - 5467 E-Mail: fbogue@postconflictdev.org Website: www.postconflictdev.org

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