AQUILA Foundation Empowers Dili Youth with launch of Weekly Community Service Initiative

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Community Service initiative in Dili

Dili, Timor-Leste – February 17, 2024 –   AQUILA Foundation, a not-for profit organisation committed to helping individuals to discover ‘Who I Am!’, proudly launched its Community Service initiative in Dili in partnership with Pelican Grammar School.This exciting program, which commenced on February 16th will culminate in a Music Festival on July 27th. The objective of this project is to foster essential skills development, community spirit, and empowerment among the youth of Dili.

The initiative commenced with a vibrant opening ceremony at the MJFFD Community Manleauna Lidun on Friday, February 16th. Over 100 enthusiastic children and adults from the Manleauna community graced the event, engaging wholeheartedly in the program’s offerings. The event featured exciting previews of upcoming activities, captivating cultural performances, and an interactive opportunity for attendees to register for forthcoming events.Notably, in attendance were esteemed guests including  Mr Jakob Tilman Soares , Chief Soco of Suco Manleuana  ,Mr Antonio de Jesus , Chief Aldeia Lidun  and Sister Fransisca da Costa, from the Community of MJFFD Manleuana., who added to the event’s significance with their presence and support. 

The AQUILA Foundation Community Service programme offers a schedule of weekly community service activities designed to engage young people and equip them with valuable skills. These programs will be expertly led by a team of experienced teachers from Pelican Grammar School, who will guide participants through engaging weekly activities. Among these enriching experiences are Music & Dance sessions, Art & Drawing workshops, and Cooking Skills classes.

More than just acquiring skills, the program emphasises community service, encouraging participants to give back to their local neighbourhoods through various projects. This fosters a sense of responsibility, compassion, and active citizenship among the youth.

Dr. Gerard Kho, Founder & CEO of AQUILA Foundation, shares his vision for the initiative: “We believe that investing in the youth of Dili is investing in the future of Timor-Leste. This program provides a platform for them to explore their talents, learn valuable skills, and contribute positively to their communities. We aim to leave a lasting impact on these young individuals to discover ‘Who I Am!’  and nurture them to become leaders and changemakers.”

AQUILA Foundation invites the Dili community, especially young people to join this enriching initiative. 

About Aquila Education

AQUILA Foundation is a Singapore based not-for-profit entity dedicated to democratising world-class education, challenging the status quo and transforming education in South East Asia with a unique learning experience that prepares today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges. AQUILA Foundation empowers students to explore, experiment and express themselves on their journey to self-discovery and affirmation and discover ‘Who I Am!’. We help students to connect, collaborate and create to find their purpose and realise their potential in a fast-evolving world. For more information, visit

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