By Dewindra Widiamurti, IFRC
Ana Bonifacio was 16-years old when she decided to join the Red Cross of Timor-Leste, also know as Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL). “I wanted to be on the frontline, serving my community,” she says. “I saw what my brother was doing as a volunteer and it inspired me.”
Over the past four years, Ana has been supporting various health programmes in the capital city of Dilli, including HIV/AIDS youth-peer education, community first aid and epidemic control. Given the recent dengue outbreak, the work of volunteers such as Ana, is critical.