Timor-Leste 10 November: Dili

A sweet and enthusiastic welcome

from Dili school children...

We visited 4 schools in Dili today. Like the last two days, these police officers escorted our cars (kindly arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).

Traditional welcome at the first school: Eskola Farol

Principal received the torch to carry it into her school.

Girls in the traditional costume offered each of us a beautiful flower arrangement, as a welcome poem was read out: "The flowers will wither, but the peace you bring will last forever."

Teacher-singer's powerful singing for us...

This was Agraha's first Peace Run school visit!

Toke from Timor Telecom joined us.

Salil's MC was translated into Tetum, their local language.

Presenting the Certificate of Appreciation

Student respresntatives signed their names on the map that had travelled all the way from Russia.

Enthusiastic teachers!

The torch then reached the second school: Eskola SD China.

We were welcomed with a beautiful, fragrant garland.

More Timorese names were added to the world map.

Jose Luis Padua de Oliveira, Director-General of the Secretariat of Youth and Sport, very kindly and enthusiastically played the role of a translator.

Urdhacheta, our photographer, finally had a chance to be in a photo!

This couple Brian and Stephanie Hill generously hosted the 2013 Peace Run team at Manbullo Homestead when in Katherine, NT, Australia.

In the afternoon we arrived at our third school: Colegio Paulo VI.

One representative each from their senior high school (in blue) and junior high school (in green) received the torch at the gate.

We all received a beautiful scarf as we arrived.

Translation was done by one of the teachers into Portuguese.

Two student representatives received the certificate of appreciation signed by all of the Peace Run team.

Principal was very happy to have us.

She sang a beautiful farewell song, saying we are one big family.

Finally we arrived at our last school for the day: Escola Portuguesa Ruy Cinatti.

We received a welcome-scarf from student representatives.

Director joyfully brought the torch into the school.

Student Band performed a couple of songs for us.

Our program was translated into Portuguese.

The teachers ran around the groud as the students excitedly applauded.

We had a very nice tour of this beautiful school afterwards.