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Our Vision
By 2030 children across East Timor will have access to a BETTER education

 50% of the population in East Timor is 19 years and younger. A BETTER education improves children’s future prospects and provides a path out of poverty for themselves, their families and their country at large.

Our Impact
We have a 10 year track record of success educating over 650 students at our first school which in 2020 was ranked fourth in the country.

Our progressively built second school and custom curriculum will be located in the regional community of Same (Sah-may). This new school has the backing of the President of East Timor, Dr. Josè Ramos-Horta and is the first school outside of Timor’s capital, Dili, to teach English – providing an international standard of education to rural children.

This isn’t just another school project… it’s a future and hope for the next generation of people in Timor.

Volunteers working in Australia

Students educated at the first school

Sites gifted for the second school

We believe in a world where everyone has the right to an education.

Transformational change is required in East Timor to restore hope. Education has a direct impact on their country’s economic growth and will provide a pathway out of poverty for their people.

Our Founding patron

President Dr Josè Ramos-Horta

Nobel Laureate (1996), Prime Minister (2006-2007) and President (2007-2012) (re-elected in 2022) of Timor-Leste.

Read a message from our founding patron about how BETTER will reshape the future for the children of Timor Leste.

Our Inspiration

Meet our Founder…

Our inspiration comes from a place that you may not expect. BETTER’s origins are from an innocent and questioning 14-year-old mind. Who, moments after stepping off the plane, plagued her future ‘Timor Dad’ with “too many questions”.

“The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.”

– Herbert Spencer


Contribute to the lives of children in East Timor.


Pledge & Ensure Prosperity & Dignity for East Timor.


Create BETTER Excitement & Fun – FUNdraise!

Keep up to date

Stay updated with news, stories, reports & updates from our team.


Our plan for a second school is underway… check it out!

The new school will provide quality education for a staggering 1,144 children.

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Meet Febrilencia & Michael from BETTER's School

Dear Friend, I wanted to take a moment to bring to your attention a critical issue affecting the education landscape in East Timor, our clos...
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24-year-old Australian makes history

24-year-old Australian makes history as the Youngest Foreigner, Honoured with Medal of the Order of Timor-Leste for a Decade of Service in A...
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Media Update: BETTER Timor Launches Bakhita School of Excellence

BETTER Timor Launches Bakhita School of Excellence on 24th of April 2023 On 24th of April BETTER Timor launched Bakhita School of Excellence...
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The Reality in East Timor

East Timor, now known as Timor Leste*, has the highest rate of poverty in Southeast Asia. More than 40% of the population lives below the po...
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Our East Timor Partner - Eddie De Pina

Eddie De Pina was born in what was then known as East Timor. He fled his homeland with his parents and some of his siblings when Indonesian ...
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Nurturing graduate employability with prosocial engagement

The post was originally posted on the USYD Co-Design Research Group Blog:
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Meet Jeronimo - a Letefoho Alumni

“I feel that something beautiful has been created; many more facilities than before… new experiences from teachers who taught us improving o...
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Dec 19/Jan 20 Trip Report

With a frantic Christmas push to see family and friends before I left and wrapping up work with a Christmas party on that same day I hadn’t ...
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2019 July Trip Report

Hi All, As many of you may know I have been working in Timor for over 6 years in education. Upon returning from my 2018 trip I saw the great...
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Results From Cailaco

I conducted a Stage 2 (Australian year 3 and 4) Mathematics test on student in year 8 aged between 13-17 with an average age of 15. The resu...
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2018 Report – The Beginning of BETTER

Over the past 4 years great improvements have been made to the Letefoho High School following its opening in 2013. With generous support, th...
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We are proud to introduce you to Sandra. An alumni from the first school.

Sandra is fulfilling her dreams. And fulfilling ours too, while helping teach new students to reach for theirs. Truly inspiring!

Our Sponsors & Collaborations

BETTER wishes to acknowledge and credit local Timorese group, Timor Ads, for our Opening Day Videography, Photography and Drone footage

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