Meet Febrilencia & Michael from BETTER’s School

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 close neighbour. In East Timor, more than 70% of Grade One students struggle to meet basic learning outcomes, and an alarming 20% of...
24-year-old Australian makes history

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 Advancing Quality Education On Friday the 19th of May BETTER Timor’s Founder and CEO, Ornella Byak, made history as the...
Dec 22/Jan23 Trip Report

Dec 22/Jan23 Trip Report

It was certainly an eventful trip ranging from an earthquake just before heading home, spending more than 5 hours with the President Dr José Ramos-Horta AC, meetings in the Presidential palace and so much more. This trip was a little different as I had some of the...
The Reality in East Timor

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 poverty line and it ranks 147 out of 187 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index. Located the same distance as Sydney...