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BETTER (Building East Timor Through Education/Resources) charity works to empower Australia's closest neighbor, East Timor and is a pioneering leader in charitable education. The aim is working with communities to give a 'hand-up' rather than a 'hand out.'

We are a small organisation with a big vision looking to take BETTER to the next level and fully live out our mission. We are looking to strengthen our team with compassionate, talented individual/s who have a wealth of experience and passion.

Responsibilities include but not limited to;

  • You tell me! If you see a gap in what BETTER are doing and could be doing let me know and let's make a role by you, for you!

The role would require a time commitment of approx. 2+ hours per week.

Please submit your CV and we will be in touch, [email protected].

Our story

At the age of 14, Ornella Byak (founder and director) visited her closest neighbor, East Timor. That trip changed her life forever. At the conclusion of this first visit, one of her Timorese peers approached her and said, "Don't forget about us." That day Ornella made a promise and commitment to the Timorese community – to never forget about them and do everything she could to create the same education opportunities she had growing up in Australia.

Six years on, with the generous support of Australian donors, she has assisted transformation of education systems in the community of Letefoho with threefold yearly growth and immense student success. In continuing this mission, Ornella founded the charity BETTER which is an ACNC registered tax-deductible, DGR status organisation.

Currently, BETTER is focusing their works in Cailaco, Maliana, as the children are over five years behind curriculum. Each year BETTER will build three classrooms and facilities to welcome a new year group and an additional 75 students. This will start with Kindergarten and grow to year 12.

Together, with the community BETTER are so excited to bring the opportunity of free, high-quality education as we empower BETTER futures through education. BETTER are incredibly excited to change thousands of lives and futures.

This is just the start…