Maucale School, Baucau District

Maucale School, Baucau District

Completed 2011 – US$35,000 3 Classroom and Teachers’ Room Semi-Permanent School Building and Toilets

Maucale is a small village 3 1/2 hours from Dili. The schools’ 258 students were crammed into 2 buildings: a 3 classroom building which was unusable in the wet season and a risk of collapse and another building with 3 tiny classrooms.  Many children couldn’t be taught at all during the wet season.  

In 2011 Spend it Well, in partnership with the Office of Kirsty Sword Gusmão, built a new 3 classroom and teachers’ room semi permanent school building in Maucale.  The bulk of the funds for this project came from 2 intrepid explorers, Julian and Vivien who drove from France to Mongolia in a tiny car as part of the Mongol Rally. They travelled 10,000 miles, crossed 3 deserts, 5 mountain ranges and innumerable borders to raise the money to help Maucale’s children.


The old school building
An old classroom
Stephen, speaking to the school principal


Stephen in the new building
One of Maucale's children
Kirsty Sword Gusmão opening the school