Ostico School, Baucau District

Ostico School, Baucau District

Completed 2009 – US$80,000 New 2 Classroom Building, Refurbishment of 3 Classroom Building, Insulation and Ventilation of 2 Classroom Building, Renovation of Toilets and Connection of Water Supply

Spend it Well’s first project was in Ostico, a tiny village 3 hours from East Timor’s capital, Dili. The school looked uninhabitable but was used by 350 children every day in two shifts. There was no running water, nor flushable toilets. We worked in partnership with the Office of Kirsty Sword Gusmão to transform the school to the delight of local children and their families.

We rebuilt the main building, built a totally new two classroom building, insulated and ventilated a third building and renovated and supplied water to the toilets. The work was completed in 4 months by a local builder who used local labour and, wherever possible, local materials.



School building before renovation
Uninsulated, unventilated tin shed classroom


New School Building
Opening celebrations
Kris showing the children a photo of her daughters
Kirsty Sword Gusmão opening the school