The Ai Kameli Trust was established in 2000 to focus the efforts of UK supporters of East Timor on practical ways to help rebuild a country nearly destroyed in its struggle for independence.

Since higher education in the country remains of poor quality, the Trust set out to establish scholarships at UK universities so talented students from East Timor could study the subjects most needed to rebuild their nation’s capacity.

Typically 2 or 3 students are in the UK at any one time, studying for undergraduate degrees in subjects like biotechnology, business law, international relations and tourism. Half a dozen students have now returned to East Timor where they are working on practical projects, for example, surveying disease prevalence and developing sustainable tourism policies.

Who we are

We are a small organisation led by professional policy makers, journalists and educators who have come to know and love East Timor through our work.

We have relied heavily on the support of people who have been touched by East Timor’s story, ranging from Catholic congregations and student groups to police officers and servicemen who have served as peacekeepers and instructors in Timor. But as East Timor is rarely in the news now, we are struggling to reach out to new donors who can help us.

We are committed to working in partnership with the East Timorese themselves and with universities, colleges and NGOs in the UK to establish the educational opportunities East Timor most needs.

Registered Charity No 1082737