During the devastating earthquake that occurred in Haiti in 2010, which took the lives of some hundred thousand people, Swedish Journalist Ebba Lövenskiold was vacationing on the other side of the Island, only hours away, in the Dominican Republic. Being so close to such a large humanitarian disaster affected Ebba deeply, and in the years that followed she returned several times to the island. She visited many schools with overcrowded classrooms and dilapidated facilities with no electricity. It became clear to her that education was not a priority in the country. The school system in the Dominican Republic produces the lowest educational results in Latin America. More than one third of the families live on less than 5 USD per person a day. Furthermore, post earthquake, many families left Haiti in search of a better life in the Dominican Republic. Ebba decided to make a one time fundraiser for education among her friends. With the donations received, she began installing electricity and running water at one school. Later, other donors came onboard and began the funding of the construction of classrooms and sanitary facilities at other schools. Realizing that a lot more could be done with a registered non-profit, Together for Better was formally established in 2013 in her home country, Sweden.
Since then, Together for Better has helped hundreds of children to access education and play through, for example, constructions of three school buildings, two playgrounds and yearly donations towards school supplies for 300-400 students annually. Together for Better focuses on supporting early childhood education and quality primary education.