To better equip herself to be an agent for the development of her country, Bella continued her education at the University of Hawaii where she continued to forge connections and support her country. On her return to Timor-Leste, Bella became an Advisor to the President and co-founded the Leublora Green School with Iram Saaed. In 2017, Bella resigned from her position with the government and is now dedicating all her time to the Leublora Green Village and to social activism on issues related to equality and human rights. She is a well-known figure across Timor-Leste and the Asia Pacific who has inspired thousands with her life story to also be agents of change in their communities.
In a test of her loyalty, Bella was forced to endure all kinds of sexual and physical assaults, but after three years Indonesian government was convinced of her loyalty and sent her as a pro-Indonesian representative to Canada. Once safely there, she promptly defected and successfully claimed asylum. Twenty-two at the time, Bella spent the next six years raising awareness of the situation in Timor-Leste and supporting the resistance movement from Canada. When Timor-Leste was finally liberated, Bella returned to work for a UN agency to support the huge task of rebuilding her country from scratch. Having been occupied for almost 5 centuries and emerging from decades of conflict, Timor-Leste was in a grave state.