Newsletter #16

The 14th February was an extremely important day this year at SHF, not just because of Valentines Day, but also because of V-Day, the global movement for stopping violence against women and girls. We held a workshop for our staff and students in order to raise awareness of violence against women. Throughout the day we were joined by local NGOs working to support women in Sumba; we witnessed testimonies from brave victims of violence who wanted to share their stories in order to educate others and we had an amazing performance by our students from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. It was a highly emotional day, where both the men and the women shared stories and showed support for one another. We watched videos from the amazing One Billion Rising movement, which led to incredible, vulnerable, empowering conversations and caused us to stand up and dance together in support of women and girls all over the world! The workshop was a huge success, and to top it off, V-Day’s official social media page chose our school to represent the movement in Indonesia. Our students were amazed to find this out and it showed them that despite living on an isolated island Indonesia, they made an impact!
This month we welcomed back Rizal and Reza from the band ‘Rizal & the Rasendriya’, who performed for us at the start of January. They came with two others, Anda, who is also a musician alongside Reza as part of the well -known, Indonesian band- Mata Jiwa and their talented videographer, Jodi. Together they proposed a very exciting project; they were impressed by our students when they visited last time and saw the potential for a creative collaboration… they wanted to record an album. Of course, our students (and staff) were astonished by this proposal and instantly threw themselves, whole-heartedly, into the project. It was an incredible few days where our campus transformed into a musical wonderland; it was strange to see all of the professional equipment set up in the classroom and just how quickly our students turned into rock stars. Together, we recorded 6 songs; it was a wonderful opportunity for the students to share the songs that they had written and they even got to collaborate with the professionals on a few tracks. We want to say a big thank you to the team for the energy that they invested in the project; their spirits were infectious, they had a monumental impact on our students and they definitely made plenty of dreams come true. Thanks to Jodi, who documented the entire process, you will be able see the students in action; they were simply amazing!
Throughout the month of February, our campus was overflowing with delicious treats. First, we harvested our first batch of ripe, juicy guavas; Chef Alex and his team of culinary students were quick to start incorporating this new ingredient into their recipes. The staffs’ personal favourite is the guava jam that’s now available on the breakfast table in the mornings, it’s truly mouthwatering! In addition, our campus is overrun by peanut plants; they are everywhere. We love peanuts at The Sumba Hospitality Foundation because they are so versatile and can be added to so many different dishes, sweet and savoury. Furthermore, they can also been referred to as ‘nitrogen fixers’ as they add nitrogen to the soil…so, we have happy, healthy soil and delicious peanut infused treats; you can’t get much better than that!
For all of the animal lovers out there, one of our new puppies, King Louie, is growing up so fast. Here is a shot of him during his recent English lesson, he’s such a studious boy.