We provide high-quality vocational hospitality education to Sumbanese youth.

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We empower local youth through education

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We are an international best practice in responsible tourism

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We create environmental awareness

How we help the people of Sumba

Sumba is one of the poorest regions in Indonesia. While tourism is gradually developing, we believe responsible tourism is the only way to protect this fragile island in a way local communities can benefit. To end the circle of poverty, we encourage young adults to dream big and empower them by education, training, and work experience. Last but not least, we aim to raise environmental awareness with students, tourists, and local communities.

What can you do for Sumba?

Sumba needs you. We kindly invite you to get involved by offering many volunteering possibilities or ways to donate. However, most of all, we encourage you to visit Sumba and enjoy the beauty of this Island and its people in a responsible way.

Sponsor a student

Change a life by sponsoring a student’s education and internship or help out on a smaller scale. Your donations make a difference.

Visit Sumba

Visit Sumba and enjoy the beauty of this Island and its people in a responsible way. Book a room at Maringi, our small resort with a big heart.

Volunteer

Over the years, volunteers have been a cornerstone for Sumba Hospitality Foundation. Volunteering on Sumba or remote, it’s all possible.

“We want to end the circle of poverty by giving hope and opportunities to the youth of Sumba.”

— INGE DE LATHAUWER, FOUNDER

Greetings from SHF

Enjoy inspiring stories of beautiful Sumba, our activities, and our charming students as our blog takes you behind the scenes of Sumba, the foundation, and our social projects Maringi and Makan Dulu.

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A growing impact on Sumba

With our projects, we aim to touch all corners of the island to create impact from within the most distant villages. These are the areas that have been positively impacted already.

Our activities in Beautiful Sumba

Hover you mouse over the map of Sumba to find out more about Sumba Hospitality Foundations work with the people of Sumba.

We are involved in Sumbanese Society at all levels, from collaboration with local government to working directly with the communities of Sumba.

Our activities in Beautiful Sumba
Sumba Barat Daya Sumba Barat Sumba Tengah Sumba Timur

Sumba Barat Daya

Ratenggaro village in Sumba

Southwest Sumba is the most populous region of Sumba. In its capital Tambolaka, you’ll find Sumba Hospitality Foundation’s offices, as well as our social enterprises: Makan Dulu (restaurant) and Maringi (resort).

Sumba Barat

South Sumba has always been a hidden gem for surfers. The endless stretches of beach are stunning. Here you can find Nihi, a unique 5-star resort, and an important partner of Sumba Hospitality Foundation since day one.

Sumba Tengah

Central Sumba has a lot to offer: the most amazing waterfalls are hidden all over this central part of Sumba. Although not densely populated, students from several villages in this region have found their way to our school.

Sumba Timur

East Sumba is the largest, and probably the most traditional region of the Island. It hosts Sumba’s biggest city, Waingapu, as well as countless traditional villages, and the enchanting landscapes of Bukit Wairinding.

  • Sumba Hospitality Foundation
  • Maringi Eco-Hotel
  • Makan Dulu Restaurant

Proud Partners of SHF

Proud Partners of SHF

We empower local youth through education

Young people are the future of Sumba. Only they can end the circle of poverty. That is why we not only encourage young adults to dream big, we also empower them by education, training, and work experience. We run a hotel school and educational training restaurant for the underprivileged youth of Sumba.

Next to general and vocational education, our students enjoy on-the-job training at our social projects: Maringi, a small training resort with 5-star service, and Makan Dulu, a one-of-a-kind training restaurant specializing in Indonesian food with a Sumbanese flair.

Every year, our graduates start their new lives either with a 6-month internship in renowned hotels or restaurants or immediately finding employment in well-established businesses. Whichever path they take, one thing is for certain, their lives will never be the same.

We are an international best practise example for responsible tourism

Tourism on Sumba is developing gradually and steadily. If left unchecked, it could easily threaten the pristine landscapes and ancient culture that Sumba possesses. But tourism can also be an incredible opportunity. We believe that responsible tourism is the only way to protect the island in a way that benefits local communities. Sumba has everything it takes to become a world leader in the development of responsible tourism.

We train young people with the necessary skills in the hospitality industry and work with communities and investors on environmental conservation and long-term planning. We lead by example with our social projects, Maringi Sumba and Makan Dulu.

We create long-term partnerships to strengthen our positive social and environmental impact

Our aim is to raise environmental awareness among students, tourists and the local community. Our buildings are all constructed from bamboo, a fast-growing and local material. 288 solar panels provide us with renewable energy to power the campus and hotel.

In line with permaculture principles, we only use natural fertiliser made from our food waste. 90% of our wastewater is reused to irrigate our 3-hectare farm. Students are involved in the process and learn about organic farming methods with a focus on long-term sustainability.