Vision & Mission

The Sumba Hospitality Foundation (SHF) believes that all young people should be given a chance to develop and create a better future for themselves. For this, we believe that education is the key ingredient.

By providing vocational hospitality training, we can give young people on Sumba the skills they need and create sustainable employment opportunities on the island.

Our aim is to:

  1. Provide much-needed vocational training for underprivileged students to give them the opportunity of a new career
  2. Build a model for responsible tourism, while respecting the cultural history of the Sumbanese people, through our training hotel Maringi Sumba and training restaurant Makan Dulu
  3. Spread sustainable initiatives and techniques, such as the principles of permaculture, on Sumba and to create environmental awareness


Maringi Sumba is located in the heart of the Hospitality School’s campus in an idyllic setting. Student engagement and interaction help to create a unique experience for all guests who visit us.

By investing in the youth now, SHF believes we can have a positive impact on future generations to come.

“We hope that Sumba can grow as an example of responsible tourism development, involving the local people, protecting the environment, the sea and the natural beauty of the island.”


Why Sumba?

Sumba Hospitality Foundation believes that education is the best prevention against child labour, prostitution and human trafficking on the island of Sumba.

We want to give equal access to education and do not discriminate based on religious beliefs or tribal associations. We hope to develop our students’ ability to communicate in English, to solve problems and apply critical thinking methods in the process, while also teaching them a wide range of technical skills needed in their chosen specialisation.

Why does Sumba need help?

  • One of the poorest regions in Indonesia
  • Malnutrition and lack of food
  • Less than 50% of young people finish primary school
  • Regular cases of child labor & child trafficking
  • High foreign investment & signs of new economic development

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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December was both a nourishing and celebratory month for everyone at The Sumba Hospitality Foundation; it presented us with an abundance of treats! We kicked off the month with Christmas songs echoing throughout the campus; we all worked together to transform our school into a festive wonderland for our annual Christmas party.