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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 enterprises Maringi and Makan Dulu.

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Ratenggaro village in Sumba

Sumba looks beyond Covid-19

It’s been a challenging year for Inge De Lathauwer and the whole team at Sumba Hospitality Foundation. The resort, Maringi Sumba, which provided some income for the school, stalled. Most funds raised went towards Covid-related health issues. Tourism to Sumba has stalled, jobs and income have been lost across the island. But still, the Belgian founder…

students sponsered by WIT

10 students sponsored, thanks to WIT

Ten students, supported by funds raised from the WiT Charity Auction of 2019, finally started their classes in January this year at the Sumba Hospitality School.  After some months of closure, due to Covid, the school reopened on January 15. The 10 students – Tuti, Karel, Listo, Paskal, Vinia, Aris, Libertin, Diana, Satni, and Arden…

Wai Humba Festival

The Wai Humba Festival is an annual, traditional festival of Sumba that aims to protect the environment, especially the water sources of the island. The main basis of the Wai Hulba Festival is a reflection of Hinduism. This festival is not a tourist festival but a space for the consolidation of the culture of the people…

Cross training in Nihi

Cross-training at Nihi Sumba

We are proud to be able to count the best of the best among our preferred partners. Most have welcomed our students for several years in a row and are employing alumni as we speak. A loyal partner from the very start has been Nihi Sumba. They employ our alumni and they have our students…

Sustainability kept by students

Small sustainability projects that matter

  Creating partnerships for sustainability The Sumba Hospitality Foundation is all about sustainability and community service. In that spirit, our students recently joined forces with other groups and businesses near Kawona Beach. SHF students collaborated with Bakti Luhur Vocational School, the Sumba Tour Guide Association, and Sinar Tambolaka Hotel to restore this local attraction to…

horse and man during Pasola

Pasola, a matter of life and death

Staff and students recently had the opportunity to experience the traditional Pasola Festival which is most popular in Southwest and West Sumba Regencies. It was quite an unforgettable cultural experience. A unique traditional festival The Pasola Festival is held annually between the months of February and March and is held in several places in West…

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