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.


V-DAY at our Campus

The 14th of February was an extremely important day this year at Sumba Hospitality Foundation, because of V-DAY, the global movement for stopping violence against women and girls. During V-DAY, 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…

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Independence Day and Cleanup Day

  Stealing the show on Independence Day   August 17th marks a significant day for Indonesia, it is known as Hari Kemerdekaan, which translates in English as Independence Day. This year, Sumba Hospitality Foundation joined the local celebrations; the streets were festooned with elaborate parades, including marching bands and cheerleading performed by local school children.…

July 29, 2016: The Grand Opening

  The Sumba Hospitality Foundation is thankful for everyone who participated in our very successful Grand Opening.  During The Grand Opening, we were very lucky to host the Bupati of Sumba Barat Daya together with many international guests. The students had the chance to perform some traditional dances and their original songs in front of…

Introduction to Sumba

With its unspoiled natural landscape, world-renowned Ikat textiles, and one of the last remaining authentic animist cultures in the world, Sumba has much to offer to tourists. The local culture and traditions of the Sumbanese are still very much alive while they also have an innate friendliness towards foreigners. However, Sumba has a dark side…

The Sumba House

Below is a link to a fantastic article about the Sumba House at Bambu Indah, an extraordinary eco-hotel in Bali founded by John and Cynthia Hardy. They have created a guest house using the unique design of a traditional Sumbanese home. We are very excited that Ibuku, founded by John’s daughter, Elora, has designed our…

Inspiration: Yogya’s Waste Bank

Desa Sukunan is a quiet village in Yogyakarta, Central Java. Pak Iswanto, a local waste management expert introduced the concept of waste banking there. At this ‘waste bank’ or ‘bank sampah’, the waste created by the household is divided into 2 categories; organic and non-organic. Organic waste is turned into compost and used to fertilize…



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