But first: Happy New Year!
Before the story of the puppies, we have to celebrate New Year! January marks a time of reflection and celebration for all of the staff and students at The Sumba Hospitality Foundation. We are now facing the third semester and our final four months together as a team; we can’t quite believe how the time has flown, but we have come back from our Christmas holidays with more energy and enthusiasm than ever.
To top it off, we were welcomed back to our campus with an explosion of musical creativity; Inge, our School Founder, organized a special surprise for us by inviting a group of musicians, who are situated in Ubud, Bali, to our school for a unique performance. The band was called Rizal & the Rasendriya and was made up of four extremely talented musicians. Not only was their sound truly powerful and enchanting, but Rizal (the frontman of the band) created all of their instruments from bamboo. We all gathered in the Multi-Function classroom and danced the night away, the energy was electric and there couldn’t have been a better way to start 2018!
Puppies rescued by our students
January was a month that just kept on giving. One evening some of our students heard the faint sounds of crying coming from a drain outside their boarding house. Instinctively, they followed the sound and were shocked to uncover a group of puppies nestled deep within the drain. As we are currently in the wet season, the rain is frequent and we were scared they would drown if left alone…cue our very own superheroes! A group of our students worked together using nothing more than a long piece of bamboo and some encouraging words (in puppy language) and were successful in retrieving, not one, not two, but SEVEN beautiful puppies!
We are delighted to announce, that 3 weeks on, they are happier and healthier than ever.
UPDATE: One of the puppies attends English Lesson!
The puppies are growing so fast. One of our rescued puppies, King Louie, decided to join the English lesson. He’s such a studious boy.