Our Newest Board Member, Redempta (Dempta) TeteBato

Dempta, was born and raised in Sumba baratdaya. She has been working with NGOs for over 20 years in a wide range of fields. She has experience with child protection policy and education monitoring services to measure the impact of training and logical framework analysis. Because she values the importance of education, Dempta went back […]

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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 […]

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Great Men at Work!

There are currently 40 Balinese bamboo workers building our school on Sumba. Although it is tough being posted away from home and living in tents, they continue working diligently on the project, and the fruits of their labor are displayed in this album. In order to recreate some of the comforts of home, they have […]

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Bamboo is the future!

Watch this incredible TED Talk from Elora Hardy, sustainable designer and founder of Ibuku. The school, restaurant and hotel of the Sumba Hospitality Foundation are built by Elora and her wonderful team. We decided to work together with Ibuku because bamboo is a natural sustainable material that grows very fast and is plenty in Indonesia. Though […]

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Partnership with Glion Institute of Higher Education

We are very excited to announce a partnership between the Sumba Hospitality Foundation and Glion Institute of Higher Education. After 50 years of excellence, Glion is ranked among the top three hospitality schools for preparing students for an international career in hospitality management. 11,000 alumni all over the world who have forged its reputation for excellence […]

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The Ceremony of Laying the First Stone

Together with many friends of the foundation we travelled to Sumba to attend the ceremony of laying the first stone of the school. The Merapi priest read the ceremonial sacrifices and told us that the spirits are in support of the new owner and the construction of the school. The local community gathered on the […]

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Building the Wall

Sumbanese workers are building a wall around the school property. They are really doing a fantastic job using local stones and without any cement. The wall is very strong and fits perfectly within the Sumbanese environment, the result will be amazing without a doubt!

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