Sumba Foundation Impact Report 2011- 2012


To August 2012

The Sumba Foundation water, health, education and economic projects are spread throughout a 164 square kilomiter (101 square miles) area surrounding Nihiwatu resort. As of the end of August 2012 we have achieved the following results:


  • We have drilled or hand dug 58 wells.
  • Our 25 generators & submersible pumps are in daily use distributing water to water stations at villages.
  • We have 233 water stations constructed.
  • We have 42 hand pumps in place at smaller wells.
  • We have 153 water tanks with a daily storage capacity of 550,000 liters of water.
  • We have 63 kilometers of water pipe in the ground. 
  • More than 18,230 people living in 185 villages are receiving clean water from our projects.
  • 16 schools are also supplied with clean water.
  • There are also 5 Sumba Foundation & 9 Government clinics supplied with clean water from our wells.


  • 5 clinics have been built and are staffed by the Foundation.
  • We employ 13 nurses at our clinics.
  • The clinics provide reliable healthcare to over 20,000 people. 
  • The Foundation supports 16 government midwife clinics with equipment, medicine and training by volunteer medical professionals. 
  • Volunteers and Optomologist have distributed more than 5,488 pairs of prescription eye-glasses.
  • Volunteer Dentist have treated hundreds of patients at our Foundation Dental Facility.
  • 4 containers of medicne, medical supplies and medical equipment have been distributed to Sumba hospitals and clinics.


  • Our Malaria Prevention Project has reduced infection rates by 85%. 
  • More than 22,000 people living in 400 villages are benefiting from the program.
  • 9,000 repellant treated mosquito nets have been distributed in villages free of charge.
  • 17,000 people are sleeping under the latest generation of treated mosquito nets.
  • 286 infants and young children suffereing from acute critical cerebral malaria have been directly saved from death in the Foundation clinics.
  • Hundreds of deaths have been prevented due to our malaria program 
  • The Foundation has trained 300 government nurses and doctors to properly diagnose malaria at our Malaria Microscopy Training Center, the first ever private training center of its kind. They have passed the very strictly controlled tests and are now WHO Certified Expert Microcopists. This has dramatically improved malaria diagnosis across all of Sumba.
  • We employ Dr. Claus Bogh, a leading malaria expert, to run our Malaria Projects. 


  1. 693 severely malnourished children have been through our malnutrition program.
  2. 80% of those children have achieved and maintained their WHO recommended weight after leaving the program
  3. We are working in 50 villages within 7 districts of West Sumba
  4. 11,278 boxes of milks have been distributed to children
  5. 78,946 eggs have been distributed
  6. 23 tons of organic beans and vegetables have been distributed


  • 168 Cleft palettes, severe burns and other reconstructive surgeries have been performed in Sumba by an Australian Interplast Surgery team organized by The Sumba Foundation.
  • 3 children were sent to New Zealand for surgery.
  • 6 children have been sent to Bali for surgery.


  • 4,185 people have been screened for eye surgery.
  • 513 eye operations have been performed. 
  • 410 Cataract extractions performed
  • 60 Pterygium Removals performed
  • 2,630 prescription glasses dispensed by visiting optometrists.
  • 2,858 additional prescription glasses dispensed at our clinics. 
  • 186 children have been helped to see.


  • The Foundation supports 16 primary schools with water, toilets, tables and chairs.
  • 4,210 students recieve free school supplies at the start of each school term.
  • At 3 schools we have constructed new classrooms and renovated unsafe existing buildings.
  • 9 school libraries have been built with over 585 books delivered to each school
  • 9 students are recieving scholarships. 
  • We employ 2 teachers who move throughout or school system teaching nutrition, hygiene and English.
  • At 6 schools we have school lunch programs. 
  • 1,300 primary school students receive nutritious lunches three times a week.


  • We constructed a bio-diesel factory in 2007 that produces up to 400 liters (106 gallons) of bio-diesel a day and sells the bio-fuel to Nihiwatu Resort.
  • Each week 4,000 kilograms (4 tons) of copra is purchased at the factory providing 115 families with income. 
  • More than $300,000 of copra has been purchased from local villagers.
  • Each month 3,000 liters (3,171 quarts) of liquid soap is made at the factory from glycerine (a bio-diesel processing by-product) and distributed free to the community to be used at our village water stations.
  • We have developed 12 large organic farming areas using water from our wells. The farmers are taught organic farming methods and sell their produce to Nihiwatu Resort and at local markets. Many of the farmers are now making impressive incomes. 
  • In return for using our water pumps and tractors the farmers donate 10% of their crops to support our school lunch and malnutrition projects nearby the farms. 

The Sumba Foundation was co-founded by the owners of Nihiwatu to improve basic living conditions for the community surrounding Nihiwatu. Since 2001 Nihiwatu and our guests have donated more than US$4,600,000 in support of our many community initiatives.  Without them the achievements listed above would have been possible.

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