2013 Impact Report

Field Statistics to June 2013

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 May 2013 we have achieved the following results:

Water Projects

  •  Drilled or hand dug 60 wells.
  •  25 generators & submersible pumps are in daily use distributing water to water stations at villages.
  •  240 water stations constructed.
  •  42 hand pumps in place at smaller wells. 161 water tanks with a daily storage capacity of 570,000 liters of water.
  •  75 kilometers of water pipe in the ground.
  • More than 19,165 people living in 192 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 Sumba Foundation wells.


Clinic Projects

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


Malaria Project

  • The Sumba Foundation's 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 suffering 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.



  • 758 severely malnourished children have been through our malnutrition program. Many would have died without intervention.
  • 80% of those children have achieved and maintained their WHO recommended weight after leaving the program.
  • We are working in 50 villages within 7 districts of West Sumba
  • 12,870 boxes of milk have been distributed to children
  • 82,680 eggs have been distributed
  • 28 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 receive 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 receiving 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.
  • The Sumba Foundation has 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.

Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, all this and much more can be achieved to help the people of Sumba.