Impact Report 2011
The Sumba Foundation's water, health, education and economic projects are spread throughout a 164 square kilometer (101 square miles) area surrounding Nihiwatu resort. 
As of the end of August 2011, we have achieved the following results:


  • We have drilled or hand-dug 47 wells.
  • Our 21 generators & submersible pumps are in daily use, distributing water to water stations at villages.
  • We have 191 water stations constructed.
  • We have 39 hand pumps in place at smaller wells.
  • We have 133 water tanks with a daily storage capacity of 450,000 liters of water (175,976 gallons).
  • We have 49 kilometers (24 miles) of water pipe in the ground.
  • More than 15,185 people living in 164 villages are receiving clean water from our projects.
  • 16 schools are also supplied with clean water.
  • There are also 5 Sumba Foundation & 8 Government clinics supplied with clean water from our wells.


  • 5 clinics have been built and are staffed by the Foundation.
  • We employ 13 nurses and one medical doctor at our clinics.
  • The clinics provide reliable healthcare to over 18,000 people.
  • The Foundation supports 16 government midwife clinics with equipment, medicine, and training by volunteer medical professionals.
  • Volunteers and Optometrists have distributed more than 1,635 pairs of prescription eye-glasses.
  • Volunteer Dentists have treated hundreds of patients at the Foundation's Dental Facility.
  • 3 containers of medicine, 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.
  • 8,000 specially-treated mosquito nets have been distributed in villages free of charge.
  • 12,000 people are sleeping under the latest generation of treated mosquito nets.
  • 185 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 the Foundation's malaria program
  • The Foundation has trained 80 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 improve malaria diagnosis across all of Sumba.
  • We employ Dr. Claus Bogh, one of the world's leading malaria experts, to run our Malaria Projects.


  • 391 severely malnourished children have been through our malnutrition program.


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


  • 2,022 people have been screened for eye surgery.
  • 300 people have been referred for eye operations.
  • 281 eye operations have been performed.
  • 1,784 prescription glasses dispensed by visiting optometrists.
  • 1,941 additional prescription glasses dispensed at our clinics.
  • 67 children have been helped to see.


  • The Foundation supports 15 primary schools with water, toilets, tables and chairs.
  • 4,025 students recieve free school supplies at the start of each school term.
  • At 3 schools, we constructed new classrooms and renovated unsafe existing buildings.
  • 9 school libraries have been built and equipped with over 375 books delivered to each school
  • 9 students are receiving scholarships.
  • 13 schools have nutrition and hygiene classes regularly taught by our Foundation staff
  • At 3 schools, we have small school farms at which we are teaching composting and other organic farming methods.
  • At 4 schools, we have school lunch programs.


  • 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.
  • 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 5 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 $3,875,000 in support of our many community-based initiatives.  Without them, few of the achievements listed above would have been possible.


For more details about our projects and vision, please visit our main site,


photos courtesy of samuel coates & nancy opitz simms