The Sumba Foundation was founded in 2001 and strives to provide humanitarian aid by fostering village-based projects that impact health (including services and malaria control), education, water, and income-generation, all while preserving and respecting the fragile culture and traditions of the Sumbanese people.
The Sumba Foundation is now helping over 20,000 people in more than 147 villages on Sumba. Over the last ten years they have been providing clean water, building and operating health care clinics, repairing and supplying schools, bringing in doctors and nurses, and helping to eradicate malaria and malnutrition, all while creating better lives and opportunities.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Erasers, Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, and Writing and Coloring Books
Badminton Sets, Ball Inflation Pumps, Soccer Balls, and Volley Balls
Band-Aids, Bandages, Reading Glasses, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
New or Gently Used Baby Clothes (New Born and 0-1 Year), Baby/Swaddle Blankets, New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing (Ages 1-5), New Underwear (Ages 1-5)
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.