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Sumba is one of the few islands in Indonesia where a majority of the population still follow the ways of their ancestors. The social structure of Sumba is organized around the traditional ancestral house and the patrilineal group that claims decent from it.

Ancestral houses are the bridge between the visible and invisible worlds and must be perpetuated over time as ritual centers.

Sumba traditions

Sodan and the villages surrounding it are well over a thousand years old. They are the center of Sumbanese culture and the spiritual home of its Animist religion.

All West Sumba villages claim their origin from this mountain area. It is vitally important to the Sumbanese culture that these villages are able to be rebuilt in the traditional way.

Sodan Village


In the course of two months, the spiritual epicenter of the Lamboya Sumbanese culture has been decimated by two fires that destroyed the villages of Sodan and Ubbumaleha, burning them to the ground.
52 families (comprised of over 310 people) were affected by the tragedy and 48 ancestral homes were lost during the fires.
With no food stock on hand, no opportunity to grow and harvest crops until May 2017, and an impending monsoon season that will cut off access to these villages and the surrounding area, it is truly a dire situation.

Fire in the village

Ubbumaleha Village after fire

Sodan after fire


The Sumba Foundation is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization under the section 501 (c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. 

We are deeply committed to lessening the consequences of poverty for the people of Sumba by providing humanitarian aid through village based projects that impact health, education, and income generation all while preserving and respecting the fragile culture and traditions of the Sumbanese people.


Funds are needed to assist and support the community for the next 9 months until the villagers can get their next rice harvest.

Over the coming months we will need donations for food and water, medicines, mosquito nets, clothing for all ages, school uniforms & school supplies for 142 children, tools, temporary roofing and building materials, cooking implements, tarpaulins.

BASIC AID PACK - the first steps we are taking in assisting one family
  • 1 pack of corrugated roofing tin (50 pcs/pack)
  • 10kg Nails
  • 12x Plates
  • 12x Plastic bowls
  • 12x Spoons
  • 1x Rice cooking pot
  • 1x Thermos
  • 1x Frying pot
  • 12x Drinking glass

$252.00 cost per pack
$13,104.00 cost to help 52 families



Providing clean water is crucial to maintaining the wellbeing of this community.
Some sections of the existing water system, built by the Sumba Foundation in 2008, were damaged in the fires.
To repair it we will need:

  • 1x 2.000 ltr Water Storage Tank
  • 1x 250 meter roll of 1” water pipe
  • Hardware, hose connectors, faucets etc.
$681.00 is needed to repair the water supply and get the water flowing again.

Your gift will directly help the people of Sodan and Ubumaleha
  • $50.00 provides 1 family 1 bag of rice for 1 month
  • $100.00 provides School uniforms for 10 children
  • $250.00 provides 1 pack of tin roofing for 1 family shelter
  • $500.00 buys a 2200ltr water storage tank.
  • $1,000.00 provides cooking utensils, plates and spoons for 15 families.
  • $2,000.00 provides 50kg of Rice per family in each village for a month


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