Save Our Sumba is an independent and small-scale Dutch charity that works exclusively with volunteers. 95% Of the donated money goes directly to the cause. Save Our Sumba supports the people of Sumba in their efforts to create a decent and independent way of life:

"Children helping Children, People helping People, Sumba helping Sumba"

We invest in education, counselling, advice and healthcare. We believe in the following values: cooperation, taking responsibility, coping for yourself and speaking up for yourself. We do not represent any political, religious or economic interests, and we respect the culture, adat (customs) and religion of Sumba.

The support that we offer is always sustainable and delivered from within the community. This is why we place so much value on the collaboration with Yayasan Sosial Donders, a well-organised and transparent Sumbanese welfare organisation. We have common goals and ideals, which we put into practice by working together closely on a number of projects. Yayasan Sosial Donders supports the local population with its expertise and dedication and with respect for, and understanding of, Sumbanese culture. They attend to the execution of the projects and how the money is put to use. They tender a quarterly report to Save Our Sumba with financial statements and and an overview of their activities. There is intensive contact via the Internet, and a member of the Save Our Sumba board pays a working visit twice a year.

The Save Our Sumba board consists of Clara Rullmann (chair), Anton Robers (treasurer), Martijn Näring (website maintenance) and Tineke Rullmann (secretary). The day-to-day leadership of Yayasan Sosial Donders is in the capable hands of Pater Mikhael Keraf and Ibu Sulis Setyowati.


Save Our Sumba contributes to the school fees of about 80 schoolchildren and students. Most of these study on Sumba, although some of them move to Timor, Bali or Java to study. These students are role models to the younger generation of schoolchildren, and return to Sumba after completing their studies.
Yayasan Sosial Donders takes care of the screening of the students and for the payment of the fees to the various schools. The schools are visited and the study results are discussed during the working visits from the Save Our Sumba board.

Human Trafficking is a serious problem for an underprivileged island such as Sumba. Lack of money forces women and girls into working elsewhere. They go to other parts of Indonesia, but also further abroad. This involves considerable risks and is often carried out illegally.
Yayasan Sosial Donders is currently developing a programme to tackle the subject of Human Trafficking that is based on awareness and counselling. In an emergency, victims of not only Human Trafficking but also domestic violence can take refuge in the Save Our Sumba building, and are then given the opportunity of returning to school.

The inhabitants of kampung Gollu Dapi and the surrounding area have worked together to build their own community centre. This "Smart House" had its festive opening in September 2015 and is a project of Save Our Sumba and Yayasan Sosial Donders. The community will be offered various forms of support during the coming years, with a strong focus on cooperation and socialisation. Toddlers will receive schooling, and mothers will be taught how to teach their children themselves. Agricultural projects will be set up as soon as Gollu Dapi can be supplied with water and electricity. Save Our Sumba is working hard to help provide these vital necessities.

Save Our Sumba is a supporter of the Malaria Free Sumba project by Stichting Transfair Indonesia. This support includes a financial contribution as well as offering the use of two office spaces. Malaria Free Sumba is a long-term project that was set up by a medical public health specialist. The project will be implemented during the coming years by a team of Sumbanese people with the backing of both an Indonesian and a Dutch charity. Fieldwork and counselling will be used to try to decrease the instances of illness and death caused by malaria. This involves paying close attention to what the local people have to say in order to give the best advice possible. Teaching materials are being developed for use in primary schools.

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