Empowering communities through basic humanitarian aid.

The Sumba Foundation is deeply committed to lessening the consequences of poverty on the island of Sumba. Our aim is to provide humanitarian aid by fostering village-based projects that impact health (including access and malaria control), education, water and income-generation, while preserving and respecting the fragile culture and traditions of the Sumbanese people.

The Sumba Foundation was established by Claude Graves and Sean Downs in 2001. Since it’s inception, water, health, education and economic projects have grown to now cover a 164 square kilometer(101 miles) area in West Sumba. Some key highlights of our work to date include:

  • Five health clinics built and staffed by the Foundation
  • Malaria infection rates reduced by 85%
  • More than 60 water wells and 240 water stations developed
  • 16 primary schools supplied with water, toilets, tables, chairs, library books and supplies
  • Sumba Foundation Clinics provide reliable healthcare to over 20,000 people

There is still much to be done, but the solutions to the needs of the people of Sumba are not complicated. Empowering communities is the cornerstone for the success of our projects. In doing so, we are confident that we are building the foundation for a safer and healthier way of life, while carefully preserving the traditions and unspoiled essence that makes Sumba so remarkable.


Latest Projects

More than 90% of all donations go directly to benefit the impoverished people of Sumba. In 2012- 2013, our major project initiatives continue to be water, health, and education

But we need your help to continue our work. By contributing towards a specific project or category you will know exactly where your donation is going and who your donation will help.

Please do not hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions about the projects or how to donate.

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The 3rd Annual NY Fundraiser is coming up! Join us October 19th, 2013. Check the Event Site and buy your ticket


Recent News

Sumba Foundation Update Video

For those who came to last years fundraiser in New York City, check out this great video of how Riske was able to receive surgery from The Sumba Foundation and is now living a safe and full life with his family.

Second New York Fundraiser Event Raises more than $200,000 for Sumba Foundation Projects

A sold-out gathering of 150 passionate supporters came together in the historic West Village on Saturday, September 29th at the beautiful Stephan Weiss Studio for the second annual New York Fundraiser. Over the last 11 years, the Sumba Foundation has raised more than $4.9 million dollars for health services, malaria eradication and training, clean water projects, child malnourishment, education and income generation programs for the people of Sumba, Indonesia.

The Graves Family and The Sumba Foundation

Claude and Petra Graves have been pivotal leaders and characters in the story of The Sumba Foundation and the island itself. This video highlights they journey to where they are today.

Inaugural New York Benefit Raises More Than $145,000 for Sumba Foundation Aid Projects

A sold-out crowd of more than 150 enthusiastic supporters and VIPs gathered together on Saturday, September 24, at the first New York area fundraiser in Sag Harbor, New York (Hampton’s area). Over the past ten years, the Sumba Foundation has raised more than $4 million dollars for medical services, malaria eradication, malaria training, wells for clean water, child malnourishment, education and income generation programs for the impoverished people of Sumba Indonesia. 



Another successful surgical mission

Children from all over Sumba and also from Flores benefitted from a recent visit by a surgical team from Interplast Australia and New Zealand.