The Sumba Foundation

logo_sumba_landscape_darkIn 2001, Claude and Petra Graves, owners of the Indonesian surfing paradise resort Nihiwatu, founded the Sumba Foundation with Sean Downs, a successful businessman who stayed at the resort to surf. The foundation is committed to helping “alleviate the burden of poverty” on the people of this extraordinary island of Sumba by improving health and education, creating economic opportunities, fighting malaria, and providing tanks of drinking water throughout the island. As the business became more successful, more money was directed to the Foundation so that, to date, 15 primary schools and 48 water wells have been built, five clinics opened and 172 villages are supplied with clean water. All this has resulted in reducing malaria in neighboring villages by 85%.