Everybody will agree that to boast tourism destination in Sumba is not an easy task, we need to develop the human factor as the most important portion, without which we can not even talk about tourism. Hospitaliity is started with the support of good and friendly men power, then good infrastructure from airports, roads, electricity, water , health and safety.

All of these parts are still minimal. When I met the Bupati Kornelius Kodi Mete and Wakil Bupati Yakob on their contracted office at sapurata, I asked them about what they plan about tourism, they agree with me that the will work hard to support those needed infrastructures. But this comes slowly and slowly especially when in the middle of the journey the top government has to be replaced, everything slowing down.

I bought a 5,8 Ha land in desa Karuni Loura back in 2009, and on that time I already had the thoughts that that peace of land would be great for a school but I dont know what school, just an imagination. In 2012 I brought Inge de Lathauwer to Sumba and I wish she would build a hotel on the beach near Mario Hotel at Pantai Kita Mananga Aba, but fate arranged differently. After visiting Nihiwatu (The best hotel in the World now) and visit many people in Sumba who are very poor but she sees theirĀ  potential.

Inge and family

Inge and family

Her inner good hearts developed into something superb for Sumba, and after getting permission and supports from her husband and 4 great big children, she told me she wants to build a school to help hospitality in Sumba. Until then I did not know exactly what she meant, she is an expert in hospitality and studied in Glion one of the world best hotel school, and I have never studied…..just practise.

After many considerations and meeting many people and government official, she decided and agreed to use the land I bought 2009 and paid for it, she likes the location, near airport Tambolaka, has electricity and deep water well that I have already dug there. (Well, with Rotary International and Rotarians, I have already dug a few deep wells at SD Gokata, SD Bali Loura and SD Mananga Aba, and the locals who have funds already followed me to dig wells, while hundreds of years they have no water but buying from trucks).

The school now so green on this 3 months rainy season

The school now so green on this 3 months rainy season

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Now I am really proud to be part of this happening, and the school can become a world class hotel school, and especially with any of your help we will do better. Now with 12 volunteers and local teachers the school manage to give good hospitality educations and ready to work and productive. The first year 40 students and this year 2017-2018 there will be 48 students, the more ready the more students will be helps. 950 high school graduated students have applyed to be part of the school year.

Great open bamboo class room. An eco classroom

Great open bamboo class room. An eco classroom

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These bamboo was built buy PT Bamboo in Bali who has treated them and can stay for 40 years

These bamboo was built buy PT Bamboo in Bali who has treated them and can stay for 40 years