Clean Water and Toilets for Sumba
Every July since 2010, a dozen or more French students, organized by their own charity Solidari’Terre, come to Sumba for three weeks to work with YHS. Their main activities are building clean water tanks and sanitary toilets.
Solidari’Terre is a humanitarian association that provides concrete assistance to people in difficulties around the world. This initiative was born in 1993 under the name “Centrale Sup de Co Humanitaire” and changed its name in 2001 to Solidari’Terre.
Every summer,dozens of students from the Emlyon Business School and Ecole Centrale de Lyon travelin teams to 6-8 countries in Asia, America and Africa to do social work.
Solidari’Terre collaborates with one NGO in each country. For Indonesia, that NGO is YHS. The collaboration will continue as long as the students evaluate that it is worthwhile to both themselves and the local people.The students and their families provide their own expenses, and the students raise funds for the projects from individual donations, companies and their own initiatives, for example working in supermarkets and soliciting donations for the project.
History of Cooperation with YHS
In 2006, Ann McCue met a French gentleman who was visiting Sumba. He was interested in YHS activities and visited our projects. The following year he returned with his two university-age children. Caroline, his daughter suggested that YHS compete to enter the Solidari’Terre program. We made a proposal and won, and the first student group came in 2010. The visits continue each year because the students rate their experience in Sumba so highly.
Student Activities / Volunteers in Sumba
In Sumba, sanitation and access to water (especially clean water) is still a serious problem. So the main activity is the construction of water tanks and toilets.
In 2018 the activities were extended to building a classroom designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. The students also helped to plant vegetables, picked coffee and processed it by hand till ready to drink, learned to cook local food and to speak Indonesian, and taught basic English to the children.