Our communities are spread in almost all of Sumba Barat Daya and a small part in other areas of the island.  Nearly all of our work is assistingsubsistence farming families with low education levels, poor health and still using traditional non-cash economic systems.

 

Initially the program was carried out in scattered and mostly was building facilities such as school buildings, village water tanks, toilets, so that it reached tens of thousands of residents.  Now the government and other parties have become involved in physical development so that YHS shifted its focus to intensive and sustainable assistance to certain communities / villages as models or pilot projects.

 

Reflecting on YHS’s journey, it was realized that development that focuses only on the physical without changing the ways of thinking, attitudes and behavior of citizens is not sustainable. For example, toilets are built, but residents do not maintain them.