#Gerakan2020, Light up Sumba!


After having experienced life on Sumba the Indonesian team launched their crowdfunding campaign #Gerakan2020 on 15 October. The campaign aims to raise up to Rp. 48.000.000 for a solar system for the Prailangina school in East Sumba.

Help the team and the school and donate via www.kitabisa.com/gerakan2020. Every contribution (small or big) is welcome!



Do you want to find out more about the adventures of the team? Read their blogs and be amazed.

Dea Sihotang
Griksa Gunadarma
Saepul Hamdi
Novianus Efrat


Adra is a copywriter. She was chosen as one of the winners to spread the beauty of Indonesia by ACI, Detikcom in 2011. She was sent to explore East Nusa Tenggara for about 1 month. Everyday she and her other 2 friends in her group, had to submit 3 articles and 5 photos. She was also a contributor for Lumix Panasonic website. The photos were taken using Lumix along with her travel stories.

Hermitianta or Mimit is a freelance photographer. For the last 2 years he involved in several movements and environment activists; such as joining The Centre for Orangutan Protection as a volunteer in 2012 and involved as a committee in “Sound for Orangutan” which is a fundraising music concert for orangutan. In 2013 he followed the activities of Earth Hour Yogyakarta and involved in sea turtle conservation with the youth of Pandansimo, Poncosari, Srandakan, Bantul. Since early 2014, he joined Komunitas Tigalimapuluh (Indonesian 350.org movement).

His nick name is Sapto, a journalist in Republika daily newspaper. He is one of the expeditor who’ll go to The Island of Sumba next week. He was the scholar student in Waseda University Disaster Workshop, Tokyo, September 2012. He was listed in the Top 100 Travel Photographer by Kementrian Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif and Burufly, June 2013.

Shally describes herself as a human interaction enthusiast. She likes to observe and analyze different types of people and their way of interacting with one another. This is why for the last five years, she enjoys getting involved in social-related fields despite the fact that she came from an engineering educational back ground. She also loves to meet new people, travel, and then to reflect her journey in her notes.

Our plan



About Sumba

The Indonesian island of Sumba is well on its way of setting an example to the entire world. Sustainable energy sources are increasingly providing the inhabitants of this island with electricity. This offers the people of Sumba plenty of opportunity for development and progress.

In 2010, Hivos set out on a unique and ambitious mission. Our goal is to provide all 650,000 inhabitants of the Indonesian island Sumba with access to 100% sustainable energy within 10 years. Sumba is one of the poorest islands of Indonesia. Its size is 210 km by 40 km; approximately a quarter of the size of the Netherlands. It is east of Java and south of Flores, close to Bali.

Health care, education and hygiene
Access to electricity opens up a wide range of opportunities for the people of Sumba. Thanks to the solar energy panels, the people of Sumba now have light in their homes at night. Health centres are able to keep vaccines refrigerated. Schools can use computers. And clean water is now literally within reach.

100% sustainable energy is an essential engine for development on Sumba. Not just for residential households but also for companies and public facilities.

Imagine a life without electricity. Perhaps you’re thinking: lovely, nice and quiet, no mobile phones, televisions or computers. But it’s hard work. Before you can start cooking, you need to walk for miles to get firewood. And water.

The Indonesian island of Sumba has more than 650,000 inhabitants. It is one of the poorest islands of Indonesia. It is dark in most villages in the evenings and at night. Due to the high transport costs to this remote island, most islanders cannot afford petroleum or diesel to generate electricity.
More facts and figures about the energy situation on Sumba:

What makes Sumba so special? From the villagers to the Indonesian government, everyone is joining in. Sumba receives a great deal of support both in Indonesia and beyond. Hivos has invited every relevant party to come up with ideas. This is how Hivos is actively involving all parties in its plans. And it is successful. Just over two years after the start of this initiative, not just local residents and farmers’ organisations are taking part, but also locally elected leaders, the government’s energy company PLN, the Asia Development Bank and the Indonesian Ministry of Energy.


Norwegians believe in sustainable Sumba
The Norwegian embassy in Jakarta has made € 600,000 available for ‘Sumba Iconic Island’. This is a great boost for the Hivos programme in which local governments, businesses and islanders are working towards 100% sustainable energy on this East-Indonesian island.

Sumba Reporter Update: solar-powered irrigation system
In Lewa, which is located in the centre of Sumba, a solar-powered irrigation system is being built. It is very dry on Sumba for many months of the year. Thanks to the irrigation system, the people of Sumba can grow crops in the dry season as well. Yayasan Sumba Sejahtera, the local farmers organisation, intends to pump the water up in Lewa to irrigate the vegetable gardens.

A brighter future thanks to electricity
The village of Kamangghi on Sumba illustrates what the difference can be between having electricity or not. The villagers built a small hydropower plant with the support of Hivos and its partner organisation IBEKA. Now, for the first time in their lives, they have electricity. Carpenter Darius is able to increase his production thanks to his new sanding machine.

Using pig dung for cooking
Elisabeth Hada Rendi has recently started to cook on pig dung and she thinks this is great progress: ‘There is no more smoke in our home. The smoke was hurting my eyes and giving me asthma. It is also much quicker to cook on gas. And at night we now have light thanks to the biogas lamp.’

Wind energy rather than diesel
Research by Hivos shows that expensive, polluting diesel can be replaced by sustainable energy sources. There is plenty of wind along the coast of Sumba island. Combined with hydropower, wind energy can provide the two electricity networks with plenty of sustainable, locally generated energy. And the electricity is cheaper for the Indonesian government as well.

Energy agreement on Sumba
The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Hivos signed an agreement in Jakarta in February 2013 to achieve 100% sustainable energy for the island of Sumba. By signing the agreement, the Ministry has agreed to take on the responsibility for achieving this target.

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