Redempta Boto

Biography

Dempta was born and raised in Sumba; she is the Ketua Yayasan of The Sumba Hospitality Foundation and has been working with NGOs for over 20 years in a wide range of fields, focusing on problem areas such as human trafficking, social inclusion for people living with disabilities, sustainable development, women’s rights, and child protection.  She is actively involved in her local community and therefore has developed strong, positive relationships with government officials and has facilitated meetings that have contributed to the success of the foundation.    Additionally, Dempta fosters relationships with everyone she meets; she continually sets up socialisation meetings with local high schools and community leaders in order to promote understanding of the project and to enhance community involvement.

Talk Summary

Educating and Empowering for Sustainable Futures

We believe that sustainable tourism begins and ends with local communities and that tourism development can be a good thing but only if the local people are involved in the process and can benefit from it. By creating a vocational school for underprivileged Sumbanese youth, we are preparing the island to benefit from responsible tourism development. We have united local and foreign stakeholders into an independent coalition to support the local government by providing a sustainable tourism development plan for the whole of Sumba.

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