FONDATION

TICKET TO THE MOON FOUNDATION

The Lestari Mandorak Foundation, now the Ticket To The Moon foundation, was born after three years of field experience: since 2006, a relief project had been initiated by European and Indonesian travelers in Mandorak County, on the Western part of the remote island of Sumba, in Indonesia. 

With no access to water or electricity, the Kodi tribe from Mandorak is struggling to survive with subsistence agriculture and fishing, its main income relying on a yearly cashew harvest. Sensitive to this endemic situation, Ticket To The Moon has teamed up with local partners to help the Kodi people improve their life conditions, meanwhile preserving their ancestral culture.
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In eight years, many concrete actions have been implemented – new roads were built to facilitate trade and fill in the gap between the Kodis and the rest of Sumba, water well was dug for accessing clean water, a primary school was opened to teach the Indonesian language to the children
 

The Kodi tribe has also been subjected to malaria screenings on a regular basis and they were given mosquito nets to fight the plague. In the meantime, these enhancements have come with education to preserve their culture, along with their original land in West Sumba. The relief teams have provided nets to avoid bomb fishing, responsible for destroying the ocean bottom.

They have built a traditional Kodi house as a Headquarters, giving the youngest workers an occasion to be trained following their ancestral traditions (which are threatened by modernity, like their unique crafts, horses game, etc.); likewise, teaching waste management is a part of ticket to the moon continuous effort to avoid pollution in West Sumba. On the other hand, they have been supporting the existing schools in th Mandorak area.

KODI AND SUMBA CULTURE

According to anthropologists, the Kodi culture is the closest observed living culture to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Burial in megaliths is a practice that has survived to this day in Sumba. The tribe’s techniques to transport and carving stones also goes back to the origins of prehistory.

A living testimony of their ancestral culture, the Kodi traditional houses with alang-alang thatched roof stand proudly in the wild landscape of Mandorak County. From the ceiling to the rooftop - not to mention the pillars - every single wood element in a Kodi house has a spiritual meaning reflecting their original animist beliefs.

The Kodis’ craft and art forms are unique in the world. The Ticket To The Moon Foundation aims at encouraging and promoting them. The weaving of their traditional IKAT, a wide-spread hand-fashioned famous in India and South-East Asia, is much sought after by museums and collectors all over the world.

Likewise, horses are central in the Kodi way of living. Besides being the first transportation mean, horses are key players in the traditional Kodi war games where they challenge each other with spears (the Pasola).
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EDUCATION FOR THE POPULATION

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While the Kodi people speak their own dialect, the future of their children is depends on their chance to communicate in Bahasa Indonesia, spoken by 200 million people in Southern Asia (4th spoken language worldwide). 

The Ticket To The Moon team has been working on two levels; on the one hand, they opened a primary school in 2007 to allow children from the Mandorak County to be taught both in their language and in Bahasa Indonesia. On the other hand, they have been supporting the existing schools in Mandorak area. Indeed, the few schools in West Sumba are poorly staffed and furnished, whereas they represent a unique opportunity for the Kodi children to know a better life than their parents.

A financial and material support is much needed to improve their facilities and provide the pupils with tuition material (pencils, books, sports equipments, etc.).

In 2014 the school burned down in 2015, the support of Ticket To The Moon Foundation is vital for the kids to go back to school.

TICKET TO THE MOON FOUNDATION MILESTONE

2006

START OF THE SUMBA, KODI, and MANDORAK ADVENTURE

2007

FIRST PRIMARY SCHOOL IN MANDORAK

2008

DUG THE FIRST WELL TO HAVE SOME CLEAR WATER IN THE COUNTY

2009

CREATION OF THE LESTARI MANDORAK YAYASAAN

2010

CONTRUCTION OF THE HOUSE IN MANDORAK FOR THE LESTARI MANDORAK TO SETTLE DOWN AND FIRST HELP CARE AND MEDICINE GIVEN

2011

BIGGER AWARENESS ON MALARIA DISEASE BY DISTRIBUTING MOSQUITO NET, SOLAR PANEL FOR ENERGY, CREATION OF A TEAM OF LOCAL KODI FOR THE FOUNDATION BASED IN SUMBA, BIGGER DUG TO HAVE MORE WATER FOR THE COUNTY

2012

MEDICINE IN BIGGER QUANTITIES, MORE AND MORE MOSQUITO NET. START OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION, MORE AND MORE DONATION, FOUNDATION IS NOW PART OF THE NATURAL PARK

2013

LESTARI MANDORAK FOUNDATION BECOMES THE TICKET TO THE MOON FOUNDATION, HUGE PARTICIPATION FROM THE INTERNATIONAL DONOR, GROWTH OF THE VILLAGE CONTRIBUTION, MORE MEDECINE, BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE AND TEACHER FOR SCHOOL

2014

FULL TIME PERSON TAKING CARE OF THE TICKET TO THE MOON FOUNDATION, BUILDING A BETTER LIVING FOR THE PEOPLE, RECEIVING ALL DONATIONS AND COORDINATING HELP FROM ABROAD.

2015

SOLAR PUMP REPAIR AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT FOR THE LOCAL VILLAGE

2016

START OF PERMACULTURE PROJECT TO TEACH LOCALS HOW TO GROW AND MAINTAIN CROPS, LIVE A HEALTHY DIET AND TO OVERCOME DROUGHTS IN THE SUMMER PERIOD

2017

RENOVATION OF THE KITCHEN AND STAFF ROOMS, DONATION TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL TO HELP THE DRAWBACKS WITH SCHOOLÂŽS WATER SUPPLY

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TICKET TO THE MOON FOUNDATION

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