Ticket to the Moon Foundation

De Lestari Mandorak Foundation, nu The Ticket to the Moon Foundation, werd geboren na drie jaar veldervaring: sinds 2006 was een hulpproject geïnitieerd door Europese en Indonesische reizigers in Mandorak County, op het westelijke deel van het afgelegen eiland Sumba , in Indonesië.

Zonder toegang tot water of elektriciteit, worstelt de Kodi -stam uit Mandorak om te overleven met zelfvoorzienende landbouw en visserij, het belangrijkste inkomen dat afhankelijk is van een jaarlijkse cashew -oogst. Gevoelig voor deze endemische situatie, heeft Ticket to the Moon samengewerkt met lokale partners om de Kodi -mensen te helpen hun levensomstandigheden te verbeteren, waarbij ze hun voorouderlijke cultuur behouden.
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 en Sumba -cultuur

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).

Onderwijs voor de bevolking

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


Start van de avontuur van Sumba, Kodi en Mandorak


Eerste basisschool in Mandorak


Gegraven de eerste put om wat helder water te hebben in de provincie


Creatie van de Lestari Mandorak Yayasaan


Contructie van het huis in Mandorak voor de Lestari Mandorak om zich te vestigen en eerst te helpen zorg en medicijnen geven


Groter bewustzijn over de ziekte van malaria door het distribueren van muggennet, zonnepaneel voor energie, creatie van een team van lokale kodi voor de stichting gevestigd in Sumba, grotere gegraven om meer water te hebben voor de provincie


Geneeskunde in grotere hoeveelheden, steeds meer muggennet. Start van de internationale participatie, steeds meer donatie, stichting maakt nu deel uit van het natuurpark


Lestari Mandorak Foundation wordt het ticket naar de Moon Foundation, enorme deelname van de internationale donor, groei van de dorpsbijdrage, meer medecine, betere infrastructuur en leraar voor school


Fulltime persoon die voor het ticket naar de Moon Foundation zorgt, een beter leven voor de mensen bouwt, alle donaties ontvangt en hulp van het buitenland coördineert.


Zonnepompreparatie en verdere ontwikkeling voor het plaatselijke dorp


Start van Permaculture Project om de lokale bevolking te leren groeien en gewassen te onderhouden, een gezond dieet te leven en droogtes te overwinnen in de zomerperiode


Renovatie van de keuken- en personeelsruimtes, donatie aan de plaatselijke school om de nadelen te helpen met de watervoorziening van de school

Toekomstige ontwikkeling van het ticket naar de Moon Foundation

The Ticket to the Moon Foundation’s ambition is to help the Kodi people find economic balance. Mandorak County is likely to welcome a promising type of industry, eco-tourism.

The idea is to open the Kodi villages to visitors who would agree to share their daily life, respect their rhythm and natural environment, while enjoying a large choice of activities (snorkeling, hiking, horse-riding, etc).

While discovering Mandorak County’s shores, lagoon and landscapes, these eco-friendly tourists will get introduced to the Kodi culture thanks to an organic farm offering local food and traditional Sumbanese meals, let alone organized horse games, tribal music or a visit to the handicraft shop.

With new infrastructures such as solar panels, energy would no longer be an issue. Bringing such modern technologies would be a huge step toward helping the Kodi improve their economic situation, while preserving their culture and promoting an eco-friendly development.

The financial resources collected by the Foundation benefit directly to the Kodi tribe With the blessing of the Sumbanese officials, The Foundation has bought some land to protect the wild life against possible speculation. The Indonesian authorities have conceded the status of Natural Park to a part of the Foundation’s territory.

Sociale en milieuprojecten

Over the past years, we have been very fortunate. Together with our friends and partners in Sumba, we could drastically improve the local livelihood situation. In fact, things have improved by such a degree that the TTTM Foundation is now coming to an end. 

We all are tremendously proud of the devel- opments of the project and are now eagerly following our Sumbanese friends' steps and standing by their side with advice upon request. With much excitement, we are now shifting our focus and energies to other selected social and environmental projects that we believe in and who are working towards similar goals to make the world a better place.

We are an organisation with a strong commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Therefore we feel a strong calling to give back to society and to support those in need. Amongst other activities, we have therefore launched a couple of collaborations that involve donating for example. As we are in the reorientation process of our social endeavors, let us know about any interesting projects that could be interesting partners!


One of them is the humanitarian project "Sole-men". Solemen is a non-profit organization based in Bali, Indonesia, that provides various forms of support to people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other life-threatening conditions. They assist individuals who are unable to afford medical treatment, rehabil- itation, or other basic necessities. They also organize campaigns and events to raise awareness about various issues affecting the community. 

Ticket To The Moon recognizes the great work that Solemen is doing and wants to help them with their cause. Our company has provided printed eco-bags that are made from eco-friendly materials and are reusable. These eco-bags feature Solemen’s and our company logo and are designed to help raise awareness about Solemen's mission and promote sustainable practices. Through this project, Ticket To The Moon hopes to encourage people to use eco-bags instead of single-use plastic bags.

Plastic pollution is a significant environmental issue, and it is crucial that we take steps to reduce our plastic usage. By donating eco-bags to Solemen, we aim to help reduce plastic waste while also supporting a great cause. We are proud to support Solemen's mission, creates sources of income and to help make a positive impact in the community. Our team believes that it is important to give back to society and we will continue to find ways to support worthy causes. Another way we support Solemen is by providing Moon-chairs to disadvantaged families amongst many others with disabled children.
Deze families waren eerder verborgen in een slecht gebied van Denpasar zonder steun of zorg van buitenaf. Door Solemen die nauw werken Met de regering van Bali genieten ze nu allemaal van nieuw Woont in Denpasar -gebied van Renon in schone vaste huisvesting Samen met rolstoeltoegang.

De kinderen profiteren enorm door reguliere therapie, voorziening van voedingswaarde uitgebalanceerd voedsel en voortdurende emotionele steun door de goed doel. Eerder had geen van de kinderen de gelegenheid om te spelen. Ze krijgen nu zelfs in allerlei kattenkwaad door hun nieuw ontdekte (en wilde) swingende mogelijkheden. Wat een plezier!


Project Wings is a growing German NGO that is currently building the world's largest recycling village in Indonesia from 250 tons of plastic waste. They aim to tackle three major global issues: species extinction, tropical deforestation, and plastic pollution. The organization is implementing a self-sustaining system run by locals that combines environmental protection, nature conservation, and animal welfare. They use an innovative approach to turn plastic waste into Eco-bricks, which are then used to construct affordable buildings. 

The NGO is also involved in protecting the rainforest, animal welfare, promoting alternatives to plastic and education. Their future plans include building a sustainable marketplace, sports ground and organic restaurant.

Project Wings collaborates with various partners and supporters to realize their vision. We support them with custom printed bags as a start to give to participants of round table meetings with NGOs and politicians as well as for funding activities in Germany to raise mindfulness for this important mission. We will support their crew with hammocks for the community patrol and for sleeping cabins for the team and supporters. We are planning to do some pro- jects with them in the near future to raise aware- ness in Sumatra (more projects and collaborations are likely to come in the future).

De afval van de ene man is de schat van een andere man!