Thank you for your support.
In December 2019 our family has departed on the last traditional Moken boat to continue the Moken legacy. We are facing the modern problems of statelessness, discrimination of human rights, overfishing and plastic pollution. We need your financial support in the following areas:
Ancestral Knowledge Teaching
In collaboration with the Moken teacher Keng, this project started in 2021. Moken elders are paid teaching salaries to pass ancestral knowledge on to the children. The lessons include, sailing and rowing of the Kabang, music in form of drums and songs that tell the old tales of the nomadic life and teachings of medicinal herbs and plants that the older Moken still use. Your donation helps the survival of this ancient knowledge for another two or three generations. Find out more …
Moken Ocean Guardians
Launched in 2020, this is a Moken-led effort to control plastic pollution on the islands. Led by Ngui, the head of the village, a group of five eco-guardians collect ocean plastics that come with the tide to the village and other remote bays of the island. Over 1000kg are collected, sorted and delivered to our recycling partners on a monthly basis. We believe that plastic pollution has to be dealt with locally and supported internationally. Your donation here will ensure the longevity of this project and helps protect nature around the Surin islands. Find out more …
The Kabang Journey
Leave a donation to support the culturally meaningful journey of the Kabang out at sea. Your donation makes it possible to focus on the tasks ahead: connect to the Moken knowledge, practice the old skills, and collect stories. At the same time it involves: assistance to acquire citizenship, education about individual and cultural rights to diminish discrimination and tools to tackle the trash problems in each village.
Emergency Medical Fund
There is always a medical emergency. Whether someone needs an escort from the island to the hospital or the fees for undergoing an unusual treatment there is always money involved that the Moken often don’t possess. This fund goes to medical care to be given out freely when needed.
Children’s Delicious Nutrition
Healthy fresh fruits are rare on the islands. Moving regularly between the mainland and the islands, we will use this fund for the Moken children’s delight and the occasional joy of sweet Mangos and Papayas.