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Help Tikopia und Anuta e.V.

Wildenbruchstr. 75
40545 Düsseldorf

Telefon: +49-(0)211-5570119, Mobil: +49-(0)175-6259429
Telefax: +49-(0)211-5580112
Adresse e-mail:khympendahl at t-online.de
Interlocuteur: Klaus Hympendahl

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The non-profit-making organisation Help Tikopia and Anuta was founded by Klaus Hympendahl in 2002, in order to support the Polynesian inhabitants of the remote islands of Tikopia and Anuta.

Both islands are part of the Solomon Islands, in the far east of this huge archipelago, which is inhabited primarily (99%) by Melanesians. In the capital they call them "the outer islands" and it is only twice a year that so-called supply ships call in there. This means that there are hardly any supplies available. There is no electricity, there are no shops, no civil servants. The chiefs have banned outboards and alcohol.

When the island of Tikopia was destroyed by cyclone Zoe on New Year’s Day 2002, with gusts of over 300 kilometres an hour, the only western building – the little clinic – was also blown down. Within six months, our organisation had built a new clinic. We send regular shipments of medicine, medical apparatus, used spectacles and pipes to the islands.

The South Sea Expedition Lapita-Voyage set off from the Philippines in Oktober 2008 and the voyage ended on the Polynesian islands of Tikopia and Anuta in April 2009. Sailing in two replicas of Polynesian catamarans, we were the first to follow the migration routes of the Polynesians from South East Asia, about 4,000 sea miles over the Pacific. At the end of the Lapita-Voyage, the ethnic catamarans were presented to the inhabitants of Tikopia and Anuta. The islanders can now use the catamarans to visit each other, bring the sick to a hospital and their children to the boarding school on Lata, 200 sea miles away. The men can go fishing on the high seas again. The new boats will encourage the return of traditional boat-building on the islands. Without these ethnic catamarans, the islanders are largely cut off from the outside world.
The non-profit-making organisation Help Tikopia and Anuta will continue to support these remote islands

• with boat equipment such as rope ends, materials for repairs to the hull, paint etc.
• with medicines, especially to treat the treacherous bandworm, the skin disease "White Spots", which turns brown skin white and patchy, and the frequent cases of rheumatism.
• with used spectacles and pipes. For a man or woman on these islands, a Western pipe is worth as much as a car.

Klaus Hympendahl is the founder of the organisation.

On request I/we can offer other net participants: advice, an expert opinion, a presentation. We can provide up-to-date information and contacts in the field of our work.


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