Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Phase 1 Staff Allocations

Well aware that the allocations ceremony was going to be right after dinner, the volunteer project managers had plenty time to develop sweaty palms and heart palpitations on the way back from TAC. 

No doubt, Expedition 09B promised six fantastic projects, but everyone couldn't help but be a little fidgety about finding out about the wheres and whats of their projects!  

The awards night was nothing less than primo, the VMs were all smiles and excited to outline their Project Planning Visits and get out there and meet their locations. We are proud to present our Volunteer Managers and their projects for phase 1 of Raleigh Borneo 09B:

Alpha 1 – Gravity Water Feed System at Kampung Rugading, Ranau District

The volunteer managers assigned to this project are none other than the lovely trio of Sarah Potts, Fiona Kendall and Jean Young. 

Kampung Rugading is only 12Km from Ranau, the Capital of the district, only two hours' drive from KK and a major spot for tourists. The community, however, had to leave the households about five years ago due to an insufficient and unclean water supply. Since then the village head has been relentlessly looking for support to help the community implement a new gravity water feed system and help his people return to their village. The community currently live in household of friend and families in another kampung about 4-5 kms away. Once the water supply is up and running the community hope to return to their homes and land to resuming farming. 

Next is Alpha 2, the  Gravity Water Feed System at Kampung Tampasak, Tongod District 

The Tongod region of Sabah is approximately four to five hours drive from Kota Kinabalu. The communities are predominantly of Sungai Makiang (Makiang River) origin living in traditionally built housing of bamboo and leafed roofing. The kampungs have become increasingly isolated over the past few years due to the deterioration of the main track into the area. There are very few community facilities available and the area has been earmarked for assistance from various NGOs to improve the standard of living. The  Sabah Forestry Department will be providing the support for this project as part of their community development programme. Presenting the capable team of VMs assigned to this project:   

L-R: Esme Errington, Matt Jones and Daisy Ford

Alpha 3 – Infrastructure construction at Imbak Canyon

Imbak Canyon has been described as possibly the largest untouched rainforest in Borneo, if not the world. The region is home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, orang-utans and hundreds of rare bird species. Raleigh volunteers are helping to protect the future biodiversity of the whole area by developing the  infrastructure, including supporting the construction of a jungle camp living accommodation, trail improvements to and from the canyon and a new suspension bridge. And the winners are: 

 Ben Cocks and Hazel Hooper

Alpha 4 – Eco Lodge at Batu Puteh

In this beautiful area, Raleigh volunteers will be working with the Sungai people of the Lower Kinabatangan River to help complete the development of an Eco Lodge that will promote sustainable tourism and provide an alternative source of income for the community.  They will live in an environmentally sound jungle camp, not only working on the ongoing construction of the site, but also developing trails, eradicating aggressive fast growing weed and planting trees. The dynamic duo assigned to Batu Puteh are 

Georgina Combes and Christiane Niemeyer

Alpha 5 and 6 – Long Pa Sia trekking and PADI dive course

All project teams will trek in the south western corner of Sabah on the Kalimantan and Sarawak border starting from the small village of Long Pa Sia.  The area is one of the richest plant diversity sites in Borneo in particular for orchids, rhododendrons and pitcher plants.  There are many ancient legends passed down through the generations which make this a fascinating place to spend some time as well as being thick and untouched jungle. Additionally, Raleigh volunteers will be involved in a diving programme on Mamutik Island which includes completing a certified PADI Open Water Diver course followed by 1 or 2 days of conservation work. And the hardcore trekker/diver teams are: 

Alpha 5 - Medic Simon Grewcock and Sarah Young

Medic Wendy Streeton, Lorna Fox and Andrew Heaton


Bienvenido! said...

Sarah! Treking again, good to see! I am back for my second exped however I broke my foot three days into staff induction so have to hang at field base for phase one. This means I am in charge of the CR and N blog for three weeks and was just checking out all the other blogs and spied you in the pics. Hope you are having a blast - Libby!

Raleigh bears said...

Hey wee Andy - best of luck on your trek! saw off some of the venturers this morning at Heathrow with Amy..I think your peace is soon to be well and truly shattered - awesome! Have a great time and please don't get anyone lost!? Samx

Brian O said...

It was great to see all of the new expeditions members leaving Heathrow on Friday, quite relieved that the weather held back long enough for us parents to see you off safely. It is going to be great watching your progress here, and I am sure you are all going to have a fantastic time.

Brian O.

karim said...

Hi Tash
Hope you have a fantastic trip.
Sounds great wish I was with you
Lots of love


james.mcmullan2 said...

Happy birthday Sarah Mcmullan !Hope you arrived and are happily getting to know all the others. We've had Tricia with us this weekend. She & I went to see Strictly come dancing at the o2. what a laugh!!
It seems quiet without you!!Missing you already
Love Mumxx
PS Did you find our birthday card?

Mark said...

Hi Charlotte, hope the journey was ok and that you arrived safely, still snowy here. Bush fires in Victoria ! Its really weird not getting any texts or phone calls from you, missing you loads, I bet your having a great time
Love Mum x x x

nicky said...

Hi Jamie. Hope you arrived ok. We ara all missing you lots. Josh went to explorers mon.night and enjoyed it. I am writing you a letter tonight with all the news and an update on the rugby. Look after yourself. Love Mum, Dad and Josh.

nicky said...

Hi Jamie. Not sure if you will get this message twice so sorry if you do. Hope you arrived ok. We are all missing you lots. Josh went to explorers mon night and enjoyed it. I will write to you tonight with all the news and an update on the rugby. Look forward to hearing what you are doing. Lots of love mum, dad and josh

Mark said...

Hi Charlotte, hope your having a great time, still snowing, very quiet without you missing you loads
Love Mum x x x

Brian O said...

Message for Anton Orzel:

Your mother had her operation and is alive and well.

Marlies said...

Hello Anne-Fleur,
Ik hoop,dat je een fijne tocht hebt en dat je snel gewend bent aan de nieuwe groep.
Doe Joost de groetjes en geniet van de mooie natuur en ik ga je schrijven hoor.
Groetjes Mamalies

Marlies said...

Hallo Anne-Fleur,

Ik hoop, dat je snel gewend zult zijn aan je nieuwe groep en dat je zult genieten van de prachtige natuur van Sabah en daarna van de duikcursus.Zet hem op he en ik denk aan je.Kus mamalies xxx

Steve and Moira said...

Hay Alice

You had better be looking forward to every minute of this, what a fantastic experience you are going to have. We wish we were with you.

Much Love Steve and Moira

grandad o said...

Hi James , this is to let you know that your activities are being watched by your grandparents in Stone We hope it is as good as it looks.
A letter to follow.
grandad & gma

Emilie Deiters said...

Hey lieve Emilie van Dedem!
Ik zie dat jij nu in Imbak zit! Daar was ik ook! Die waterval is chill he?! Ik hoop dat het goed met je gaat en dat je geniet van alles.
Ik ben wel een beetje jaloers hoor!
Heel veel liefs vanuit Buenos Aires.
xx Emilie