Thursday, 13 August 2009


by Ed Ptilidi

Residents of Kampung Pinapak in Pitas District can now enjoy clean water right on their doorstep as a result of a newly-formed partnership project between Raleigh, PACOS Trust and Sabah-based Asian Forestry Company (AFC).

The project, started in July as part of Raleigh Borneo’s latest expedition, employed a team of local and international volunteers to build a gravity water-feed system, using a natural water source to bring water direct to the village.

In just under six weeks, the team have built a water dam, set up two 400 litre water tanks, and laid two kilometers of water pipes through the jungle to the village. the start of rainy season.

Alpha 2, phase 1: lots of hard foundation work was put in by these guys at the start.

They have then installed the necessary plumbing to ensure water flowing to the school’s sinks and toilet, as well as several water taps throughout the kampung.

The project was the first of several projects that AFC have planned for other kampungs in the areas where the company operates.

At the official opening ceremony in Pinapak on August 13, Raleigh Borneo Country Director Jim Clements highlighted the importance of the pilot Pinapak project for the future partnership success between Raleigh Borneo and AFC.

“We are very privileged to be involved in these projects, and value AFC’s support for our project teams tremendously.

“Not only do the residents of Pinapak have constant, clean water supply, but our volunteers have learned a great deal from living and working here about the culture and way of life in Sabah,” Mr Clements said.

“It is great to be part of this success, and we look forward to many more successful projects between Raleigh and AFC in the future.”

AFC Managing Director Graeme Brown said the company felt that access to clean water was an important quality and one that was identified as a highest priority by the people of Kampung Pinapak.

Back in March, a planning meeting was held between AFC, PACOS Trust and Pinapak’s residents to identify the community’s priorities.

“By working together with the community and our partners, hundreds of people have benefited as part of our overall community development program for the region,” Mr Brown said.

“Close support was given by Pitas District Office and the village communities headed by their Ketuas Kampong KK Rashid of Pinapak and KK Kalawit of Maliau Pusat who worked tirelessly to make this project successful.

AFC’s Head of Community Drew Boshell played a major role in coordinating this maiden project that will benefit 200 school children of Sekolah Rendah Pinapak and around 70 people living in both Kampong Pinapak and Kampong Maliau Pusat,” Mr Brown said.

Alpha 2 perform a traditional Malay dance with some of the school staff during the ceremony.

AFC has also embarked on planting fruit trees in Maliau Pusat where the gravity feed is located to beautify, conserve, and educate the communities to protect waterways as part of AFC’s CSR attributes for sustainable environment protection.

Apart from completing the water supply system, the volunteers have managed to carve out a place for themselves in the Pinapak community during the past few weeks.

In limited spare time, the team have given English lessons at the Pinapak school, played numerous soccer games with a team of local enthusiasts, have been on homestay, and even attended a traditional wedding ceremony in a nearby kampung.

Raleigh volunteer managers Bobby Rebeiro and Tony Adamson, who have led the project team from start to finish, say they have been absolutely amazed with the warm welcome the team have received from Pinapak’s residents.

“It’s just been amazing how welcoming they [the residents] have been to us. It’s a significant project in terms of building the water feed and also establishing the partnerships.

We would like to thank Kampung Pinapak for accepting us and for helping us complete the project,” they said.

PMs Bobby Rebeiro and Tony Adamson rightfully wash their hads after a job well done by the "Golden Tap".

The opening was attended by many distinguished guests and officials. During the event, the volunteers and some of Pinapak school students performed a play to tell the story of the gravity water system.


* Over 2 km of pipe was laid and connected
* 16 water points taps were installed throughout the community of Pinapak and Maliau Pusat.
* The only community toilets were cleaned, reopened, and reconnected with water.
* A hand-washing basin with three taps was constructed next to the toilets
* All teachers had their houses connected to the piped water
* Raleigh contributed 22 volunteers to the project and PACOS provided 2-3 technical staff
* Volunteer support for project provided by the community
* Extra-curricular activities included English lessons, Community Clean-Up day, football tournament
* 82 fruit trees were donated and planted by Raleigh and community in the watershed (contributed by US Org – People Planet Partnership)
* 200 more indigenous trees to be donated and planted at the start of rainy season


~LuYi~ said...

Oh, the pictures remind me of my Raleigh expedition.. I'm missing Kampung Tampasak and the kindergarten...
Oh gosh, I'm experiencing post expedition blue once again...

Borneo Expedition Spring 08,

Anonymous said...

Hey Wink's left a message earlier on one of these sites(post a comment) about Hurricane Bill & ur progress...Hurricane is a category 4 hopefully we dn't get a direct hit, & the universe blesses us once again but if not we've prepared ourselves @ least here @ job with the worst outcome!!!also as I mentioned earlier @ campsite & boat...we've already had spouts of rain & very loud thunderstorms...Luv YOU!!!!Me

Marilyn said...

Mandy i can say that I am proud of you and accomplishing your task at hand. I see your pictures and you look like you are having a great time and you look good. Never worked so hard and never though that you could do it. It was also good talking to you and know that you are okay. You have about 3 weeks left and thenyou will be back home. Enjoy your phase of tracking and diving. Can not wait to heear the stories and see those pictures.

love Mom

Marilyn said...

Hi Mandy never mentioned that we are having a hurricane coming to Bermuda on Saturday. Not a direct hit it is supposed to be a catergory 3or 4 and about 200-300 mls of. We are having a lot of rain and the wind is getting high.I know how you like to get out into this weather but I will keep you up dated after the hurricane passes and what has happened. Everyone is rooting for you guys and as always stay safe. All of you time is almost up. I am sure you guys are counting the Miss you

Anonymous said...

Hi Christian (E FAULKNER!)

by the time you read this you'll be almost on your way home! Hope you've enjoyed the canyon and really party hard in your last few days!

Alastair Sarah and the girls came yesterday and Sophie and |Hannah were saying how they wished you'd been there!Some chance of them all moving to this neck of the woods in a few years time.

Have booked good hotel for our couple of days in New York City for the period between xmas and New Year. Should have 4 full days in the city (3 nights at the hotel) and Simon is really looking forward to showing you around. The bad will have to share a double bed with him!!

Dad and I have also booked a holiday to Barbados for next April!

Oh! nearly forgot WELL DONE on results!!! Do you know you now have 420 UCAS points!! At least you've got the base to do Uni sometime in the future if you want to!

see you soon!!

lots of love,stay safe

mum and dadxxxxxxx

Rose Harcus said...

Hi Amy

Got your letter. So glad you are enjoying the environmental phase and good luck with the next one. Have been in touch with Erica and she sends you hugs, kisses and cuddles. Miss you lots. See you soon. Mum xxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Wink's,

Hurricane Bill gave us a great blow-job nothing more than that, lots of trees, branches & washed in debri from our waters. Still cleaning up beaches & parks, OMG!!!yesterday we found while cleaning up Clearwater a white-spotted 4 1/2ft eel, it had been washed in onto the floating pilons just across from the landing lights for the airport. That was our excitement for the morning we took it to the aquarium for further inspection, one of the aquarist mentioned that usually this specimen is not found in our waters...Other than that excitment everybody within our clan is safe, just delivered your last pics of ur phase to papa, I'm sure he'll be thankful to see them & you. Jr.'s been asking when you'll be back....& I'd like to know when you'll be landing here as well on the 8th.
Miss you! MUCH!can't wait to sit down with you & here all the stories of this adventure...

Ri says mmmmm how u making out?

Luv Ya! Me!