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