Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Allocations and Project Planning Visits - 26th January 2010

After months of anticipation and much nervous biting of finger nails the project managers have finally been allocated their projects for the next three months.  They will now work in groups of two or three to manage environmental, community and adventure projects all over Borneo.
Despite being relieved at discovering what they're going to be up to over the next three months PMs have not been given much time to reflect, as after only five days in country they have left field base to go out on project planning visits.  These visits are essential for investigating sites and meeting the local project partners crucial in ensuring the success of a project. Project managers also these visits drawing up evacuation plans, route cards and risk assessments. Volunteers will also draw up huge shopping lists detailing all the equipment and supplies they will need over the next three months. So let's meet the PMs and introduce the projects.  
First up the community projects;
Alpha 1 Kindergarten - Kampung Salit Paitan  Groups in Kampung Salit Paitan will be building a kindergarten from scratch. This new building will provide generations of children with the chance to gain the early literacy skills required to enter the school system.

 Project managers Laura Pickering and Ali Thackray 
Alpha 2 and Alpha 3 - Gravity Water Feed Systems 
Expedition 10A will install 3 gravity water feed systems, providing three villages with fresh running water.

Alpha 2 will work in Kampung Kopuron to give the community there a new water source. The group will install a new filter system that treats all water before it arrives into peoples homes, providing clean water straight from the tap. This is the first time this system has been tried in Sabah and it is hoped that this community could be used a model for future projects. Alpha 2 is being managed by Serge Neumand and Emily Carter.

Alpha 3 will work in three phases.  During phase one the team will build a new pipe network supplying water to the people of Kg Lingka Buguan 2. In phases two and three Raleigh will install a completely new water system in the village of Kg Vunui Locos. Project Managers Rachel Gower and David Lau are running these projects.
Next up the environmental projects; 
Alpha 4 Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre - Sepilok 

The Sun Bear is the smallest of the nine bear species in the world. The centre will raise awareness of the plight of the Sun Bear and allow for the rehabilitation of bears that have been kept in captivity or orphaned. Raleigh groups will be involved in a variety of work to help the bears be released into their new homes at the start of 2010.  Project Managers Ali Dalal, Sarah Pink and Donna Scanlan (from left to right) will be running this project.

Alpha 5 Bridge Foundations - Imbak Caynon 

Imbak Canyon is one of the last remaining untouched and relatively unexplored areas of Sabah. More people have been to Everest base camp, than have visited this virgin primary rainforest conservation area. The region is home to wildlife including elephants, orang-utans and hundreds of rare bird species.  This expedition will be based mainly around infrastructure development both at Rangers and BBC camp.  Recent expeditions have worked on the preparation for a second suspension bridge across the larger Imback River. This project will be managed by Eddie Boyle (2nd left) and Oonagh Hayes (far right). They will be joined by medics Nat Iliffe (far left) and Eleri Evans (2nd right) in phases one and two.

Alpha 6 MORF Reforestation project - Kampung Bawang Jamal, Kudat District 
MORF is a new conservation programme designed to actively pursue re-forestation through the collection, cultivation and replanting of forest trees in order to reclaim barren areas. This is a new project and Raleigh plans to build accommodation for future volunteers, a nursery to provide trees and to collect saplings from the local area.  Kate Hallam (left) and Eleni Coldrey (right) will mange this project.

Finally the adventure projects;
Alpha 7 and Alpha 8,Trekking and PADI Dive Course, Long Pa Sia and Mamutik These two teams will trek for 10 – 11 days in south western corner of Sabah on the Kalimantan and Sarawak border starting from the small village of Long Pasia carrying all their own supplies and equipment. Long Pasia is a very remote area and is steeped in tradition and folk lore.After the trek both groups will gain a PADI qualification before spending 1-2 days on a conservation programme at Tungku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Alpha 7-Project manager Ed Laschet (middle) will be joined by medic Sav Wijensingha (not pictured) on phase 1 medic Eleri Evans (left) on phase 2 and medic Kat Bush (right) on phase 3.
Alpha 8-Medic Nat Iliffe (left) will be joined by project manager Sam de La Haye(right) on phases 1 and 2 and project manger James McGovern (middle) on phase 3.  

Alpha 9,Trekking and PADI Dive Course, The Kiulu Valley, Crocker Mountain range and Mamutik, The third group will split their trekking across two sites either side of the diving section. The first five day trek will take place in the Kiulu valley in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. The second seven day trek takes place in the southern part of the Crocker Mountain range. In between these two treks the group will spend spend 3 to 4 days doing their PADI Open Water diving qualification followed by 1 to 2 days on an underwater clean up. Project manager Ali Parry (2nd left) will be joined by medic Emma Chapham (2nd right) on phase one, medic Cat Bush (right) on phase two and medic Eleri Evans (left) on phase three. 


Anonymous said...

Yes Ali!!
just randomly checked up on the blogg and seen ur trekking n diving! read its a different trek but im sure theres still a border u need to reach.hope it goes well and ur whittling skills have improved.
Ho Ho Ho! x

09K Chi said...

Hello 10A...!

Congrats on project allocations...

I've got to ask though...surely you're not building ANOTHER kindergarten in Minusoh, as it says on the blog??

Kampung Minusoh! Kampung Minusoh!!


Sophie said...

Wow! Sounds like you're having a great time Emily!
The jungle training looks like tonnes of fun but quite tiring!
Keep me updated on the new water source you're helping to put together - I'm sure it'll be top notch!

Don't get too much of a tan - I won't be able to compete here in England.

Hope you're having loads of fun!
Now get building that new water source girl!

Loads of Love
Your Fav (yet only) Little Sister Sophie xxxx

Zoe said...

Well done Sergio :) T'as l'air tres content dans la photo :) Envoie moi des nouvelles. Je parts lundi pour l'australie, I can't wait. Je pense a toi. Amuses toi bien xxx

Rose said...

Hey 10A!
Have a fantastic time everyone!
James you womaniser - one on each arm! watch out Sam! haha jokes ;p
Nat! hope youre well and had a nice rest before plunging back in to deal with all the minor (hopefully not major) ailments :)
Ali! trek phase looks pretty awesomely weird and wonderful, of course, it means that you cant go to indonesia, but hey, dont worry about it :p nah it looks like it'll be great :D
Aidan - i know youre there somewhere...! have a fab time, be as enthusiastic as ever and you cant go wrong :)
Everyone have an incredible time and go for it (of course, carefully risk assessing along the way! :p) missing you all and Borneo! (and warmth without a minimum of 3 layers of clothing)
Meg xxx
P.s. to all working at Sepilok - mind the nails! :)

Janice said...

Hi Emily (alpha 2)
Hello from your very 'slow' mum who is just getting to grips with 'blogging'!!! Lovely to see your photo with Serge. Hope you are having a brill time and not too many leeches etc. It all looks amazing! Have posted a letter so hope it is with you soon.
Lots of love mum xxxxxxxxx