Monday, 26 July 2010

Dr Challoner's Take On Borneo!

The third and final Raleigh Borneo expedition of the summer kicked off yesterday as thirty students and teachers from Dr Challoner's school, Buckinghamshire arrived in Sabah.  They were met at the airport by four friendly Raleigh project managers (who will be supporting them throughout their expedition) and taken to Borneo Beach House for a tasty dinner cooked by our very own Yo and a much needed shower!  After a good night's sleep, the girls were taken to the Traverse Activity Centre where they will spend the next two days learning all the skills needed to survive in the tough terrain of the Bornean jungle.

Here are a few pics showing what they've been up to so far...


First Aid Training

 Radio Training


Tools Training

Let's 'Get Out There'

On Wednesday, the venturers will be split into two groups (C1 and C2) and will deploy out to their project sites where they'll begin work.  Below is some more information about these projects that are so critically important to the under privileged communities.

C1: Gravity Water Feed System in Kampung Maliau Pusat


The Village of Maliau Pusat has existed for over 150 years. There is a population of 250 people and a total of 25 houses. The ethnic group of the community is Dusun Sonsogon while the majority of the population is Christian or pagan. Most of the villagers are working as farmers. Types of crops usually grown are vegetables, coconuts, corn, bananas, peanuts and rubber. Most crops are grown for subsistence purposes leaving little left to sell in the local market.

Currently, the community relies on collecting rainwater and river water. The aim here is to install a brand new gravity water system that will supply the nearby households with a sustainable source of water for drinking and sanitation.

C2: Gravity Water Feed System in Kampung Bambagan Ulu

The Village of Bambagan Ulu has existed for over 100 years. There is a population of 259 people and a total of 48 houses. The ethnic group of the community is Dusun Sonsogon while the majority of the population is Christian or pagan. Kg Bambagan Ulu has no infrastructure and lacks: electricity, medical facilities, running water and communications. The nearest school is over 1 hour walk away. It is considered to be one of the poorest areas in Sabah. They survive on shifting agriculture, fishing and some cash crops. Their livelihoods have been drastically compromised due to land grabbing, logging and the boom of oil palm plantations that has resulted in the loss of their traditional hunting and farming lands.

As part of a larger community development initiative, a gravity feed water system was installed in this rural community with funding from the government. The government provided the materials however the installation was left to the community. The water system was to supply the nearby households with water for drinking and sanitation. Sadly the water system has not worked likely due to inadequate water at the source. The availability of water sources in the community therefore remains very limited.

Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene is essential for the healthy and sustainable development of all communities. Water is fundamental to life and health.  With this in mind, Raleigh intends to repair the existing Gravity Feed Water system to provide a sustainable supply of water that will meet the needs of Kg Bambagan Ulu.


Use this blog to keep updated on all the fabulous progress that the venturers are making out here.  You can also leave them messages that I will pass on on your behalf. 
Don't be strangers!


30 comments:

Martin said...

Looking good Gen. Glad to see you arrived safely. Have a fantastic time. Lots of Love Mum&Dad

David Longfellow said...

Ste, I have set up a blog for you to follow about what's happening at home. I have sent you the address through via a special invitation to your e-mail account. Hope you like it. Dad

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhys Alpha 3 ,
We got you postcards today -less than a week after you posted it . i have tears in my eyes when I read that you are having such a good time and tears in my eyes of hoorror at the thought of 8 inch spiders by your bed . I`m glad you`ve survived the near death experiences ,- infact I`m thrilled . I hpoe you continue to survive the rest .Great to hear your news. I can see that it really does p down with rain and I wondered which tree in the jungle postcard was the one you might be camping near ! The waterfalls look lovely . Have a great time lots of love mum

P MAMA said...

Hi Manisha, hope you're doing well, and not finding things so tough, but if you are,i know you r a tough girl and will deal with it. I just finished my third house last week and all is well. By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY and hope to see you soon.
PRAVIN MAMA

MUM said...

Hi Manisha, so good to hear your voice this morning and knowing you enjoyed the project even though it was hard work. Nice to know you are well and now coming back to borneo base paradise for a few days to recoup before you get back on road again. keep taking the malaria tablets until u get back home. Eat,Sleep well, hope to speak to u soon. Love Mum

Laura said...

SKINN'EDD! :)
Hey Daisy, looks like you are having a lovely time. Mum says you look bored and tired but as soon as we saw you in the pictures she burst out crying! :P (In fact she has been crying since you left!)
We are all envy you so much and wish we were there experiencing this with you :( But we are glad you got there okay and hope you have a great time on the rest of your adventure! :) Be careful of all the animals and dont do anything we wouldnt do ;)
Look forward to more news and pictures. So lovely to see where you are and what you have been getting up to.

Lots of love, your lil sis, big mamma and mr papaa! <3 xxxxxxxxxx

Laura said...

SKINN'EDD! :)
Hey Daisy, looks like you are having a lovely time. Mum says you look bored and tired but as soon as we saw you in the pictures she burst out crying! :P (In fact she has been crying since you left!)
We are all envy you so much and wish we were there experiencing this with you :( But we are glad you got there okay and hope you have a great time on the rest of your adventure! :) Be careful of all the animals and dont do anything we wouldnt do ;)
Look forward to more news and pictures. So lovely to see where you are and what you have been getting up to.

Lots of love, your lil sis, big mamma and mr papaa! <3 xxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Janaki,

We are so glad that you got there and from the pictures it looks like you are having a great time.
We all miss you but you enjoy your experience to the max !
Just to say 'two fish suppers and two Ben & Jerry ice-creams'. Hope that makes you laugh. HA HA HA !
Love you lots Mum,Dad,Dhru,Nimi,Daadi & Faiba xx

Chris said...

Hi Ciara Lira,
Glad to see you are still smiling and we look forward to hearing all about your experiences. Missing you! Love Mum, Dad and Owen xxx

Marjolein said...

Hi Saskia
Good that you have arrived safely and that you enjoyed the journey. Gran and Ruth send their love to you (and secretely wish you had safely returned already) Do a good job you can be proud of and have a good time.
Mum, Dad, Mark & Olli

Robert Skinner said...

Hey Daisy,
great photos. Try to look a bit more enthusiastic for the first aid training :) Have a fantastic time, take care and relish every moment,
love Mom, Dad & Laura xxx

Chris Dann said...

Hi Ellie and all the girls at Challoners. Ellie your silly hat,sorry Tilly hat,looks great. The pictures of you all show you have settled in well,remember to check your boots for spyders. I know you will all have a great time, lots of love Chris, Nicky and Sophie xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hey Lucy,

Saw you in a picture when you doing 'tool training'. Great to see you all got there safe and sound. Good luck with the next stage of your adventure. God Bless. Love, Mum, Dad, Sean, Coco and the cats. xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Janaki,

I hope you are fine and taking your malaria and vitamin tablets. We are really proud of you and send you our love. Just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday 2nd Aug, have a great day and hope you are taking lots of pictures. God Bless and you are always in our thoughts. Love Mum,Dad,Dhru,Nimi,Daadi & Faiba XXXXX

Anonymous said...

Hi christina Mummy here! I'm in Milton Keynes with carmen. Hope you are not being eaten by mossies!
love you lots Mummy & daddy & carmen xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Kirsty,
Selamat mallam from Llanfairfechen. Thinking of you and sending our love, Grannie Grandpa and Bonnie xxx

Anonymous said...

Hey Chrissie!!!

Good to see you made it out there okay! It´s crazy out here in Costa Rica =] Just had a quick chance to come into town at changeover and I thought I´d say hi! Just finished Phase 1 doing the community phase, no idea what I´m doing on phase 2 yet though! I want to do trek although I´ve heard lots of horror stories from them...well those that survived anyway! I really like it out here, definately up for comming back and travelling around here some more, you should join me! Hope you´re having an amazing time!!!! Big Raleigh catch up needed when we´re both back!!

Miss youuuuu,

Anthony xx

Berry said...

Gen, good to see that you have arrived safely. Hope everything goes well. Too bad though you missed out on an exiting trip to Holland. Franca & Berry

Beena said...

Hi Janaki,

Hope you are having a great time..Pics look good. Great way to enjoy your Birthday right! It will be one to remember.

Love Beena and Neal.

Tamara said...

Hi Kirsty

Great to see you in the photos. Hope you're having a great time. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Lots of love Mum, Dad, Helen and of course Max and Megi xxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Kirsty,

Hope you are having a fab time, looking forward to hearing all about it. Lots of love and x's

Love Frances xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Saskia, wish you were here in Holland. Hope you have a great time,
groetjes van Joop, Mieke, Nikkie, Lillie en Tokie

Sue said...

Hi Becky,
Glad to see you are smiling on the photo. Hope you are enjoying yourself and we can't wait to hear all about it. Hope to see you in another picture soon. Thinking of you. Lots of love Mum, Dad, Dan and Tilly xxx (Naomi would send her love if she was here!)

Rosie said...

Hi Dais,(the Lord)
We are all missing you loads and great to see pictures of what you're doing on the blog. Hope you're having an amaaaazing time and can't wait to see you in wales where I won't be the only sister anymore! We are all thinking of you and we are very jealous seeing as it's cloudy and cold here at home. Love you loads from Mum, Dad, Rosie, Peter and Biff. xxx

Rosie said...

Hi Dais,(the Lord)
We are all missing you loads and great to see pictures of what you're doing on the blog. Hope you're having an amaaaazing time and can't wait to see you in wales where I won't be the only sister anymore! We are all thinking of you and we are very jealous seeing as it's cloudy and cold here at home. Love you loads from Mum, Dad, Rosie, Peter and Biff. xxx

Hilary said...

Hello Jojo
Have only seen this site today as Norfolk now lacks the internet! Rubbish weather so far this holiday, hope yours is better!
Miss you loads and all wonder what you are doing
love from M,D,C,L,M and C xxxxxxxx

JuliaBridden said...

Hi Ellie from here in sunny Laguna Beach. Hope you are having a great time in Borneo and we can't wait to hear about it. Keep well and stay safe :) Love Julia and "Drew" xxx

Matt Hinge said...

Hey Chick,
I hope you are enjoying yourself! The pictures seem like you are :)

I can't wait for you to come home, there is a massive pile of ironing for you! :P

I miss you lots and I can't wait to go out with you and use my vouchers! eeeeee


I love you


Matt
x

Julia said...

Hi Rosie, tried to send a message before but you know how I am with technology!
Hope you get this one. Lovely to see the pics - looks as if you are having a great time and working hard! we are missing you loads and looking forward to hearing all about your adventure. I think you are probably half way up Mt KK at the moment - enjoy the views. Love you lots, mum dad, nikki and jonny xxxx

Anonymous said...

Hiya Misha,
WE ARE MISSING YOU VERY VERY MUCH !! Really good to see your pictures on the blog..seems like you are having an awesome time. Really enjoy all of the experiences out there in Borneo to the max as these will be life changing and a once in a lifetime!
Can't wait to see you on saturday.
Love you too much
Mum, Dad and Aashni :)
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