Saturday, 24 July 2010

Introducing The Raleigh Borneo 10I Projects

Community Development
Alphas 7 & 8: Gravity Water Feed Systems in Kampung Bombong 3 and Kampung Mongowou, Pitas District)

Many remote communities within Malaysia still do not have access to clean, drinkable water. Although great steps have been taken to overcome this problem there still remains a large number lacking this basic need. Villages without a water source collect their water in large tanks and barrels from rainfall. The rainfall in many areas is insufficient to meet their needs all year round so water is often taken from polluted rivers. This has the obvious knock on effect of ill health through water borne diseases such as typhoid. Many communities use these rivers to wash in and there is additional contamination from chemicals used in agriculture, in particular from oil palm plantations. Provision of a gravity fed water system is a simple and often inexpensive solution to getting fresh water into a community. A community may also have an existing system which needs repair work to make it functional again.

Construction of a gravity feed water system involves a detailed survey of the village and area to ascertain where piping and taps should be placed as well as locating a suitable source. Sources are generally several kilometres from the kampung and will be in hard to reach areas. They are usually springs or small streams which are free from pollution or human interference. Once a source has been identified, it is damned using wire cages filled with rocks and/or cement. Piping is then laid to several reservoir tanks which enable a head of pressure to be established as well as to cope with periods of high demand. From these tanks, piping is then laid into the kampung; this will usually involve digging the pipe into shallow trenches to avoid it being damaged. Finally connectors and taps are installed as the system is established within the community to provide the most efficient supply. During the whole process the local community assist with the work and are educated on how to maintain their system in order to provide a sustainable solution to their water requirements.
Both Kg Mongowou and Kg Bombong 3 are located in the Kota Marudu/Pitas region of Sabah approximately 4 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu.  Although on first arrival into KK Sabah seems quite developed within an hour of leaving the capital the real remoteness of Borneo can be seen. The Pitas area of Sabah is the poorest of all the regions on Sabah and arguably Malaysia as a whole.
These are the sixth and seventh kampongs of 54 that our new project partner Asian Forestry are looking to support by helping them with land rights issues and social infrastructure development.  Following workshops with the locals, both communities identified that their main concern was their water supply.

The current system in Kg Bombong 3 is insufficient therefore the Raleigh team plan to improve the existing system by constructing a new dam and installing tanks at the current water source, plus a second dam and tanks to supply the smaller group of houses 1km away. Finally extra piping and taps will be laid to ensure every house hold has access to water, recovering as much of the old pipe as possible.

Kg Mongowou has never had a water system. Therefore the Raleigh team will install a complete new system in just three weeks; including constructing a dam, installing storage tanks and running pipes into the communities.

Environmental/Community Project
Alpha 9: MORF – Reforestation project, Kampung Bowang Jamal, Kudat District


MORF is a new conservation programme designed to actively pursue re-forestation through collection, cultivation and replanting of forest trees in order to reclaim barren areas. The initial objective is to establish a ‘field base’ and ‘rainforest nursery’ to supply indigenous tree species to land obtained through donation, purchase on behalf of the organisation or any other means possible.

This project is only just starting and will benefit hugely from having Raleigh volunteers involved. During the project Raleigh plans to; build an accommodation area for future volunteers to work on the project, and install a water system for both washing and managing the nursery, and if time allows collect saplings from the local area.

The project is located approximately 4 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu and is quite close to an active community, the real bonus about this project is that it is only a short walk to a beautiful beach.

Adventure Challenge (All project groups)

Teams will come together after their community or environmental phase to a central location in order to be briefed and commence their jungle adventure challenge. The event will be staged at a secret location, well off the beaten track and amongst pristine and deep Borneo jungle. The area is steeped in tradition and folk lore as well as being one of the richest plant diversity sites in Borneo in particular for orchids, rhododendrons and pitcher plants. In addition the people of the area have an interesting history as fierce head hunters. 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.

Teams will spend their first day or so being briefed and introduced to jungle life – this will include how to live, survive and move through the jungle. Teams will then be sent off into the surrounding area to complete a number of both physical and mentally challenging tasks – teams will be self sufficient during this time and will have to move through the jungle to each task. The tasks are designed to maximise team work and to draw out all the skills of the whole group. The terrain the teams will cross will be arduous and physically demanding, as well as remote and wild. Teams will at all times have to consider their impact on the local environment carrying everything out with them they took into the jungle. A scoring system of all tasks as well as overall performance will then rank the teams after the conclusion of this phase.
The final phase of the challenge will see the teams going head to head against each other in a physically demanding race which will take into account their previous scores. This final challenge could take place over 24 hours and will see individuals challenged – the team crossing the finish line first with all members of their group will be crowned the champions. It will then be a chance to relax and rest afterwards with a party and some sleep.

1 comment:

Zoya said...

Jessss I jus received your post today! It made me laugh and cry! Miss you loads! Hull just isnt the same without you.
Hope the food gets tastier and hope your having a good time!
Love zoya xxxxxxxx