Monday, 24 January 2011

And so… allocations!

After an exhausting but fun few days at Base Camp, the staff returned to Field Base ready and raring to find out which of the nine exciting projects they had been allocated to. So, without further ado…..(drum roll please)…..Introducing the Expedition 11B project managers and the projects they will be working on!
Alpha 1 (Community): Kindergarten – Kampung Sonsogon Magandai, Pitas district
Kg Sonsogon Magandai is a very remote village accessible only by a 5 hour 4x4 journey over rough terrain. There are approximately 160 people living in the village. The kindergarten will have 14 students initially and will continue to serve the village's children in the future.
Alpha 1 (l-r): Max, Shaun, Leanne, Charlie, Claire and Neil

Alpha 2 (Community) – Pulau Maliangin Besar (Maliangin Island), Kudat district
This tiny island is situated of the “Tip of Borneo” near the town of Kudat, which used to be a relatively prosperous village of over 80 households.  The 147-hectare island is at present home to just 15 households as most of the villagers have moved to the larger island of Banggi in search of better education and economic opportunities. The remaining people now live in poor conditions. This expedition the project focus will include compost toilets, work on the community hall and water systems.
Alpha 2 (l-r): Paula, Graham, Chris, Helen and Tom
Alpha 3 (Community) – Kampung Toboh Pahu, Ranau District
Toboh Pahu is a Christian Dusun tribe village in the stunning foothills of Mount Kinabalu. The village is home to around 300 people with 38 households. There are some water systems in place within the village however these are not reliable and only serve a few houses with in the village. This expedition, Raleigh has agreed to provide a gravity-fed water system for the village. This will be a big undertaking, as the water source is approximately 5km away from the village.
Alpha 3 (l-r): Rory, Kate and Rob
Alpha 4 (Environmental): Sepilok – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sandakan district
Raleigh groups have been involved in a variety of work at this fantastic new conservation centre, which aims to help protect Borneo’s rapidly decreasing Sun Bear population. This expedition, Raleigh will continue to work on infrastructural work, most likely to include fence and boardwalk construction to enable the centre to be open to the public. Sepilok is on the eastern side of Sabah, a 7 hour drive from Kota Kinabalu, on good roads. 
Alpha 4 (l-r): Martin, Helen, Sarah, Tom, Leanne, Neil and Amy
Alpha 5 (Environmental): Taliwas – Gravity Water Feed System, Lahad Datu district
Raleigh has had a long relationship with Yayasan Sabah, a state owned company whose aim it is to maximise the potential of the rainforest for all Sabahans. For this project, Raleigh will be continuing this partnership through the provision of a gravity water feed system in the Taliwas area, as part of an overall plan to help it become a research and recreation park by 2012.
Alpha 5 (l-r): James, Petr, Belinda, Stuart and Helen

Alpha 6 (Environmental) Pitas AFC Forestry Reserve, Kota Marudu/Pitas regions
The Ulu Nibang area is situated between the Kota Marudu and the Pitas regions. Positioned within a heavily logged secondary rainforest area, the objective for the Alpha 6‘s Biodiversity Survey is to obtain a HVCF (High Value Conservation Forest) classification for a defined conservation area.
Alpha 6 (l-r): Chris, Dan, Johnny, Amy and Stuart
Alphas 7 & 8 (Adventure): Trekking and Diving
The trekking element of this project will see two teams trekking in the south western corner of Sabah on the Kalimantan and Sarawak border starting from the small village of Long Pasia.  The trek will be over 10 – 11 days and will involve teams carrying all their own supplies and equipment.  Long Pasia is a very remote area and is steeped in tradition.
Alpha 7 (l-r): Carla, Max, Dick, Neil and Claire
Alpha 8 (l-r): Carla, James, Charlie and Graham

Alpha 9 (Adventure): Trek, Dive, Trek
The trekking for this project will be split across two sites, either side of the diving section. The first part will be a 5 day trek in the southern part of the Crocker Mountain range. The route runs along an old trail used by hunters across a ridge line from a small village to the ending point of a beautiful eco-camp. The second section of this trek is a 7 or 8 day trek in the Kiulu valley in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. The area has a great mix of jungle trekking and waterfall mixed in with small settlements that can be passed on route. The view of Mount K on a clear morning is very inspiring.
All adventure groups will be involved in a SCUBA diving conservation program in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.  The team will spend 3 or 4 days doing their PADI Open Water diving qualification followed by 1 or 2 days of underwater clean up.  During this time they will live on their very own paradise island from where the diving is carried out. 
Alpha 9 (l-r): Johnny, John, Helen and Claire
Once the PMs had found out which projects they would be working on, they spent a day reading up on their project briefs, filling out paperwork and packing, before setting off on their project planning visits at the crack of dawn on Sunday. The whole Field Base team was up to wave them off, and judging by their faces in the pictures below, I’d say they were pretty excited about getting going!


Anonymous said...

Dear James Mclean 11B Alfa 5, James everyone's photos always look so happy, good luck with your water feed, and your trekking, looks very exciting. hope you managed to get the parcel for the kindergarden when you got back. Off to join Grandad at the hospital, he's been well looked after by the older ladies in the rehab home, lots of love Mumxx

Abby said...

To Lovely Paula,

You got Maliangin..!!!!
Seriously jealous that you will be spending the next three months in paradise. Have an amazing time lady.

Big hi to Helen,James and Yo and give Mac a big fat "MEH" from me.
Missing you and the Borneo times.

blinddrew said...

Wahey! Finally a picture of Rob, i was beginning to think it was all a wind up and you were just having a cheeky week off!

Anonymous said...

Kate! This all looks very exciting! Alpha 3 eh? Loving the pic of you and your team - you look so happy :-).

Glad you're having a super awesome time - missing you loads!!!!

Take care, have loads of fun and take more photos, we're loving them over here!

Lots of love from "Newbs" xxxxxxxx

Ginette said...


Happy birthday on Wednesday.

We are all avidly following the blog of this adventure.
... hope the mosquitoes don't like you too much.
Looking forward to our next skype update

lots of love

Anonymous said...

Paula, joe treacy here...SO SO lovely to see photos of all that I know.. SO jealous of your island times.. That would have been LOVELY for me..
Tell James I am happy he got a trek group!! All is well here in Dublin..hopefully going to south america with Mandeep. My grandad is really sick at the moment, took a few strokes over xmas so decided not to go skiing. Not looking to good at the moment. If you need anything from Europe.. I will gladly send a parcel. Oh have you read the next book from a girl with a dragon tatoo? AMAZING..
Lots and lots of irish love,

P.s Hello to Rory! XX

Fi Jeffery said...

RORY BATT ALPHA 3. alright cuz!! just to let you know i am thinking of you and enjoying very much seeing the pics of you on the blog, sounds like your phase is gonna be amazing, nearly as good as Alpha Woo, almost.
I know you wont be able to reply to this but please get in touch as soon as/whenever you can to let me know your alive and have not removed your thumb/peranged a bees nest/swum in the river with the village chief in your boxers.
Miss you so much, jealous your back in Borneo, as soon as you return we need to rendez-vous.
I am living and working in France now in Toulouse so if ever you fancy a visit let me know!! LOVE YOU HAVE AN AMAZING PHASE. Fifi xxxx Ps. i love your rosy glow, still.xxxx

Anonymous said...

To Shaun Washington - Alpha 1
Wow the expedition looks so exciting. Very proud of you and all of your colleagues. What a fasb opportunity to de some much needed and really great work. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Love and miss you loads, Julie, Hannah & Jack xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

To Charlotte Dickson Alpha 7-
Hey Dickie Dickie Dickson, Hope you're having an amazing time all the photos of you look so much fun and you look quite the thing in your jungle gear. I bet you find all the trekking pretty easy after the intense walking experience you had from doing our silver duke of edinburgh. Happy happy happy birthday for saturday, the big 19 I hope you are having a big party jungle style for the big day. Lots of love dickie I will keep track of all your photos give a big thumbs up in the next one. xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Charlotte Dickson alpha 7
AAAAAAAA Dickie Dickson how are you? Thankyou so much for your message georgie and i are missing you EVEN more if thats possible. You sound like you are having the most amazing time how are the sandals treating you? ha. We all have so much to ctach up on i cant wait to see you. Georgie and i are are having an amazing time crusing along the coast in georgies shexy car gosh it is embrassing as it seriously struggles up hills!! It is cradcking me up writing on your blog starting with alpha it reminds me of CCF alfa foxtrot charlie haha.
Love and missing you loads all my love RoseXXXXXXXXXX

Anonymous said...

lieve maus, even een berichtje uit het warme spanje.we hebben de berichtjes van je vader en moeder gehoord. wat zal
je veel beleven, goed dat je dit gedaan hebt. ik vertelde het aan brian,hij vond het cool,en vond het geweldig. het lijkt mij eng al die dieren `s nachts, hier gil ik al wanneer er een gekko in huis loopt.veel liefs van opa en oma.

Anonymous said...

maurits van rhijn alpha 4 wat leuk je op de foto's te zien.we zijn erg trots op je. hoe vindt je het van dat oude wijfie(je oma clock) die op haar tenen moet gaan staan om jou een kus te geven,dat ze een berichtje naar je kan sturen,terwijl ze niets snapt van techniek.Je 1ste periode zit er nu op.wat een ervaringen,ben benieuwd naar al je verhalen.hou je haaks, je doet nu ervaringen en indrukken op die je je hele leven niet meer vergeet.als ik jonger was wist ik het wel!.was je pittig hapje komkommer met pindakaas en sambal? maus geniet ervan en werk ze,dat hoort er ook bij. heel veel liefs oma en natuurlijk de groeten van opa. tot de volgende brief.