Friday, 2 September 2011

Alphas 1 and 2 celebrate success

As Expedition 11D draws to a close and the groups savour the last moments on their projects, Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 this week celebrated the completion of their work.

Alpha 1

In Sonsogon Magandai, a remote village in northern Sabah, Alpha 1 proudly unveiled the completed kindergarten, which will serve 36 children aged four to 10.  After eight weeks' hard work by three separate groups of Raleigh volunteers, and in close cooperation with the villagers and local craftsmen, the result is a fine-looking which will transform the lives of those who will be educated there.

Raleigh Country Director, Mac McCarthy, together with Lee, Sarah and Paula from the Field Base team headed to the village to attend the kindergarten's opening ceremony.  They were joined by Sister Dorothy Laudi and Asian Forestry Company (AFC), who have been the driving forces behind this initiative.

There were speeches from the Alpha 1 team, the villagers and the guests,

before PM Caroline was thrilled to be able to hand over the keys to the head villager,

and officially declare the kindergarten open.

Then it was time for the celebrations to begin, with traditional dancing,

and games with the children, to remind everyone why this project was so important.

And so the visitors bade farewell to Alpha 1, leaving them to savour their last few days in this special place.

Alpha 2

On Maliangin Island, the project was to rebuild a gravity water feed system, increasing the pressure to an adequate level for the two houses it already supplied and extend it to the rest of the small island community.

On arrival on the island, the Field Base team were given a guided tour of the  new system, from source, to storage, to tap.

It was then time to officially open the system, to the assembly of villagers.

Many congratulations to both Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 for all their hard work across all three phases of this expedition.  These projects will make an enormous difference to both communities for years to come.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Expedition 11i is over!

After five short weeks, Expedition 11i is now over.  The venturers are all packed and waiting for their flights home, and we hope they leave with a feeling of pride for all that they have achieved.

The first three weeks of the expedition saw the completion of two gravity water feeds, serving communities in the poorest region of Sabah.  

Alpha 7 were based in Kampung Bambangan Sook, and built a new gravity water system from scratch.


 Alpha 8 rebuilt an existing, poorly functioning system for Kampung Mandurian Laut.

Our environmental projects resulted in a comprehensive bio-diversity survey completed by Alpha 9, who recorded various species including birds, bats, rats and cats.

 And then there was Alpha 10, working in the Taliwas Forest Reserve to build a section of boardwalk to help facilitate an increase in visitors to this area of spectacular rainforest.

And finally, there was the Adventure Challenge, which tested the teams with a range of jungle-based activities.  Using strength and skill the teams gathered points to determine an ultimate winner.

So, goodbye 11i!  Well done for all your hard work - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!