Thursday, August 16, 2007
There will be no rest for the wicked - they will go straight into a couple of days of jungle training about an hour outside of KK and will then be given their tasks to do for the challenge and the final race.....more on that when it happens.
For now, I'll just put up a few photos of some of the groups I managed to visit on my travels during phase two.
Then I moved on to spend a few days with Foxtrot 2 who had been busy with the ground work for the gravity water system whilst waiting for the materials to arrive.....they had also arranged to do teach various subjects at the primary school. They have the best view - the house they are staying in looks right over onto Mount Kinabalu.
Friday, August 3, 2007
It has been an intensive 2 weeks for the guys and gals of
challenging for others,
And downright gut churning for a few.
Picked up from the airport, the group was whisked off to the Jungle Training camp in Tamparuli (called TAC, Traverse Activity Centre) for 4 days of intensive Jungle Training and induction.
It’s Day Four in the Big Borneo Household and the groups are settling into their daily routine of camp chores, back breaking hard work and fun and games.
So where are they?
Foxtrot 1 and 2 - Gravity Water Feed Systems (Kg Himbaan & Kg Lagkau)
Working in partnership with the local parliamentary representative and sponsored by Coca Cola, it is intended to construct/refurbish two gravity water supply systems. Currently many of the communities in the Ranau District are lacking any form of water supply – it is usually collected from rainfall into large tanks or drums or carried from distant water courses. Ranau is a large district which includes
The community of Himbaan supplies a large number of local men and women as guides or porters on Mt Kinabalu and as such they are used to being around/working with westerners. However this will be the first team within the village itself. The community is a mixture of Muslim and Christian with approximately 80 households. They work the surrounding land growing a variety of vegetables which are sold in the market at Kundasang.
Project Managers: Tim Kelly and Kennis Ngai
Participants: George Allen, Kirsty Dolphin, Emily Dunne, Erin Hopkins,
Foxtrot 2 will be based in the
Project Managers: Paul Schofield and Marie Turke
Participants: Barnaby Blackburn, Brian Chan Quo-Jern, Catherine Chapman, Laura Chellingworth, Emily Howells, Ka Png Man, Tessa Montague, Jenna Pickering, Sam Roberts, Suraj Vadgama, Maria Walley
Foxtrot 3 - School Refurbishment (Kampong Kalampun)
Lead by the dynamic duo of our very own Host Country Participant co-ordinator Mia, and Nurse Naomi, the team will be working with PACOS Trust (a grass roots community based charity assisting remote indigenous communities to improve their quality of life) to refurbish the small community pre-school building in Kg Kalampun in Keningau District. This project is sponsored by The Body Shop.
Most rural and remote communities survive by subsistence farming and some rubber tapping to earn a small income. The team will live in the centre of the village in their community hall and will be fully immersed in the Kadazan Dusun way of life. This will involve traditional dancing and the team will have the opportunity to see and experience life in a rural village at first hand.
PACOS Trust works in over 20 communities across
Project Managers: Mia Meara and Naomi Haskins
Participants: Alex Alimo, Patrick Clark, Hannah Dixon, Sophie Furse, Juliana Georgiou-Lormand, Siobhan Grier, Charles Mintowt-Czyz, Sheena Rakhra, Hannah Rattew, Benjamin Rozitis, Deep Shah
Foxtrot 4 – Eco Lodge Batu Puteh
Working with a small local community cooperative, the Raleigh International jungle SWAT team will assist in finishing off an ambitious eco lodge project. It is hoped that the eco lodge will be the key to raising income in this poor and remote rural community, increase the economic value of a depleted forest resource, and, in the process, raise funds to support the protection and restoration of the last remaining wetland forests and wildlife of the area.
Built on the edge of a large oxbow lake formed by the former course of the mighty
This is a very ambitious and exciting project which has taken many years meticulous planning and it is only now that the community are starting to realise their dream.
The group will live in an environmentally sound jungle camp (the skeleton structure seen here) by the banks of the
The team will assist local tradesmen with finishing off the lodge, develop trails and bird hides as well as help the local community in its continual battle to rid the oxbow lake of an invasive weed called Salvinia. This is an exciting project, combining a unique environmental location with the interaction of a traditional community.
Project Managers: Sara Grinstead, Chris Stubbs
Participants; Kallie Bladon, Michelle Bullock, Felicity Carter, Derek Dunne, David Holden-White, Will Hopkinson, Morwenna Howell, Aisling Jootun, Joseph Scales, Amanda Stec, Sin Hang (Cyrus) Wong
Foxtrot 5 – Kinasolodon – Eco Tourism
Kinosolodon is a small community on the edge of the
Working with representatives of the local community, the project team will assist in trying to further establish a community mini tourism project. Following on from an already established home-stay facility in the village itself, the community are trying to develop a small traditional rest house with surrounding trails. The rest house is half way up the new road into the
Project Managers: Ellen Hodgkiss and Simon Baguely
Participants: Calum Ashurst, Jennifer Best,Charlotte Bishop, Nathan Goodby, Miranda Holmes, Edward Lamaison, Nicole Meaney, Will Parrott, Charlotte Tanner, Carra Williams