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This is the place to get a real insight into our projects on the ground. Meet our volunteers, communities and staff who are working together to create lasting, positive change.

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It’s International Day of Biological Diversity – a day to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues. Sabah is home to some of the greatest biodiversity and ecosystems in the world. The heart of Borneo alone has 10 times the biodiversity of the Netherlands, with three new species being discovered every month.

Parallel to the issues being faced around the world, areas of land across Sabah are under an ever-increasing threat from human activities such as logging and poaching. For over 30 years, Raleigh Borneo has been working with a variety of conservation areas across Sabah to help protect and restore areas of land. Raleigh Borneo returned to Danum Valley Conservation Area in 2017 to continue to support their environmental efforts.

May 22, 2018

Change starts from within: the desire to alter a current situation. Young people are ready to take ownership of what is happening in the world. They are ready to plan for the future and make a positive impact locally and globally. Young people are full of creativity, innovation and determination. Given the chance, they can be leaders at the heart of global change.

Raleigh expeditions provide unique opportunities to face adventure challenges in some of the most incredible areas of the world. Alongside the community and environmental phases, the Adventure Leadership Trek phase equips young people with the skills, confidence and experiences they need to be empowered, effective and energetic partners and leaders in development.

April 18, 2018

The act of handwashing - a simple yet effective method of preventing the spread of potentially harmful bacteria from insufficient hygiene practices. Tackling the spread of such bacteria can significantly reduce the rate of diarrheal illness in communities and mean less days missed from work or school and a better quality of life.

In the final week of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in Kampung Teliduson, the Raleigh volunteers took on the task of running an awareness raising session for the children in the community all about handwashing at key times and how to stay well in the fight against germs.

April 12, 2018

Raleigh Borneo’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects aim to provide an increased access to reliable, clean and safe water, and improved sanitation facilities. We often forget that while the project is being undertaken, volunteers will experience the same limited access to water and sanitation for the time they are there. While it is a daily reality for many people living in rural communities in Sabah, for the short period of time the volunteers are on the project, this will be the first time they have experienced such conditions.

In recognition of World Water Day, volunteer Ben talks about his experience of volunteering within a community with limited access to water and sanitation.

March 22, 2018

It’s World Water Day – A day to focus on the importance of water. Limited access to safe water and poor hygiene practices affect millions, causing poor health and stopping people from attending school or work. Our vision is to put young people right at the heart of safe water, sanitation and good hygiene.

March 22, 2018

After nine-weeks of sustainable enterprise training, 16 young entrepreneurs from communities in the Heart of Borneo are ready to launch their new green businesses.

March 21, 2018
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