First impressions of Kampung Teliduson: “To be able to have access to clean safe water will be life changing”

5th March 2018

Our Volunteer Managers went on their project planning visits to gain a better understanding of their projects and to begin building relationships with communities and project partners.

Volunteer Project Manager Cazz shares her initial experiences and impressions of the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) project in Kampung Teliduson.

Kampung Teliduson is a small village spread out along a valley by a steep hill. There are almost 300 people living here with some 27 houses in the village. There are lots of children and teenagers as well as older members of the community with one of the oldest members in the community being born in 1944.

Children playing in the village.
Children playing in the village.

A rocky track connects Kampung Teliduson via Kampung Buruni – a village where Raleigh has previously installed a water supply and toilets. The villagers told us they were excited about the work we are planning on doing here. They explained that they have seen first-hand how the past Raleigh project in Kampung Buruni have positively impacted the lives of the community.

The community are very welcoming despite the fact that the communication with the villagers is limited because they speak Malay and two other local dialects, Dusun and Lingkabau, but not a lot of English!. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the community throughout our stay – nothing was too much trouble for them.

Member of the community washing plates in the river.
Member of the community washing plates in the river.

Our days on our project planning visit were focused on building relationships with the community and building an initial understanding about the work we are going to be undertaking over the next three weeks. We learned that the community currently relies on rainwater for drinking and cleaning with which they collect in tanks. As well as this, the community use water from rivers and streams. The community explained that when the rivers and streams dry up and there is no rain they have to rely on buying bottled water from the nearest town which has to be thought of in advance.

We are aiming to build a gravity fed water system to supply the community with a reliable, clean and safe water source.. We are also planning to collaboratively hold some awareness raising sessions in the community focusing on sanitation, health and hygiene. On our project planning visit we took a look at the water source where we plan to create a dam to funnel water into pipes to reach the village.

Living in the village for just three days we could see how hard it is for a lot of the villagers to collect water. The project Raleigh Borneo will be undertaking in Kampung Teliduson will change the lives of the community members. Back home, we take our access to water for granted. For this community to be able to have access to clean safe water will make a significant difference to their lives. The intended impact is for better health from a safer source, and an improved quality of life and productivity from a reliable supply.

(Left to right) Maddy, Francesca and Cazz.
(Left to right) Maddy, Francesca and Cazz.

Cazz will be in Kampung Teliduson for the next three weeks to help kick start work on the six-week project. She will be joined by two other Volunteer Project Managers as well as seven volunteers for the first stage of the project.

Team going to Kampung Teliduson for the next three weeks. Back row (left to right) Michael, Henry, Dan, Maddy, Charles, Katie, Shriya Front row (left to right) Francesca, Anthony, Cazz
Team going to Kampung Teliduson for the next three weeks.
Back row (left to right) Michael, Henry, Dan, Maddy, Charles, Katie, Shriya
Front row (left to right) Francesca, Anthony, Cazz

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Words by Volunteer Project Manager Cazz and Communications Officer Rebecca Raab.

Photography by Volunteer Project Managers Cazz, Maddy and Francesca.

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