Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Projects
Raleigh Borneo, alongside the project partners and community members, has successfully built three toilets spread across the village and two large rainwater collection tank sites at either end of the village.
Volunteer Project Manager Aziz was in Kampung Tikalod for six weeks of expedition. He explains, “The community were so happy to have had us there. We have built everything alongside them. To ensure lasting change a WASH committee was set up. The elders of the village got together. They have set up between them that they will regularly check the guttering and maintain it.”
Aziz continues by saying, “One of the main effects of the project is increased hygiene because the more access to water they have, the more consistently they can wash their hands and their plates and their cooking equipment because water isn’t such a scarce resource.”
Awareness raising sessions were run alongside the project to foster increased understanding of sanitation and germs. “It is not just about us going in to the community and providing them with what we did – it is more than that. It is about the younger generation growing up having the knowledge and facilities and it becomes a norm and then the next generation growing up wanting to aspire for other things like electricity. It is a process of change that happens over generations not just now.”
Recognition and thanks for making the project in Kampung Tikalod possible goes to Logistics Coordinator Eliz and our project partners AFCS and Coca-Cola.
The project in Kampung Teliduson successfully built a dam, laid three kilometres of piping down to 27 houses, built a rainwater collection tank site and a handwashing site at the school.
Volunteer Project Manager Maddy, who was in Kampung Teliduson for the whole six-week project explains, “The people were just so gracious and the gratitude they showed was just overwhelming. They have actually got water now and that means the absolute world to them. It’s not having to worry about it. It’s not having to trek for an hour to carry water back down to the village. Applying for support from Raleigh is the way the community have to do things in order to get what they need. They don’t have the money, they don’t have the resources, they don’t have the man power.”
Similarly to Kampung Tikalod, a WASH committee was set up to ensure lasting sustainable change. Maddy explains, “The WASH maintenance committee was set up and led by the community. We helped them to think of scenarios and how they would overcome any issues so they were prepared.”
The project received lots of interest from the community members of Kampung Teliduson and the neighbouring village of Kampung Buruni, a previous Raleigh Borneo project site. Maddy says, “People from the Teliduson and the neighbouring village came to help us. Six of the boys applied to be Host Country Volunteers on the next Raleigh Borneo expedition because they want to help other people.”
Recognition and thanks for making the project in Kampung Teliduson possible goes to our project partners PACOS and Coca-Cola, and the community for working alongside and welcoming the volunteers into their community.
Natural Resource Management Projects
Danum Valley is an ongoing project which Raleigh Borneo has been supporting since 2011 . All of the projects are working towards helping Danum Valley apply for World Heritage Site status. Achieving this would mean the land is protected from future deforestation and poaching.
This expedition the Raleigh Borneo volunteers have been working with the staff at Danum Valley on a number of projects including the construction on the rhino pool gazebo, suspension bridge and ongoing tracking of animals through camera traps.
Volunteer Project Manager Jenny was in Danum Valley for six weeks. She explains, “The rhino pool is a midpoint stopping point for researchers on the track. We were helping to make it an established camp for researchers. We have managed to complete all of the work we set out to do on the rhino pool this expedition.”
Raleigh Borneo volunteers have continued work on the suspension bridge. Jenny explains, “The suspension bridge is about creating a loop for researchers and tourists because currently the track is one way. It will make everything more accessible to everyone. It makes it easier for everyone including the staff who are working there and even the animals living there. The river is the boundary between the secondary and primary rainforest. At the moment, the animals can only cross to the other side when the water is low. The suspension bridge would allow them to cross over whenever they wanted.”
Finally, volunteers helped with the ongoing monitoring and data collection through camera trapping. Jenny states, “The camera traps are looking at finding out which animals are in the area and the movements of those animals. Part of it is looking to understand what they animals are doing, which of them are in the area and at which times. Another part of it is the staff are working with the local palm oil plantations to look at corridors between palm oil plantations which the animals move through.”
Recognition and thanks for making the project in Danum Valley possible goes to the rangers at Danum Valley Field Centre in particular Lito, Nelke and Vince.
Raleigh Borneo volunteers were working alongside the staff and rangers at the Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) to help restore an area of deforested palm oil land. Volunteer Project Manager Cazz explains, “We are growing the jungle. The whole place is a haven. Our aim was to help restore the canopy of the rainforest by planting trees. We were also planting trees along the trail and helping in the nursery with the transplanting and moving of seedlings from their smaller polybags to larger polybags so they can grow even more. We were also helping with the tagging of previously planted trees to help with the monitoring of their growth.”
The volunteers successfully planted hundreds trees during their time at TRCRC and also helped massively behind the scenes in the nursery. Cazz explains, “The project is ongoing. The focus is on building up the canopy and the trail area still needs more work.”
Recognition and thanks for making the project in TRCRC possible goes to the rangers in particular Andy and Sally.
Words by Communications Officer Rebecca Raab.
Photographs by Photographer Daniel Buttifant.
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