Zulu 1: WASH project at Kampung Kobon
Zulu 1 worked on a WASH project in Kampung Kobon, on the northern tip of Sabah. They were continuing Raleigh’s work in the village, extending the existing gravity fed water system so that more of the village benefited from safe water. They also built three new toilets, installed tippy taps, and ran sessions with the community – covering handwashing for the younger children, and Citizen Science sessions with the teenagers.
What are the impacts and outcomes of this?
Zulu 1 worked with the community to help them gain not only the knowledge of how to live in a healthier way, but also helped them to build the tools to do so with new toilets and an improved gravity fed water system. These improvements will lead to better sanitation, and when paired with the accompanying knowledge, the village will benefit from improved health. This will make them more productive, as they will spend less time unwell, and will therefore experience increased resilience and improved economic productivity. This all feeds into alleviating poverty within the village – the ultimate goal.
Dylan, one of our Zulu 1 Host Country Venturers, tells us all about it: “We built three tandas (toilets) in the village, and because of this improved sanitation we’ll have healthier people who can be more productive. We ran WASH sessions as well, which created the awareness people need to lead healthier lives. The bigger impacts are to reduce spread of disease – so people can live longer, happier lives.”
“I really enjoyed the project, and I think we achieved what we set out to do. I think the community will really benefit from what we’ve worked with them to build.”
Zulu 2: WASH Project at Kampung Kalampon
Zulu 2 tackled a WASH project in Kampung Kalampon, concentrating on spreading hygiene awareness, especially with the local primary school and women’s groups. They also extended the gravity fed water system previously installed by Raleigh, so that even more of the village can benefit from safe, accessible water.
Kat, one of our Zulu 2 ventuers, says: “We completed a WASH project focusing on a gravity fed water system, and we also fixed the dam. We replaced the pipes with newer ones with a larger capacity, and connected new tanks. Now, more than half of the village are connected to water. We also ran health and hygiene sessions with children and women of the community. It was awesome. The locals were quite shy to start with, but they came out of their shells as you got to know them.”
Imo says; “Initially the village was reliant on rainwater, and we experienced the same while we were there; we can appreciate how challenging that was for day to day life. It’s meant to be the rainy season, but it’s been so dry this year. We hope by working with the village they’ll see improvements in their water access.”
What were the impacts and outcomes of this?
Kalampon will continue to benefit from improved access to safe water through the expanded gravity fed water system, leading to better health and therefore increased productivity. The hygiene sessions run with the children and women will equip them with the knowledge they need to live healthier lives. Like our Zulu 1 WASH project, this will all result in less disease, better health, and ultimately will help to improve prosperity within the village.
Zulu 3: Natural Resource Management Project at Coupe 1
Zulu 3 were based at the research centre Coupe 1, deep in the Bornean jungle, at one of our NRM projects. They were improving jungle trails to encourage eco-tourism, identifying native tree seedlings as part of a reforestation scheme, and continuing to survey the diverse flora and fauna with the team of forest research scientists. They also set up up mist nets to study birds and bugs, as well as building camera traps to see what other wildlife they could document.
Ellie, one of our Zulu 3 venturers, tells us more about the project: “We were building steps to the Giant Tree – 176 steps in total, which was really hard work. The team working on the steps did so much work and were so proud of their babies! I’ve walked up the steps and can recommend them. My favourite bit was meeting Lisa, Jamari and the interns, they were so much fun. And we all got on so well as a team. We worked hard on the project, improving trails, sieving soil, and documenting all the different species we saw.”
What were the impacts of this?
Through completing all this, the team increased the capacity for replanting activities by adding extra manpower to Coupe 1’s resources. They also helped to improve knowledge of the local fauna through biodiversity surveys. The steps improved access to the Giant Tree for scientists and tourists, making it safer and more accessible to continue learning from it.
The increased knowledge of every one of the Zulu 3 venturers will also create new ambassadors for protecting the world’s natural resources – strengthening conservation efforts in the future.
All of these benefits come down to regenerating the rainforest, and addressing one of the biggest global questions – climate change. Ellie adds; “The long term impacts of the Coupe 1 project come back to stopping deforestation and increasing biodiversity – and therefore helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.”
And of course, all three projects have offered a huge amount to the venturers themselves, not only building their knowledge of sustainable development and conservation, but also in giving them new confidence, leadership and teamwork skills. As a whole, all the projects connect together with complementary aims that aim to inspire further change and contribute to sustainable development across the whole of Sabah.
Words by Emily
Photos by Saoirse
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