Updates from phase 1

31st October 2014

Today 31st October the groups are returning from their project sites, around Sabah.  We will catch up with them and deliver your messages that you have sent through the blog or by post.

Over the next 3 days, the groups will be reallocated to new teams and continue with some more training and redeploy to their project sites on the 3rd November.

Below is a brief account of what the teams have been up to thus far...

Abingkoi (Alpha 1)

Completed the installation of a gravity fed water system and sanitation units ending their phase with an opening ceremony.  They have completed an important element of a WASH programme and have enjoyed the hospitality of the community in which they were living. 

Maliau Basin (Alpha 3)

Working on the trail from their main camp to a satellite camp 7km into the rainforest.  They finished they phase with a 3day trek to Ginseng Falls and had a great time enjoying the remoteness and beauty of the rainforest.

Biodiversity survey, coupe 1 (Alpha 4)

They have completed a new trail, camped out in the jungle in order to rise early in the morning and do a gibbon survey.  This entails listening out to the call of the gibbon and triangulating the call and so narrowing down where they family of gibbons may live.

Dive/Adventure leadership (Alpha 5)

They completed there trek in the rainforest of Long Pasia spending their final night in a homestay with the families of Long Pasia, a muich welcomed experience and rest for all after the trek

Adventure Leadership/Dive (Alpha 6)

They have been on Mamutik Island and those that took their PADI Open water course have passed and completed their week on the island with Project AWARE and coral planting, in the bid to preserve the reefs and ecosystems of the ocean.

 "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream. Discover" - Mark Twain