More Community Project at Kiulu

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INTRODUCING THE BANANA CIRCLE

Filipa Ramos Gomes hails from Portugal and attached to University of Applied Science in Kempten, Germany has completed her internship on ecotourism with BEST Society for a duration of two months. It was indeed a pleasure to have her with us and her stay in Kiulu has definitely been one of the many highlights for the local folks! During her internship period, she introduced the Banana Circle process to the members of MUKEST. The Banana Circle is a permaculture technique to grow fine fruit and root vegetable crops whilst using up excess water and organic wastes.

This process serves as a greywater treatment system which can be applied by households there. It was an eye-opening experience for all of us as there was no proper greywater treatment that was put to place prior to this. The session that was held involved hands-on which provided a clearer picture on how it’s being done and a few MUKEST members have shown interest putting theory into practice at their respective homes.

You can read more about Filipa’s efforts by clicking here.

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CHILDREN ACTIVITY IN KIULU

Additionally, Filipa also organized an environmental education program for the children and shared on Sabah’s endangered species and ecosystem among others. The thing that caught our attention most was when they were asked where these species (Borneo elephant, Orang-utan, Sumatran rhinoceros) lived and all of them answered simultaneously: ZOO! At some point, we may all agree because some of these species are in trouble, with many declining at a worrying rate  and therefore kept in zoos or rehabilitation centers. There is no doubt that such program helps the younger generation understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment, builds knowledge and skills necessary to address environmental issues, as well as ways we can take action to keep our environment healthy and sustainable for ourselves and the future generation.

Read more about the Children Activity in Kiulu through Filipa’s perspective by checking out her blog post here.

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SKILLS ENHANCEMENT WORKSHOPS

There was the skill enhancement workshops organized in collaboration with Borneo Eco Tours and INTO College (Sabah), the celebrating of Sustainability Day, an educational trip to Tambatuon’s SRI (System of Rice Intensification) site for MUKEST members, the introduction of locals to permaculture concept which applies the traditional method of farming, incorporating organic farming and agro-forestry as well as sustainable development and applied ecology. Notably, the possibilities for excitement and thrills at Kiulu Farmstay are endless; Quad biking, river tubing and hiking.

Also to be on the lookout for is the upcoming adventure and outdoor obstacles course! Being a community based tourism destination, a couple of residents earn their income as employees of Borneo Eco Tours and several others from part-time tasks. The idea of community based tourism here implies individuals with some kind of collective responsibility, and the ability to make decisions by representative bodies such as MUKEST.

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