ImageStory of orangutan island, Subud guest and Hanafi houses, YUM school, Busch home, Palangkaraya town, YTS offices and local community project.Kalimantan Adventures: Beyond Rungan Sari
Our first visit to Borneo, August - October, 2012. Outside the Rungan Sari (RS) compound.
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The ‘haze time’ of the year when villagers burn off the landscape to make open space for rice planting. The haze is so heavy that plane flights in and out of Palangkaraya are often cancelled.
Two kilometres from Rungan Sari is the BOS (Borneo Orangutan Survival) Foundation Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Centre. BOS rents the main floor of Viktor Böhm’s house in RS, and Viktor accompanies me on the short motorbike ride thru Tenkiling to Sei Gohong village where Suryadi takes us on an hour ride around the orangutan island. Viktor and I visit the PCB Guest House, managed by Bachtiar, and the house built by Hanafi Troncellitti (God bless him). Also a Dayak bone house. We return to Rungan Sari via the sandy trail which drops us in Eco Village.
Up the side road from RS is the YUM (Yayasan Usaha Mulia) school and library, teaching English and computer skills, managed by Rusdi & Mirawati Noor with teachers Laksmi & Erpan. Near the school is the home of Pak Busch Muhammad who handles vistors’ visas and runs the village hardware shop.
Palangkaraya town is 36 km from RS. We visit a medical clinic and druggist, bank, travel agency and the largest supermarket Sendy’s. Also, the home of my motorbike provider Lesy Tandang & family.
YTS (Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta), the community development project directed by Bardolf Paul, shares offices in town with the PT Kalimantan Surya Kencana (KSK) mineral exploration. Among YTS staff are technical director Sumali Agrawal, Rosali Meepaibul, Vita, Elsie, Lia, Horma and Eko.
A local YTS project is about 6 km from RS, where Sumali teaches villagers how to create very high-grade charcoal in an earth dug kiln with wood vinegar distilled to aid plant growing. An enterprise of these villagers is palm raising, and nearby is a local co-op making tin pans.
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Bertina and Noel Busch - Honora and Dahlan Foah - Alexandra and Peter ter Horst - Christine Szepesi
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Rashidah and Stephan Solat - Murtado, Sofia and Rusdi Bustillo - Aminah and Rachman Ulmer
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MichŹle von Royk-Lewinski (Germany-Australia) - Arifah and Latif Sulac (France) - Emmanuel Elliott (UK)
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