The trip of Ernst and part of his family to the rainforest in Kalimantan (Indonesian part of Borneo) last July 2022 encouraged us to participate in the rainforest conservation project Long
The project is called LONG SAM like the area and includes the protected areas Wehea with 22,000 hectares, Lesan with 13,000 hectares and the Wildlife Rescue Centre with 45 hectares. Initial talks are already underway for another area Meroq with 53,000 hectares.
A cooperation with fansfornature e.V., the legal Indonesian organisation Hutan Masa Depan and the Indonesian NGO CAN Indonesia.
Read here how we have been working together with fansfornature e.V. for over a year and what support we need in the future for sustainable solutions in Kalimantan.
Since April 2021
Universe connected us with orang utan guardian angel Helmut Huber from Aldersbach/ Bavaria, who has been actively involved in the protection of the tropical rainforest in Borneo and its animal species since 1995 with his association Fans for Nature e.V.
Among other numerous projects, his association has been supporting COP Centre of orang utan protection with an orang utan sponsorship programme. The sponsorship benefits orang utans and all other animals in the sanctuaries and helps in the fight to preserve their habitats.
On behalf of chanceforchange e.V., our kids have chosen Popi as their sponsored orang utan
Popi is a female about 4 years old, currently at the rainforest school in Merasa, a village in Kalimantan/ Indonesia, very active and full of life.
After the three-year rainforest school, Popi's next stop is the 'University Island' near the village, where she can put her learned skills into practice in a protected environment.
After that, she will be taken to a protected rainforest, far from poachers, and hopefully be able to live a normal life in freedom with other conspecifics.
Thank you to our supporters who make this sponsorship possible and thus make a small contribution to climate protection.
Since July 2022:
The artist group Bali Five gives 30% of the proceeds from each artwork sale to the protection of the rainforest in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo.
The Long Sam Project was founded in 2021 by Helmut Huber (fans for nature e.V.), Linus Kristianto (CAN Borneo) and Hans-Joachim Schmid (Hutan Masa Depan).
The vision is to bring economic, animal and environmental protection into harmony with the local population.
The rainforest essentially prevents the release of CO2. Depending on the density, between 170 and 250 tonnes per hectare. On average, 200 tonnes are expected. Fans for nature e.V. is currently
responsible for 62,000 hectares and thus binds 12.4 million tonnes of CO2. These figures could be doubled if additional financial resources were available.
In order to be legally represented in Indonesia, the Indonesian registered association Hutan Masa Depan was founded. Two representatives of fans for nature e.V. are board members.
In addition, there are cooperations with other NGOs and close links to local and national government agencies.
chanceforchange e.V. is happy to be part of the Long Sam project. Only recently, part of the family visited the Long Sam areas in Kalimantan.
Climate protection needs long-term, reliable partnerships, like with Fans for Nature e.V., Can Borneo, Hutan Masa Depan, Bali Five and last but not least - your support.
The proceeds of the art sales from the exhibition of 3100 € will be used for a solar panel installation in Camp Lesan. We will keep you informed about further projects in Kalimantan.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a piece of art by the artist group Bali Five.
Long Sam is a term from the Dajak language and describes the area in which Fans for Nature e.V. works.
The area of activity consists of three sub-areas: Rescue Centre, Wehea Release Centre, Reforestation Area.
The release centre is located on the Kelay River and can only be reached by boat from Merasa - a Dajak village.
There are several large cages where the animals can live in a species-appropriate way. There is also a veterinarian with a small infirmary.
Wehea can be reached by off-road vehicle after a drive of several hours. The animals are released there when they come out of the rescue centre. This is done under control and with the help of
rangers. In the reforestation area, the seedlings are nurtured and grown. Afterwards they are planted accordingly.
The only road to Wehea was destroyed by heavy rains. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to help use an excavator. This is a great help for the locals who are repairing the road so that it is passable again.
Thanks to the proceeds from the sales of Bali-Five's artwork, we were able to finance solar panels for Lesan Camp.
The villagers of the Long Sam area often have power cuts and sometimes no electricity for days.
We hope to have provided a better power supply in Lesan Camp for everyday life and in case of emergency.
In Long Sam, Ernst and his family still saw a lot of lush green, hardly any animals and, unfortunately, 200-year-old felled trees, kilometre-long palm oil plantations and hurried oil transporters.
The last habitat of the wild animals living there is in danger.
But one solution is the Wildlife Rescue Centre on site, which has only existed since 2021 and is therefore still expandable.
Due to deforestation and slash-and-burn, wildlife habitat in Kalimantan has been reduced by about 30 percent. Some species are now threatened with extinction. Fortunately, there are now a few
orangutan rescue centres, but hardly any sites that care for endangered animals such as the Sunda pangolin, helmeted hornbill, sun bear and gibbons.
The Wildlife Rescue Centre captures these animals and cares for them until they are gently reintroduced into a protected area.
In order for these animals to continue to have a place of refuge at the Wildlife Rescue Centre and for the vet and her team to continue to work sustainably, they need financial support. Below is a short video showing the work of the Wildlife Rescue team.
On the right you can see the young people who have chosen to live and work in the rainforest at the Wildlife Rescue Center:
Young Indonesians born to work in the Wildlife Rescue Centre. From top left to bottom right
Flora is the vet at the rescue centre and is responsible for the health and well-being of the rescued animals.
Yoel is a trained wildlife-ranger at the rescue centre. He takes care of the
cleanliness and food for the animals.
Juria is the good soul at the rescue centre. She takes care of the logistics in the kitchen and the food for the team at the rescue centre.
Dandianus Cau is also a trained wildlife-ranger at the rescue centre. He assists Yoel in cleaning the cages, feeds the animals and helps Flora with the examinations of the animals.
Their passion and commitment to this job cannot be taken for granted - but they are the jobs of the future that can make a difference in the long term and are therefore definitely worth supporting.
We hope to find more good people in Bali and Kalimantan with a sustainable vision, strong will and talent to create jobs with a future - the chanceforchange formula and our guiding principle for the future.
We asked the vet Flora if they had any special wishes that chanceforchange could fulfil in the future - as a result, we received a long wish list. The rescue centre has only existed since 2021
and accordingly there are still some things to optimise.
Here are a few explanations of their most urgent wishes:
Blood tests, for example, are part of the routine checks that should be carried out on the animals. So far, the Indonesian organisation CAN carries out the blood tests at the clinical laboratory in Tanjung Redeb, which is about 30 minutes away by boat and another 2 hours by car. Several times, samples could not be examined because they were damaged during the journey. Laboratory material would make the work much easier.
So would steel boxes to ensure that medical equipment and medicines are free of termites, which are common in the tropical climate.
Currently, a helmeted hornbill also has problems on its right wing. X-rays are needed to diagnose the problem so that proper treatment can be given.
Furthermore, a follow-up examination of the gibbon Nino, who was diagnosed with Hepatitis B, is unfortunately urgently needed. Further tests are needed in a special laboratory to determine the virus strain. The wish list includes the costs for the test including a plane ticket to bring the sample from the gibbon to the island of Java.
All not so easy ... but together we can make the team's work easier and contribute to the protection of biodiversity.
Below is the price list of the errands.
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In May 2022, we were invited to the first Biopori installation in Taro/ Gianyar village.
Biopori is a simple and low-cost system (about 4 €/set) to prevent flooding and to dispose of organic waste and food waste by oneself in order to reduce the amount of organic waste in landfills.
All you need is a 1 m long tube with a diameter of 10 cm and a cap with holes.
Organic and food waste can be put into the tube and will turn into compost after about 3 months.
The compost can remain in the Biopori or be used for private use in the garden.
Installation is simple.
Pak Darma (in the photo collage above) in Gianyar used to work exclusively for tourism in Bali and started selling biopori for fun during the pandemic, now he does it professionally.
Thanks to our supporters, we are able to support Taro village with 480 Biopori kits.
The organisation MPH (Merah Putih Hijau) knows Taro very well from their trainings on waste management in the last two years and will visit and train the households regularly.
We keep our fingers crossed that the villagers will accept Biopori well. Their interest and will are already there.