Weaving Hope for the Future

Gray clouds blanketed Palangka Raya that morning, as we drove 20 minutes from the city center to the village of Kereng Bangkirai in the nearby Sebangau District. Getting out of the car, we crossed a rickety walkway over the peat-swamp to a small wooden house, propped up on stilts above the black water. Women’s laughter […]

Learning Culture with the Spirit of Isen Mulang

They came on motorbikes, pulling up to meet us in a Palangka Raya City Park. These five young people — Prilicia, Fani, Dian, Hasyim, and Glen — are students from the University of Palangka Raya, each an awardee of the Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) by Orang Utan Republik Foundation the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) Indonesia. […]

Popy’s Adventure #3

POPY’S ADVENTURE #3 POPY MEETS OBO As sunlight fell through cracks in the trees and the morning’s dew began to evaporate, Popy and her mother prepared to leave the nest they had slept in last night. With Popy holding on tight to his mother’s body, the two started swinging from tree to tree in search […]

Popy’s Adventure #2

POPY BUILDS A NEST As the sun continued its westward crawl and the day’s colours slowly began to fade, Popy and her mother picked out a tree to sleep in. “Popy, we have to choose a different tree every day to sleep,” said Popy’s mother, tugging at the twigs and leaves to form a nest […]

Talking about the smoke and forest fires in Sebangau Ranger-style

Written by Dinora (BNF’s Education Staff) Forest fires and smoke feel like a routine disaster in Borneo. Since July 2019, Palangka Raya and other cities have been smothered by smoke. Drought and a long history of land mismanagement are the main causes of fire on peatland. Burning, which is often carried out for economic reasons, […]

Bring the rainforest into a classroom through education

Written by Petricia A. Hutasoit (BNF education staff) Nowadays environmental education is needed to be taught from an early age because environmental issues cannot be underestimated, we still remember the haze in 2015 that make a big impact for the environment, socio-economic, and health.  We don’t want it will happen again in the future, so […]

Planting the trees for a new hope

Written by Petricia A. Hutasoit During the last 2 months, Anak Sabangau Education Program initiated by BNF has done some activities at the new pondok in Kereng Bangkirai village. The pondok consists of two small temporary lodges in an open area with some trees around. Because Anak Sabangau has thematic enviromental education every month, we […]

Learning by doing in the forest

Written by Petricia A. Hutasoit (BNF’s Education Staff) Last month, the Education Programme, Anak Sabangau, learned about the importance of biodiversity, while learning about the tree species and animals that live in the Sabangau forest. At the end of the lessons, the Education Team brought Anak Sabangau to visit CIMTROP’s LAHG Camp to have firsthand […]

Culture exchange through letters

Written by Petricia Andini Hutasoit (BNF’s Education staff) Happy New Year everyone! 2017 was a great year for the Education Programme and 2018 is looking like it will be awesome. New year, new hope, new activities for the Education Programme, especially Anak Sebangau (meaning ‘Children of the Sebangau Forest’). Anak Sabangau is starting out their activities […]