Maybe you've already seen it ... the Masarang website is partly renewed.
Masarang's master tapper Nico is already approaching the age of 55, which is the age at which people in Indonesia usually retire. Next to that, the enthusiasm and demand for sugar palms in West-Kalimantan are increasing.
At the end of 2012 we started a project in West Kalimantan to secure the rich plant knowledge of the Dayak for future generations.
At the end of 2012 we have been awarding scholarships and that is a happy occasion.
The employees of Masarang are working hard besides the sugar factory in Tomohon to build a nursery for producing sugar palm seedlings for various projects in Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
At this moment they are working hard in Tasikoki on a new fence for the two male orang utans 'Is' and 'Bento'.
Thanks to a donation from the Otter Foundation, we are working hard in West-Kalimantan to spread the sugar palms. Not only we hope to spread ca. 40000 seedlings, we also train 1000 farmers from 100 Dayak villages.
On the 28th of December, a ceremony was organized in Rurukan around the handing out of new scholarships for more than 100 students that are attending elementary or secondary school. Also some students got a scholarship for college.
November 2012 it finally happed what everybody has hoped for a long time. Cal the female Javan leopard has moved!
Coming months we like you to meet the people that work for Masarang Indonesia. In newsletters and on the website you will get to know the people who are helping Willie.
Early December Willie was in Hong Kong and China to call attention to the nature of Indonesia and the projects of Masarang. This way he creates awareness and involvement in a country that has great impact on this nature.
In November will appear a nice article about Willie's work in Aspire, a magazine of Etihad Airways.
Nearly 10 years ago Masarang in Pulisan (North Sulawesi) fully reforested an area of approximately 80 hectares. On the barren grasslands surrounding it, another 1000 young sugar palms are now planted.
We are facing a food crisis, energy crisis and a climate crisis.
In the past days the Tasikoki team, in cooperation with the local police raided and confiscated numerous endangered animals in North Sulawesi.