|Masarang website updated!|
Maybe you've already seen it ... the Masarang website is partly renewed.
|New project manager sugar palms in West Kalimantan|
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.
|New plant project in West Kalimantan|
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.
|New nursery in Tomohon|
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.
|A new cage for “Is” and “Bento”?!|
At this moment they are working hard in Tasikoki on a new fence for the two male orang utans 'Is' and 'Bento'.
|Otter Foundation project steams ahead.|
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.
|New scholarships for the year 2013|
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.
|Cal, the Javan leopard has moved!|
November 2012 it finally happed what everybody has hoped for a long time. Cal the female Javan leopard has moved!
|Meet Pricilia Agustin Kalumata|
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.
|Hong Kong and the road to China|
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.
|New article about Willie work in magazine Etihad Airways|
In November will appear a nice article about Willie's work in Aspire, a magazine of Etihad Airways.
|Expansion reforestation Pulisan with 1000 sugar palms|
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.
|Presentation People Planet Profit, sugar palm is the future of our world|
We are facing a food crisis, energy crisis and a climate crisis.
|Tasikoki team rescues animals from the illegal trade|
In the past days the Tasikoki team, in cooperation with the local police raided and confiscated numerous endangered animals in North Sulawesi.
|Our donors help the sunbears Binbin and Bonbon!|
In our animal rescue center Tasikoki we take care of the rescue, rehabilitation and release of animals from the illegal wildlife trade. A number of years ago, two baby sun bears were rescued.
|Annual Report 2011 Masarang International |
Masarang International is committed to transparency about revenues, costs and supported projects. The official publication of the report can be viewed by everyone. Some topics that are more fully discussed in the report:
|Young people help save the planet in Borneo|
The last few months Willie Smits has been spending a lot of time in Borneo. He is the leader of a project in which millions of school children across the world keep their eyes on the Indonesian rainforest with satellite images.
|Willie's blog from 12 May 2012 A Sunday at Tembak|
Willie writes about an impressive trip he makes through some primary rainforest in West-Kalimantan, Borneo. He possibly even discovered some new species.
|Sugar Palm Project in West Kalimantan|
With financial support from the Sirtema Foundation, Masarang was able to give five thousand high quality sugar palms to the Dayak in West Kalimantan, including training on the possibilities of the tree and its tapping.
|Blog Willie 10 February 2012|
Willie continues his earlier blog form 24 January and tells about the events with the Dayak in West-Kalimantan.
|The orangutans in animal rescue center Tasikoki get a computer!|
The unique TOUCH project enriches the lives of orangutans in captivity. Also Is and Bento have their own touch screen now.
|Sponsor's money to new waterspring, reforestation and scholarships, read Willie's special report|
Enabled by the donations made through this site we helped the forest and local people. For this a special ceremony was held. Read Willie's special report and see the pictures
|Blog Willie 24 January 2012: the sugar palm gives hope to the Dayak|
Willie reports about his work with the Dayak in West-Kalimantan in order to give them a better future and safe their forests. The sugar palm plays an important role!
|End of year message from Willie, December 2011|
End of the year, time to look back and to see what lies ahead in 2012.
|Update on Masarang activities in Indonesia|
What's going on at Masarang Indonesia? Read more in Willie's report from 23 November 2011.
|Update from WIllie: progress Village Hub project|
Near the Masarang Sugar Factory in Tomohon, Sulawesi, the first Village Hub is built; a pilot project which can be used as a model for the further rollout of the village hub.
|A new transport motorbike for Tasikoki |
Work at Tasikoki will be much easier with the new transport motorbike, which could be bought with the financial support from Masarang in the Netherlands.
|Dutch government interested in sustainable sugar palm |
On behalf of the Dutch Government Research Agency Ecofys has carried out an investigation on the possibilities of the cultivation of the sugar palm. Also field data of the Masarang foundation were collected.
|A new water spring through our reforestation program|
Meeting with the representatives of the farmers of Rurukan about the free use of the new Masarang Mountain spring. The only payment is to help plant more trees and help protect the Masarang forest.
|Request by Willie: help Tartius Timpal!|
We are looking for a sponsor to support Tartius Timpal so he can do PhD research that benefits the local people and the environment.
|Blog Willie: West Kalimantan sugar palms|
Willie writes about his journey through Borneo this September, together with the eco-warriors.
|Latest news on the Masarang sugar palm nurseries|
Thanks to the donation received from Masarang International we were able to upgrade our sugar palm nursery in Tomohon.
|Blog Willie: developments in Sintang, Borneo|
Willie writes about his visit to Sintang, Borneo, an area where he is active for years now, to protect the forest and its animals. In September he receives the 16 eco-warriors here, for the project 'Deforestaction'.
|Masarang again hands out scholarships|
On 27 June 2011 more than 100 people gathered down in the room below the Masarang Sugar Factory. It was a special moment: the hand out of the Masarang scholarships.
|Blog Willie: Turtle rescue, scholarships and vulcanic eruptions|
Sunday morning early July, a rare quiet moment in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, when more than 90% of the people here in the mountains go to church. I have been having high fevers and bad head aches for the last four days
|Local contractor helps Tasikoki|
In June 2011 the bath room for the volunteers in Tasikoki was fixed by a local contractor entirely free of charge. That way he wanted to support Masarang and more specific the Animal Rescue Center.
|A closer look at 8 weeks of volunteering at Tasikoki|
Dutch volunteer Myrte Voormolen reports about her experience in the animal rescue and education center, where she stayed this summer.
|Willie Smits presented at Environmental Day in Hong Kong|
In June Willie Smits was the key note speaker at the Environmental Conference of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) in Hong Kong. Over 200 members of the ESF Community came together to celebrate their work on making the world a better place
|Masarang's critique on sustainable palm oil|
The boom in the worldwide use of palm oil has been the main driver of deforestation in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. Annually, primary rainforest in excess of the size of The Netherlands is cut down. Read Willie Smits' article.
|Masarang macaque release site assaulted, guard killed|
On April 25th the terrible news reached us that the Masarang release site for macaques in the jungle of Sulawesi has been attacked and set on fire. One guard was killed and another one injured.
|Welcome message from Willie Smits for new visitors|
Welcome to the website of Masarang International, our window to the world for people who are interested in our work with local groups and nature conservation.
|Presentation on nature conservation strategy|
Willie Smits recently gave a presentation about nature conservation for the Governor of North Sulawesi and other senior officials.
|Re-introduction macaques in the wild |
Masarang has recently released a group of Sulawesi macaques back (a monkey species) into the wild, who had been previously rehabilitated in Tasikoki animal rescue center. This happened in an area that is reforested by Masarang. Read Willie's report.
|Newsflash Willie Smits, February 2011|
Just arrived in the Netherlands, directly from the event of celebrating our first decade as Masarang Foundation, which took place in our Tasikoki animal rescue center in North Sulawesi