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  • Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits
    forest belongs to us as an ADAT forest And the next step is to release Orang Utans in this forest Keep updated your email address won t be given to third parties News The MessageBottle supports Masarang Short update on the fire situation in Indonesia Water from the Masarang Mountain They stole my stolen view Car donation for Sintang Sweating for Charity Additional Tree Nursery Built at Tasikoki for Coastal Projects Visiting Masarang in Tomohon SOAP Processing in tengkawang factory in Tembak Black Crested Macaques move to new enclosure View all recent articles Masarang Foundation Partners Over Masarang Missie en doelen Werkwijze Willie Smits Masarang International 20Steven Smit 20Marie José van Schaik 20Wim van de Meerendonk 20Esther Klinkum Masarang Indonesië 20Nico Tatontos 20Onna Senduk 20Jimmy Mantow 20Sonny Ering 20Youdi Windah 20Jus Kamagi 20Deiby Pitoy 20Pingkan Supit Masarang Hong Kong Oostenrijk Jaarverslagen Contact Herbebossing 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Boomkwekerijen 20Onderzoeken Redding bedreigde diersoorten en biodiversiteit 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Tasikoki dierenopvangcentrum 20Zeeschilpadden 20Biodiversiteitsmonitoring Ondersteuning lokale cultuur en bedrijvigheid 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Bibliotheek 20Duurzame landbouw en assistentie kleine boeren Studiebeurzen kansarme kinderen en milieu educatie 20Doelen 20Resultaten De rol van de suikerpalm in Masarang projecten 20Suikerpalm wonderboom 20Palmsuiker Unieke eigenschappen milieuvriendelijk en lekker Word donateur Eenmalige gift Voordelen doneren aan Masarang Vrijwilliger worden Zij helpen Masarang al Schenken met belastingvoordeel Zelf geld inzamelen Nieuwsoverzicht Nieuwsarchief Archief eerste halfjaar 2011 NL TV Video radio Artikelen Presentaties downloads Fotoalbums Benefietvoorstelling Willie Smits en Rob Kamphues Actie Doneren Contact Mamat Links Sitemap Willie Smits 7 en 8 mei in Klokhuis Nieuwsbrief januari 2011 Nieuwsbrief jan 11 versie donateurs News letter Masarang March 2011 Nieuwsbrief april 2011 Evenement Nieuwsbrief juli 2011 Nieuwsbrief sep 2011 Nieuwsbrief Dec 2011 1 Project Masarang wint prijsvraag fietsen scoort Newsletter Dec 2011 Newsletter October 2013 Oktober 2015 Steun Masarang bij hulp bevolking Kind opleiden kost veel

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  • Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits
    the optimization of the process will continue Keep updated your email address won t be given to third parties News The MessageBottle supports Masarang Short update on the fire situation in Indonesia Water from the Masarang Mountain They stole my stolen view Car donation for Sintang Sweating for Charity Additional Tree Nursery Built at Tasikoki for Coastal Projects Visiting Masarang in Tomohon SOAP Processing in tengkawang factory in Tembak Black Crested Macaques move to new enclosure View all recent articles Masarang Foundation Partners Over Masarang Missie en doelen Werkwijze Willie Smits Masarang International 20Steven Smit 20Marie José van Schaik 20Wim van de Meerendonk 20Esther Klinkum Masarang Indonesië 20Nico Tatontos 20Onna Senduk 20Jimmy Mantow 20Sonny Ering 20Youdi Windah 20Jus Kamagi 20Deiby Pitoy 20Pingkan Supit Masarang Hong Kong Oostenrijk Jaarverslagen Contact Herbebossing 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Boomkwekerijen 20Onderzoeken Redding bedreigde diersoorten en biodiversiteit 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Tasikoki dierenopvangcentrum 20Zeeschilpadden 20Biodiversiteitsmonitoring Ondersteuning lokale cultuur en bedrijvigheid 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Bibliotheek 20Duurzame landbouw en assistentie kleine boeren Studiebeurzen kansarme kinderen en milieu educatie 20Doelen 20Resultaten De rol van de suikerpalm in Masarang projecten 20Suikerpalm wonderboom 20Palmsuiker Unieke eigenschappen milieuvriendelijk en lekker Word donateur Eenmalige gift Voordelen doneren aan Masarang Vrijwilliger worden Zij helpen Masarang al Schenken met belastingvoordeel Zelf geld inzamelen Nieuwsoverzicht Nieuwsarchief Archief eerste halfjaar 2011 NL TV Video radio Artikelen Presentaties downloads Fotoalbums Benefietvoorstelling Willie Smits en Rob Kamphues Actie Doneren Contact Mamat Links Sitemap Willie Smits 7 en 8 mei in Klokhuis Nieuwsbrief januari 2011 Nieuwsbrief jan 11 versie donateurs News letter Masarang March 2011 Nieuwsbrief april 2011 Evenement Nieuwsbrief juli 2011 Nieuwsbrief sep 2011 Nieuwsbrief Dec 2011 1 Project Masarang wint prijsvraag fietsen scoort Newsletter Dec 2011 Newsletter October 2013 Oktober 2015 Steun Masarang bij hulp bevolking Kind opleiden kost veel Newsletter aug 2012 Help Willie in missie betere toekomst mens en dier test

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  • Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits
    acquaintances Set up a fundraiser Become an ambassador of the Foundation You can also set up your own fundraiser donate the proceeds to Masarang eg Organize along with your school or association a flea market a lottery or game day or collect paper or empty bottles Bake cookies pancakes flapjacks crepes palm oil free Sell lemonade on a hot day or hot chocolate on a cold Organize a puzzle or a bike ride a sponsor or join a running festival and ask people to sponsor you Are you good at music organize a benefit concert Organize a bingo night or a lottery Celebrate a party for Masarang Invent a trick Actions described above are but a short list Maybe you have better ideas or create your own fundraiser In short invent a trick Want to set up a fundraiser Tell us If you want to start a fundraiser report it to us by e mail Put in your own name and address the name of your fundraiser in a few lines what you want to do and the period the fundraiser is organized We will tell about great initiatives in our newsletter Look for companies that are willing to sponsor the event and maybe your local newspaper is willing to report about it Links Below you will find some links to information that you could use in your fundraiser We have made a selection of a number of articles on this website but obviously there is still much more to find See what you need to make your fundraiser successful We have four main themes 1 The conservation of the unique biodiversity of Indonesia Support the animals and the education program of Tasikoki 2 the conservation and restoration of the rainforests of Indonesia Results reforestation 3 Better development opportunities for the local population Help children to education Fundraise 4 The use of sustainable agriculture and production methods by the local population An overview of different aspects of Willie s work can be found in this presentation and if you have a computer at hand you can always show a number of films including movies about Tasikoki They can be found here Disclaimer Masarang has no influence on the content of the fundraiser and bears no liability We however look if the fundraiser is connecting with the objectives of Masarang Fundraisers that do not fit with our objectives and or beliefs we will not support Keep updated your email address won t be given to third parties News The MessageBottle supports Masarang Short update on the fire situation in Indonesia Water from the Masarang Mountain They stole my stolen view Car donation for Sintang Sweating for Charity Additional Tree Nursery Built at Tasikoki for Coastal Projects Visiting Masarang in Tomohon SOAP Processing in tengkawang factory in Tembak Black Crested Macaques move to new enclosure View all recent articles Masarang Foundation Partners Over Masarang Missie en doelen Werkwijze Willie Smits Masarang International 20Steven Smit 20Marie José van Schaik 20Wim van de Meerendonk

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  • Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits
    preservation of the forest is the preservation of ourselves You can help Support Masarang to reforest more areas according to its revolutionary process that leads to a higher yield for nature wildlife and people Many jobs for green farmers Harvesting the precious sap from the trees is a manual process providing many jobs for local farmers one farmer is responsible for about 6 trees The income of these palm tappers is much higher than that of regular small farmers and they produce completely green and CO2 positive products Due to the increased income the children of these farmers are able to study and escape poverty Furthermore Masarang has set up a farmers cooperative where they have their own democratic elections for certain positions Moreover when the farmers become more prosperous they are less inclined to support a corrupt system or cut down the rainforest illegally The people also do not have to work in polluting industries such as gold and coal mines or in the destructive oil palm plantations Lastly the farmers in the Masarang reforestation projects are actively protecting the forest and wild animals that are released there after being rehabilitated in the Tasikoki Animal Rescue Center Back to top Palm sugar Willie Smits has built a Sugar factory in North Sulawesi with the support of the Indonesian Government This factory is powered by residual steam from a geothermal green power plant meaning that the energy used does not damage the environment The factory collects the sap from the palms and turns it into a sugar with very special properties Not only is the product eco friendly and fair trade the sugar also has more flavour than white sugar and is much healthier While sugar can easily lead to obesity and diabetes the palm sugar does not Part of this remarkable feat is caused by the slow absorption in the blood which prevents an unhealthy rise of blood sugar levels and enables energy to be gradually released Also the sugar contains anti oxidants amino acids and vitamins which have a positive effect on one s health Willie has been responsible for creating the process which is used to produce the sugar In the Netherlands the sugar can be purchased from amongst others Jumbo supermarkets Imported by Amigos International info amigos international org 31 0 317 479 794 Note It is important to mention that donations made to Masarang are not used as an investment in palm sap products These can be seen as commercial activities Though not profitable currently on a larger scale it could be This is the reason Willie is collecting money for this particular activity from investors eventual future profits will be used to finance non profit projects also run by Willie besides paying back the investors The money donated to Masarang through this site will only be used for the environmental and social projects which support the locals and nature all which are named on this website under the heading of Projects These are all

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  • Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits
    Masarang International Haarlemmer Houttuinen 7 1013GL Amsterdam The Netherlands Masarang Foundation Partners Over Masarang Missie en doelen Werkwijze Willie Smits Masarang International 20Steven Smit 20Marie José van Schaik 20Wim van de Meerendonk 20Esther Klinkum Masarang Indonesië 20Nico Tatontos 20Onna Senduk 20Jimmy Mantow 20Sonny Ering 20Youdi Windah 20Jus Kamagi 20Deiby Pitoy 20Pingkan Supit Masarang Hong Kong Oostenrijk Jaarverslagen Contact Herbebossing 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Boomkwekerijen 20Onderzoeken Redding bedreigde diersoorten en biodiversiteit 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Tasikoki dierenopvangcentrum 20Zeeschilpadden 20Biodiversiteitsmonitoring Ondersteuning lokale cultuur en bedrijvigheid 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Bibliotheek 20Duurzame landbouw en assistentie kleine boeren Studiebeurzen kansarme kinderen en milieu educatie 20Doelen 20Resultaten De rol van de suikerpalm in Masarang projecten 20Suikerpalm wonderboom 20Palmsuiker Unieke eigenschappen milieuvriendelijk en lekker Word donateur Eenmalige gift Voordelen doneren aan Masarang Vrijwilliger worden Zij helpen Masarang al Schenken met belastingvoordeel Zelf geld inzamelen Nieuwsoverzicht Nieuwsarchief Archief eerste halfjaar 2011 NL TV Video radio Artikelen Presentaties downloads Fotoalbums Benefietvoorstelling Willie Smits en Rob Kamphues Actie Doneren Contact Mamat Links Sitemap Willie Smits 7 en 8 mei in Klokhuis Nieuwsbrief januari 2011 Nieuwsbrief jan 11 versie donateurs News letter Masarang March 2011 Nieuwsbrief april 2011 Evenement Nieuwsbrief juli 2011 Nieuwsbrief sep 2011 Nieuwsbrief Dec 2011 1 Project Masarang wint prijsvraag fietsen scoort Newsletter Dec 2011 Newsletter October 2013 Oktober 2015 Steun Masarang bij hulp bevolking Kind opleiden kost veel Newsletter aug 2012 Help Willie in missie betere toekomst mens en dier test glimworm nieuwsbrief Kinderen opleiden kost geld test Kind opleiden kost geld Kind opleiden kost geld Support Willie in order to help people and animals dec12 Nieuwsbrief November 2013 Newsletter November 2013 Nieuwsbrief December 2013 Nieuwsbrief augustus 2015 Newsletter August 2015 Nieuwsbrief december 2014 About Masarang Masarang s mission and objectives Approach Willie Smits Masarang International 20Steven Smit 20Marie José van Schaik 20Wim van de Meerendonk 20Esther Klinkum Masarang Indonesië 20Nico Tatontos

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  • Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits
    for the community that I estimate is worth more than a million euro per year And as a model First village hub ready for use 2011 also was the year we had finished the first Village Hub Actually that was the day before yesterday The mini factory based on my patent brings local people drinking water electricity fuel and many other benefits and runs entirely on sunlight A zero waste system based on how nature recycles everything This year we also started with the turtle project at Tulap near the animal rescue center Tasikoki and we built new palm nurseries Thanks to the hard work of Steven and Marie José the interviews the Nemo meeting and the broadcast of the Dutch TV program de Rëunie many volunteers came to help us and made it possible for us to do more for nature Plans for 2012 I feel privileged that so many people started to follow our work and support us Thank you all Your help makes it possible to give a truly meaningful contribution to this world to help people and nature In 2012 we want to expand the facilities at Tasikoki so we can save the many animals that still need to be rescued from the people and traders where they are now captured If enough money comes in we want to build our bird island An island of 80 hectares uninhabited because there is no water where hundreds of birds who are too tame to release like our cockatoes can fly around freely and safely We than also need a boat and communications equipment etc So keep supporting us and visit us to see what we do with your support In 2012 we hope to be able to send 200 children to school with our scholar ships and distribute more material for environmental education materials We want to give 100 000 new selected sugar palm seedlings to farmers to plant on steep slopes Made possible by new technology we want to let our orangutans communicate with other orangutans in zoos around the world so many people become aware of the intelligence and social skills of these special animals As you can see there is still much to do Thanks to the support of Masarang International and its supporters I hope we can continue this work for people and nature in order to create a sustainable world From Tomohon December 2011 Willie Smits Date 2011 12 26 20 44 47 0 Go to Edit Blog main Keep updated your email address won t be given to third parties News The MessageBottle supports Masarang Short update on the fire situation in Indonesia Water from the Masarang Mountain They stole my stolen view Car donation for Sintang Sweating for Charity Additional Tree Nursery Built at Tasikoki for Coastal Projects Visiting Masarang in Tomohon SOAP Processing in tengkawang factory in Tembak Black Crested Macaques move to new enclosure View all recent articles Masarang Foundation Partners Over Masarang Missie en doelen Werkwijze Willie

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  • Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits
    alternative and seem to just give up It is mostly poor Javanese migrants that have little choice than then do the work in the oil palms at ridiculously low salaries When I spoke in many villages about the sugar palm it opened their eyes Actually everywhere along the rivers and roads where we travelled we saw hundreds of thousands of sugar palms At the same time we saw the great difficulties in getting fuel and drinking water for the local people Both can be provided easily from the sugar palm It turns out that most of the Dayak only use the sugar palm heart as vegetable and the fibres for brooms They do not know how to use the fruits the wood the sago the sugary juice the medicines etc Now we have started a cooperation with the Bupati regent of the Sintang district to set up a large sugar palm nursery to be run by the Kobus Foundation of Father Jacques Maessen a formerly Dutch missionary who has been working in the region for 44 years and supported by our Masarang Foundation The Bupati wants to buy one million seedlings of selected sugar palms and our foundation is the only one that has the official certification to provide this material within Indonesia We will set up a nursery in a village that already is producing traditional palm sugar and make it in a training location for the more remote villagers to come and learn the tapping techniques We will provide villagers with the free seedlings as long as they show us a letter from their village head the local elders and themselves that they own the land and will plant and maintain the palms there In this way we can block the oil palms from making claims that the land is not registered while they actually know that all the land is clearly owned under traditional law Willie Smits October 2011 Date 2011 10 23 17 10 55 0 Go to Edit Blog main Keep updated your email address won t be given to third parties News The MessageBottle supports Masarang Short update on the fire situation in Indonesia Water from the Masarang Mountain They stole my stolen view Car donation for Sintang Sweating for Charity Additional Tree Nursery Built at Tasikoki for Coastal Projects Visiting Masarang in Tomohon SOAP Processing in tengkawang factory in Tembak Black Crested Macaques move to new enclosure View all recent articles Masarang Foundation Partners Over Masarang Missie en doelen Werkwijze Willie Smits Masarang International 20Steven Smit 20Marie José van Schaik 20Wim van de Meerendonk 20Esther Klinkum Masarang Indonesië 20Nico Tatontos 20Onna Senduk 20Jimmy Mantow 20Sonny Ering 20Youdi Windah 20Jus Kamagi 20Deiby Pitoy 20Pingkan Supit Masarang Hong Kong Oostenrijk Jaarverslagen Contact Herbebossing 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Boomkwekerijen 20Onderzoeken Redding bedreigde diersoorten en biodiversiteit 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Tasikoki dierenopvangcentrum 20Zeeschilpadden 20Biodiversiteitsmonitoring Ondersteuning lokale cultuur en bedrijvigheid 20Doelen 20Resultaten 20Bibliotheek 20Duurzame landbouw en assistentie kleine boeren Studiebeurzen kansarme kinderen en milieu educatie 20Doelen 20Resultaten De rol van de suikerpalm

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  • Stichting Masarang | Willie Smits
    fortunate that we have so many supporters in Sintang such as Colonel Toto and Colonel Firly of the army and police respectively who have been helping our nature conservation efforts through their support for the Kobus Foundation and their visits to our center I really feel so privileged to work here in this regency where everybody wants to do the right thing Well I guess everybody except the mostly foreign owned oil palm companies who will find their efforts heavily scrutinized in the coming months and exposed to the world Oh and some bureaucrats and people that let themselves be bribed to do things against the wishes of the local people There were a lot of logistical matters to take care of but everybody around Father Jacques eagerly helped so that was a breeze really and we even had time to go for a walk in the Baning forest Adang who used to work for the Sintang Orangutan Center guided us into the forest across the road where our orangutans last played Here is the tree where Momo and Mimi were climbing when Luna disappeared he says quietly while touching the broken branches that still bear witness to the terrible day of April 6th Deeper into the swamp forest we walk Here is the fruit tree that Pinoh loves most Adang points out And here is the sack that Prima always likes to play with The sadness in his voice can no longer be hidden by this small Dayak And neither can the love he and the other caretakers had for their orangutans Then we get to the hole under the tree roots where Luna was last seen playing and ten minutes later had disappeared I start recording all the GPS points and we trace several pathways from the spot It turns out that at only 80 meters away there is the wooden bridge used by visitors to the Baning city forest I ask Adang what happened and record him telling me in detail once more what transpired that day He actually did exactly what I would have done First he checked the immediate surroundings where Luna was last seen She never wandered far away so after ten minutes he realized that something serious had happened He immediately followed the path to the wooden walk bridge and asked a school student coming from the north whether he had seen anything or anyone There were more people further to the North and the young student stated that he had seen nobody coming towards him that way So Adang immediately followed the bridge towards the south which I would have done But to no avail there was no trace of the thief To me it is completely clear that someone was sitting at that bridge hidden by the leaves and unnoticed by the caretakers that were observing the orangutans climbing That person could hear everything and knew when there was a chance to approach for the rare opportunity to steal a baby orangutan He must have crossed through the undergrowth straight towards the place where orangutans were playing and took the most timid and slowest of them Luna He could not have taken more than one and any of the others would have bitten him This was a crime by an opportunistic thief and nothing like the horrendous accusations and insults that were directed at the personnel and staff of Kobus and the Ministry of Forestry In addition it was nothing like the fairy tales some local hired clairvoyants came up with And every logical action we could have taken was taken and action is continuing I feel so sad for little Luna Even the hardened head of police Colonel Firly is emotional He came to see Luna three times at the Kobus Foundation and his wife and son who also personally knew Luna still keep asking the police chief when he will find her During a lunch we are visited by Mrs Leni a small Dayak woman of the Ot Danum tribe in the Serawai area far upriver from Sintang with eyes projecting a combination of strong determination and simultaneously suspicion She is a good friend of Father Jacques whom she first met 16 years ago Then more people show up behind her Sugiono Sutarman but also Dayaks with Christian names such as Jacobus Primus Marcus and traditional names like Obeng and Ringan They have heard about the sugar palm They tell us about how they are fighting for the Dayaks to keep their forest and how hard it is to keep up this quest when they cannot offer a better alternative for their people They have travelled to the coast and seen what fate the Dayak that long ago sold their land are now suffering Not even a piece of land on which to grow food nor forest to harvest trees to build a house And neighbors that are not friendly at all There are many sugar palms in their upriver Serawai region which is bordering on the last remaining forests where still some concessions are cutting down virgin rain forest What ban on illegal logging is enforced in return for 1 billion Dollars Hah An oil palm company has just got hold of permits to cut down another 40 000 hectares in that area while there is officially only 18 000 hectares of land More virgin rain forest to go My blood is boiling and I cry silent tears when I hear the horror stories about their friends that dared to stand up for the local people and the forest and are now suffering in jail They also tell about the corrupt village heads that betray their people that elected them and trusted them I wish I could immediately go there and face off those bulldozers myself The group is so happy to hear that with the sugar palms they remain land owners and only sell sunshine rain and gas made into sugar by the palms on a daily basis A much better and sustainable alternative I show them some images on my computer with satellite maps showing the speed of deforestation and slides about sugar palms and the many benefits they bring They tell me that there is a meeting in town of village heads and ask if they may bring them Sure Within ten minutes of making calls they have organized for me to speak to many representatives of the local people the next evening in the Kobus house Some 70 people show up and I talk for two hours followed by heart wrenching questions and stories from young and old leaders from students that talk from their hearts from girls and women that speak as fiercely as the males Cathy and Richard film the meeting and although they cannot understand the words the expressions on the faces tell so much that they also feel emotional They definitely have a story to tell with their film Before they leave Leni and friends ask if I can meet Abeng the leader of all the Dayak tribes in the Sintang regency Sure It would be my pleasure The next day Abeng arrives in Sintang and we meet at the terrace of the Kobus house Initially he is very cautious clearly not convinced by the stories his charges told him But some of Father Jacques s tuak wine and my local knowledge soon start to loosen him up When he speaks to Leni in the Ot Danum language and suddenly notices that I understand him and he can understand bits of my East Kalimantan Dayak and Tombulu languages things really become good So your son is married the daughter of a Dayak leader in Samarinda he asks with disbelief in his eyes Yes I tell him about the huge wedding party and the Tombulu culture in North Sulawesi The ceremonies the knowhow about medicinal plants their democratic system there are so many similarities we are almost family Now Abeng tells me about an event he is organizing later this year He asks me to come to the far upriver location and talk to the tribes about the sugar palm and rattan and other alternatives for the oil palms Alternatives that do not take away their land the way oil palms do He will organize the transport the accommodation he will take me to the forest It is only one day travelling upriver by speedboat Well the rest of this story and how it ends you will have to read in another blog Another day we board some motorbikes and a car and head to the village and longhouse of Ensaid Panjang We pass by long long lines of cars waiting for a chance to get a tank of gasoline The roads are thoroughly destroyed by the many trucks that are heavily overloaded beyond the legal capacity with oil palm bunches White sands poisoned by mercury and cyanide to mine the gold dust Oil palms that stretch for miles and no forest That is our journey We pass by the imposing Kelam Hill a huge rock that resembles Uluru near Alice Springs in Australia Then we cross the bridge and there it is a beautiful well kept longhouse or Betang as the local Dayak people call it with motorbikes parked under it and people passing by with rubber in the baskets they carry on their back Dogs laze around pigs snuffle within their fenced in area A sugar palm grows tall right behind the long house We step out of the car and descend from the motorbikes Richard Cathy s producer immediately approaches a side entrance to take pictures resulting in a very sharp call from a Dayak Not a good start Arriving for the first time in a long house one has to enter from the front end only or bad luck will befall you We are quickly brought up to speed on the local situation by Riyanto a former Catholic novice who studied in Java but married instead and came back to his longhouse He even speaks some English His original Dayak name was Ringan and so he will again be Ringan for me from now on He has set up a small shop selling mostly goods from Malaysia nearby the longhouse in a small separate building in which the girls will sleep tonight The men will sleep in the longhouse The longhouse or Betang as it is locally known has the feel of the longhouse in Longnah in the interior of East Kalimantan But this one is longer 112 meters and there are less of the mystical decorations here fewer hornbills and the conspicuous tree of life of the Kenyah Dayak is absent here And this tribe of Ensaid Panjang does not have any tattoos and long pierced ears as the Kenyah in Longnah and most of the Dayak tribes do So many similarities but as many differences too Ringan introduces us to the democratically elected head of the longhouse Mr Sembai a very healthy looking 45 year old Ensaid Dayak who receives us with sincere gratitude and a smile that could end the greatest war on earth one would think He has heard from Ringan who heard from Father Jacques that people from outside want to come and help tell their story to the world And he is very interested They have also heard about my coffee drinking habits We sit cross legged on the floor of one of the rooms coming out on the long common space of the longhouse without furniture drinking coffee The Dayak women outside on the large open space sit on the floor weaving using a wooden board attached to ropes from a pole as their only support for their lower back to lean against They are weaving the traditional cloth for which they are famous This tradition was saved and stimulated by Father Jacques He is a loyal friend of the Dayak more so even than a missionary and has been working hard for the Dayak to be proud of their heritage With help from people from The Netherlands Father Jacques has built them a museum organized the women s cooperative got the local people land certificates set up the first radio communication managed schools and a whole range of other pioneering activities A wonderful force of good and an example to all Father Jacques who was on another motorbike arrives and immediately the women come to him and greet him affectionately and with kindness in their eyes Father Jacques jokes about how pretty they looked when he first visited this longhouse 42 years ago He sure knows how to make everyone laugh Then he asks loudly why the tuak is hidden We all sit down on some special guest mats spread out on the floor and several women responsible for hiding the rice wine come with bottles and cans of wine each tasting different On average they have 13 alcohol and it takes about three weeks to make the tuak Each of the elderly women the only ones allowed to make the wine has her own recipe With the alcoholic beverage now in the middle of the gallery more and more young men start coming back from their rubber gardens and shifting cultivation fields to join us with their wives and children There are so many young people in Ensaid Panjang and they are all so relaxed and happy Children are carried by the head of the longhouse as often as by the women Cathy and Richard are asking questions about how the Dayak choose a leader what laws they have what they do when they get sick etc And the answers come so naturally Basically they have each other and help each other And this community is thriving But when we ask why there are no other longhouses anymore The eyes turn sad No more forest no more trees to build a new longhouse When this one needs to be replaced we don t know anymore Already there is no more ironwood for our roof And now the last Mabang trees as a second class wooden shingle are also almost gone They tell that there are two other groups of their tribe that wished they could live in a longhouse but it is no longer possible They sold their land to oil palm companies that were using unscrupulous people that could smear honey around their lips and spoke words that sounded like a song in their ears because they believed them Afterwards they learned that not all people can be trusted by their words alone as they the Dayak can Then Riang urges us to get ready We have to walk very far he says Only the fit can come Riang warns Initially we try the small boats but unfortunately none can deal with my weight so walking is the only option all the way for everybody We pass by rubber tree gardens the tapping of the trees now being the main occupation of the Dayak Then we pass by the shifting cultivation fields with rice cassava corn pepper bananas etc After several bridges consisting of slippery wiggly stems over small streams and Richard Hearman doing a great job of entertaining the group with his somewhat clumsy antics we reach the swamp land and low forests There is still some rattan growing here But the product is of little value for the Dayak as they only harvest the raw material and the rattan is taken away to be processed in Java Then after more than an hour of walking we reach our destination An intact forest Finally I exchange knowledge about the jungle trees with the Dayak in our group They tell me about trees yielding fruits that I did not know one could eat and I teach them about medicinal plants in the forest that they did not know yet how to use I feel at home in this forest with these people There is a small and simple nursery here where Riang and his friends who are trying to keep the oil palm plantations out are growing Mabang seedlings These are the trees that can yield the thin slices of wood as roofing material some day If the forest lasts Riang is sad because too many of his carefully collected and transplanted seedlings have died Then he tells us that this forest together with one other patch represent the last fragments of village forest they have Only here can they still hunt for deer and wild boar They do not hunt birds and monkeys But now the neighboring village has sold their land to an oil palm company and the same company is trying to force them to sell this beautiful peat swamp forest as well Their village head has been on several trips to Java already and he keeps telling the tribe to just go ahead and sell their land It will all be okay he tells them However Riang and his friends are not to be fooled that easily The Village head lives outside the longhouse but the tribe in the longhouse wants to stay together Suddenly I notice a fresh cut in the bark of a tree and red paint The oil palm people have been here This is far beyond the land of the neighboring village How can they stop this criminal encroachment How can the poor people of the Ensaid Panjang longhouse prevent such powerful companies from stealing their land Ringan tells of another piece of his land that another oil palm company just took bulldozed and planted with oil palms He and others protested but the company just threatened to sue them Riang says even though his life is threatened he and his younger brother will not give up their right to the plot of land and continue fighting for justice We walk back the impending disaster weighs heavy on us and not much is said on the way to the

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