Written by Fadli Zaini Friday, 01 February 2013 22:17
A green initiative for youths, by youths.
"Nature's Avengers" Initiative – for youths, by youths. Established early of January 2013, this youth-led movement under Green Brunei looks to creating opportunities for younger kids to be involved with the environment. How so? We thought of getting them in the jungle!
Nature’s Avengers is an example of an independent group of youths to be able to self-initiate and be exposed to how volunteering projects like these are conducted with the lending hand of the Youth Centre.
The green initiative journey began by pulling eleven like-minded youths together to come up with a plan to educate kids about the environment, or to simply say, “to save the world!”. The initiative is aimed at collaboration with the community to explore habitats that might be endangered or to simply expose Bruneians to more than just the “greenery”.
Nature’s Avengers Team: Nani Azlan, Irene Lee, Hanna Hassanal, Bazeelah Rafaea, Nur Alya Syafiqah, Norizi Shahrol, Tiong Hua, Ahamd Zaki, Azhiim Ghani, Fadli Zaini, Nur Amalia & Muna Munjiyah Malik
Right now, the project is central to helping primary-level kids to let them independently interact with the natural environment while teaching them the importance of sustainability, conservation and preservation of our green jewels. This includes planting of Gaharu trees, creating fishponds and turtle hatcheries.
Earlier in the month, we travelled to Bintudoh located at Ulu Tutong to survey and prepare the project site. It turns out Bintudoh is an Eco-tourism site in development with huts already constructed. We took benefit to facilitate the fertile site while helping the Bintudoh community to develop the conservation facilities and to expose Bintudoh as an exploration site for adventurous travellers.
Some pictures of the Bintudoh trip
Nature’s Avengers Team in action
On 27th January 2013, about 30 primary kids will be participating in the Nature’s Avengers project at Bintudoh. These kids were selectedbased on their essay on the idea of “10 ways I can be green”. This gives the kids the chance to develop themselves and self-empower their knowledge on the environment. In long-term, we hope that the project will impact the community through education and development of facilities in Bintudoh for future projects.
In the future, we hope that we could evaluate the results of the project so we may expand it further into a long-term campaign of volunteers with the aim of promoting green awareness nationally.
For more info, you can contact Fadli Zaini @ 8868212.
You can also contact Hanna Hassanal @ 8873183, Green Brunei Ambassador and Project Manager for Nature’s Avengers.
Editor's Note: Are you part of any interesting local projects? Involved in a community grassroots initiative? Do you have an interesting story to share? It's a great big world out there and each of us see, taste, hear, smell and touch different facets of life. Reach me here or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to get involved on Projek Brunei! Thank you Fadli for once again guest blogging. Keep up the great work mate!