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About Borneo

Indonesia map, Borneo island, Mount Hope is the red star

  • Borneo is the third largest island in the world, 2/3rds belongs to Indonesia. Kalimantan is the name of the Indonesian part of the island. It’s split into four provinces, East, West South & Central. We are in the West
  • The area is mainly lowlands & jungle forests. Swamps & mangrove forests cover the coastline. An aerial view of the region shows many small villages spread out amongst lush virgin forest, interspersed with pepper, palm oil and rubber plantations.
  • The 2.5 million Dayaks are the indigenous tribal people of Kalimantan. They speak a range of 80 languages and numerous subgroup dialects. Their lives are lived hand to mouth as subsistence-level farmers.
  • The large rivers of Borneo are very important to the locals for river transport and trading. Most villagers still depend on the rivers as their main water supply for basic daily tasks – bathing, washing clothes & dishes & brushing their teeth etc.
  • Many villagers still rely on the local witch doctors and traditional healers for medicines and remedies because preventative health care is minimal.
  • People die from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea.
  • Some villages don’t have schools and children have to walk at least an hour or more in intense heat and humidity to the nearest village to attend school.
  • The standard of education in the villages is usually low and the families wishing to continue their children’s education are forced to move to another village or town.