23 Oct FRIM Nature Excursion
Through the kind sponsorship and volunteer work of expats and locals, the CSO is able to do special things with the children from time to time. One such recent outing was made possible through the generosity of Danish expat Morten S. Christensen who sponsored 35 youngsters from age 6 to 16 to enjoy a day at the outstanding Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). The 544-hectare campus, founded in 1929, is preserved and maintained to promote sustainable forest management and best use practices for the understanding and use of forest resources. With five arboreta serving as conservation areas, a xylarium with over 10,000 wood samples and 1,500 species, a library, a herbarium with some 200,000 specimens, and the crown jewel canopy walkway suspended between the rainforest trees at 30m above the ground, FRIM is a remarkable area for education and for the sheer enjoyment of the forest. The Chin children split into smaller groups and spent the day learning about the forest with the help of local rangers, jungle trekking through the dense forests, and enjoying the canopy walk, too. It was a great Saturday and it was all made possible by the generous sponsorship of one caring expat in Malaysia, supplemented by the time and effort of teachers and volunteers. The kids had a fantastic time, and it was a rewarding and enriching experience for all involved. The Chin students are blessed to have caring people such as Morten touch their lives, even if just for a short time.