Honiton solicitor's Borneo water mission
A REMOTE village in Borneo now has access to clean drinking water – thanks, in part, to the endeavours of a local trainee solicitor.
A REMOTE village in Borneo now has access to clean drinking water - thanks, in part, to the endeavours of a local trainee solicitor.
Carrie Meikle, 27, who works for Ford Simey in Honiton, was one of 13 junior lawyers from around Britain to travel to Borneo and install taps throughout Kampung Nibang.
The Raleigh project, supported by The Law Society, challenged the participants at every stage.
Even before leaving the UK, Carrie had to raise �2,750 to cover costs. Colleagues at Ford Simey's offices in Exeter, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Honiton rallied to the cause, sponsoring her trip and attending fundraising events.
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Once in Borneo, Carrie lived in extremely basic conditions and undertook challenging and physical work, helping to lay 2.6km of piping through the rain forest.
"I will never forget the party villagers threw for us the day we turned on the taps," said Carrie.
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"They had not had a good supply of fresh water previously, as they used to collect water from a none-too-clean river!
"The village headman told us that we had made history in their village, while children had water fights in the streets around us."
Carrie added: "We all returned from the expedition feeling that it had been a very worthwhile and rewarding experience.