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Elixir of Life Phase 3 & 4

  Phase 3 & 4 Report : Living Skills Workshop to residents of Kampung Semban and English tuition at SK Semban, 1 – 3 Mar 2013 Participants : Jacqueline Fong and Jo-Lynn Liao (Batik Crew), Brian Collin, Ginette Collin and Shafelin (Purple Lily), Theresa Seow (volunteer English tutor), Sarah Berdugo (Sarawak Tourism Board), Anita Lundberg, [...]

Students of SK Semban have a blast with Batik Boutique Hotel

The second phase of our Elixir of Life campaign took the children of SK Semban to places they’ve only ever dreamt about! Read all about it in The Star newspaper.

Big-hearted Batik

Reporter Sharon Ling sings praises of our Elixir of Life campaign:

Elixir of Life makes front page!

Elixir of Life beneficiaries made the front page when they received free shoes sponsored by tHe Spring mall. Fayrel and Shanty, you’re famous!

Donation Trip Scrap Book

Lions Club Emerald / Batik Boutique donated this generator. They not only gave the generator but also set aside some cash to pay porters to carry it up. Six porters carried it all the way to SK Semban, walking on six flimsy bamboo bridges on the way. The generator bursts into life. We get it [...]

HeartBeat

Batik Boutique Hotel is one of the sponsors of Krista Preschool Mini Olympics 2011 to be held on 17 July 2011. We sponsored the purple t-shirts for the purple house, which we had coined “HeartBeat”.

Donation Report

Event: Presentation of donations to SK Semban, Kampung Rejoi Date: 9 May 2011 Participants: Batik Boutique Hotel – Batik Crew and hotel guests, Lions Club Kuching Emerald, Jackie’s Technology Enterprise, Tarot Salmon Japanese Restaurant, Old Timers’ hiking club Donations: Diesel power generator, desktop computers and computer equipment, printer-scanner-and-photocopier, revision books, workbooks, reference books and story [...]

About Elixir of Life

The inhabitants of the Bengoh ranges total 199 families or approximately 1000 Bidayuh folk. They congregate in four villages which are connected with each other by an intricate system of jungle footpaths and bamboo bridges. Their livelihoods are supported by farming activities. They are rubber tappers, pepper, paddy, cocoa and fruit farmers. They make supplementary income from sales of their farm products and various small businesses such as portering, homestays and trading of sundries.

All the lives of the Bengoh inhabitants face imminent change. Their homes and habitats shall inevitably be submerged when the dam construction completes. They will be displaced – some will move down to a resettlement village built by the government, others further up the mountains and above the dam’s waterline. Whatever it is, they will have to abandon their current lives and build new ones : fertile lands will be flooded over, loss of land ownership, loss of crops, loss of access to existing natural resources, abandonment of their ancestral burial grounds – these are all looming issues to be faced by the anxious Bengoh residents.