Posted by: Wisnu | June 11, 2017

Connecting People to Nature

VSA Primary school students and their families connecting with Hong Kong’s biodiversity

The theme of World Environment Day 2017 was connecting people to nature, which is an important part of Masarang HK’s work. So far this year:

Three Hong Kong schools have visited our Tasikoki project with more HK school groups visiting in the coming months.

A team of VSA teachers volunteered at the Sintang Orangutan Centre and helped with a number of projects, as well as bringing relevant environmental material back for the school community. They also visited the orangutans and saw baby Victoria, of course!

Masarang HK has also visited many Hong Kong primary and secondary schools and provided presentations and workshops to thousands of students, staff and parents this year already, to raise environmental awareness. The recent visit and presentations by Dr. Willie Smits were very popular and more about this will be written later.

We look forward to more opportunities to work with our friends, partners and supporters to continue to increase environmental awareness and connect with our planet’s amazing nature!

Masarang HK and VSA Primary celebrated ‘Earth Day’ together with a Biodiversity Walk & Talk, at Aberdeen Country Park on Sunday 23 April 2017.

A group of 45 VSA students and parents joined the Walk & Talk to explore and learn about Hong Kong’s special biodiversity. The students were excited to play the Nature Scavenger Hunt and find the different plants, insects and animals that can be found in the Country Park. We also discussed why biodiversity is important for humans and what we can do to protect it. Masarang HK would like to thank the VSA teachers and families for an enjoyable day and for the wonderful enthusiasm shown by the VSA students for Hong Kong’s natural environment.


Searching for plants, insects and animals during the Nature Scavenger Hunt

Sharne McMillan (Masarang HK Committee Member) explaining why Hong Kong’s biodiversity is so special, to VSA Primary school students, families and teachers.

Posted by: Admin | June 8, 2017

World Oceans Day

Today is “World Oceans Day!”. The conservation action focus for 2017 is “Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future”.

Coastal waters support a rich marine biodiversity, which can be harmed or even killed by marine litter, especially plastic. Therefore reducing our daily consumption of plastic products can help to protect our marine habitats and species.
To help achieve this a number of organisations are joining “No Straw Day” and encouraging people to say “no” to straws when ordering drinks.

French International School Students removing waste from a beach whilst volunteering at the Tasikoki Centre, Sulawesi.

Masarang HK supports “No Straw Day” and will also be reducing the consumption of plastic wherever possible. We ask that you take part in beach clean ups whenever possible.

We would love to hear what you/your school is doing to reduce plastic consumption on World Oceans Day!

Posted by: Wisnu | June 5, 2017

Happy World Environment Day 2017!

At Masarang Hong Kong we celebrate the environment everyday!

Here are some Hong Kong schools connecting with the environment last month – immersing in the beauty, giving back to the Earth and caring for our endangered species.
You can help to by supporting our work, sharing what we do and donating as well as volunteering at Tasikoki Education and Wildlife Rescue Centre, contact us via
Posted by: Admin | May 31, 2017

Talks to VSA School Community at VSA and Tasikoki

Following Dr Willie Smits talk to a large group of students at Tasikoki, Sulawesi, whilst en route to Hong Kong, he then spoke to a large group of the school community at the VSA in Hong Kong.


The CAS group from the Secondary section of the VSA listened most attentively to Willie and asked him many impressive questions.

More about the VSA school trip itself will be uploaded soon.

Willie thoroughly enjoyed his visit to the VSA in Hong Kong. In addition to meeting the principal, Mr Ross Dawson and staff and a meeting with the ever-growing Masarang Club, Willie gave a talk about to members of the school community, as well as invited guests.

An article about the visit was written in the school newspaper.
Click here to view.  We hope you enjoy reading it!

This video was produced by Eva, Madalief & Dinara. Dutch & Kazakh students aged 12. This was produced as part of an IB digital design project at the International School of London in Surrey.

The Design brief: design a video that communicates the Masarang message to a target age group. Either early years, primary school, secondary or adult.

These students chose to target the youngest age range of early years students. The message has been simplified as it is aimed at such a young age group with different language abilities. The designers ran screening sessions to test the success of their video with a series of questionnaires that the children filled in. The results of the survey showed that 90% of small children came away with a full understanding of the effects of palm oil and with a clear idea of how they could help! An astonishing success rate for any educational video. Their work was highly commended in the UK national prize “Can art change the world!”

Click here to read the article and watch the video.

The students also presented their work at Indonesia Kontempur at the prestigious SOAS university.

By Marc Smith

Posted by: Admin | May 9, 2017

Dr Willie Smits in Hong Kong

Dr. Willie Smits will be speaking in Hong Kong this week at a variety of events.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the two events written about below.
Please be aware that space is limited so please contact our website to ensure we
can arrange for a place at the event, if available.

There is no fee to attend either talk.

Tuesday May 9th Victoria Shanghai Academy, Aberdeen
Dr Willie Smits and Members of the School Community.
3.30pm drinks and snacks (palm oil free).
4pm-5pm Presentations
Title of Talk: A Journey in the Tropical Rainforest of Borneo

Please note the VSA is running a No Palm Oil Awareness Week from May 8th to May 12th.

Wednesday May 10th French International School, Blue Pool Road Campus, Happy Valley.

Posted by: Admin | May 3, 2017

Teacher Trip to Tembak

When is an Easter holiday not a holiday? When a team of six teachers from the Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) spent their Easter holiday volunteering at the Sintang Orangutan Centre (SOC) projects in Kalimantan.

They taught at village schools, visited the rescued orangutans at the centres, collected curriculum materials for their school, distributed donated items and led a teachers workshop for local teachers from 10 village schools in the vicinity.

Not much of a holiday, but the team really made a great difference!

We are very grateful for the caring voluntary work by the teachers and the wonderful support from the VSA community.

Additional thanks to Gavin Coates, whose lovely book ‘The Last Nut’ proved so inspirational during the teacher workshop.

Adam Hill, one of the teachers who took part in the visit, has written a most interesting and informative blog about the trip.

We have included the link to this blog below:

Should other schools be interested in arranging a similar trip to the same project, or the Masarang projects in Sulawesi, please let us know.

Masarang HK is very grateful for the long-term support from Clearwater Bay Primary School.

The school’s annual Green Week is a wonderful way to raise awareness about the environment for CWBS community and for all of those who wonder what they can do to make a difference, in addition to raising much needed funds to support Tasikoki Education and Rescue Centre and the Sintang Orangutan Centre. The school community raised the amazing total of $12,160!
We are very grateful for the wonderful awareness raising and support from the CWBS community.
The Masarang HK team.


Eco warriors waiting for the book swap.


Green Week and Eco Warriors at Clearwater Bay Primary School

Each year at Clearwater Bay primary School in Hong Kong we have a Green Week to show our support for the environment and to enjoy some eco-friendly activities. Children from our Eco-warrior club help to set up and run the activities. We also raise money to support our friends at the Masarang Foundation. This year our activities included Meat free Monday, Fruity Friday, a book-trading event and a dress casual day, which raised $12,160 for Masarang HK. We were lucky that Adrienne could come in to school to speak at assembly to tell us about what the funds will be spent on.


Below are some quotes from the Eco-warriors:

‘We started the art activities because we wanted everyone to know that you can be creative with nature.’ Rou and Jasmine

‘We did a recycling activity because we wanted to inspire other people to recycle and make the world a better place.’ Henry, Anya and Fenella

‘On Monday we didn’t eat meat to cut down the use of resources to help the environment.’ Beth and Claudia

‘We had turn it off Tuesday to save power.’ Sadie

‘We did the book trade because we want people to enjoy books and not waste paper by buying new ones.’ Jivesh and Ishaan.

‘We dressed in green and blue to show our love for the earth and support for Masarang.’ Aashka

‘We raised over $12,000 for the Masarang Foundation and increased awareness of environmental issues.’ Angela

‘We held a healthy lunch competition to not just to have an impact on the Earth but to have an impact on ourselves.’ Ella

Not using packaging was also an important of Wednesday’s healthy lunch competition.’ Misha

Justine Taylor, CWBS Class Teacher and Masarang HK Supporter.

Posted by: Wisnu | April 14, 2017

Make A Difference

Wow! What a lot of children got to hear about the Masarang Foundation in one day.

On 13 January, ESF held their Year 6 ‘Agents of Change’ conference.   There   were  approximately   900   primary students and representation from over 20 NGOs.
All   the  students  showed  a   high level  of  engagement, asked   relevant   questions   and   offered   meaningful suggestions about the action they could then take after the conference.

The Keynote presentation to start the event was given by our very own Dr Merrin Pearse, who shared why he is keen to be M.A.D., which in this case refers to ‘Make A Difference’.   He   shared   his   passion   for   reconnecting people with nature and how Masarang HK helps him to do   that.   His   main   message   to   the   students   was   to explore   during   the   day   topics  they  are   passionate about,   not  what  their  friend  or  sibling  is   passionate about. Then after the keynote the students chose which topics they wanted to hear more about during three workshop sessions.

Our Chairwoman, Adrienne Watson, led the workshop session and shared with the students the work being done  in  Hong   Kong   and  Indonesia  by  the  Masarang Foundation. She also explained how the Masarang HK team   of   volunteers,   with   wonderful   support   from   a number of schools, is helping to make a difference to those projects.

Thank you to all those who chose to join this event and hope you continue to make a difference!

After our recent talk to students at the Victoria Shanghai Academy about the impact of plastic waste, especially on the four species of sea turtle nesting on the Masarang-supported Tulap Beach Project, the students have become even more active environmental ambassadors.

We hope they will inspire others to think about and reduce the waste they produce, especially the huge amount of plastic waste being thrown away.

Please Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover whenever possible!


How do people’s choices impact animals and their habitats?

On Tuesday, February 21st, Adrienne Watson from Masarang Hong Kong came to the VSA to speak to the Year 2 students. The Students have been learning about the choices that people make and how these choices impact various habitats. Ms. Watson spoke about the impact plastic has on our oceans, with special reference to the endangered sea turtles that the Masarang Foundation is trying to protect.  Ms. Watson discussed ways that we can minimize the use of plastic in our daily lives.  Since Ms. Watson’s talk, Year 2 students have become more aware about their daily choices and have begun taking action!

After the talk,  2A3 students reflected on what they had learnt and information they wanted to find out more about.

As result, 2A3 have become very concerned by the use of plastics in the school cafeteria and have started keeping a tally. Let’s see where this will take them…

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