Clean SEA beaches and save corals

Asma Qadah Start Date: Nov 24, 2018 - End Date: Mar 3, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Volunteer Trip
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia

My Travel Story

by: Asma Qadah Start Date: Nov 24, 2018 - End Date: Mar 3, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Volunteer Trip
I'm Asma, a Malaysian backpacker. I
have always been passionate about swimming and underwater life. It breaks my heart each time that I travel in South East Asia and see plastic and trash everywhere; especially on the beach. I turned this frustration into motivation: I took it as my mission to travel to as many islands as possible and clean their beaches. I started in Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and would love to extend my efforts to both Indonesia and Philppines.
It is time to put all those motivational words we have been reading on the internet into action! It bothers all of us when we read in the news that another whale dies, that another sea turtles dies and that corals are bleaching. Well, just being upset about it doesn't make it better.
I hope you will help me traveling to more islands in the coming 100 days to clean more beaches in Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.

to make this inciative effective, I decided that I will use this fund rising also to spread awareness among local communities and business owners. for each guesthouse by the beach I stay at, I will supply them with 50 bambo straws, that will be their starter kit to replace single use plastic straws
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia

Updates

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  • Weh Island, Sumatra, Indonesia ~ Day 2-5

    Weh Island, Sumatra, Indonesia ~ Day 2-5
    I'm pleased to announce that the beach was getting cleaner during my stay there. I had dedicated two hours daily to clean it, morning and evening. that single effort was enough for such small beach in front of the guesthouse I stayed at. However, it needs constant effort to keep it clean.
    I wen further and cleaned next door beach also. found load of small pieces of glass and tiles (still don't understand why tiles!) with some plastic bottles brought by waves and snacks' packages left by some visitors.
    I had the chance also to talk to Guesthouse's owner (Freddie's place) to help him contacting local suppliers of Bamboo and Metal straws to eliminate using plastic straws.
  • Weh Island, Sumatra, Indonesia - Day 1

    Weh Island, Sumatra, Indonesia  - Day 1
    Arrived Weh Island, Sumatra on 3rd December, after a 22 hours trip from Berastagi to Banda Aceh, north Sumatra.
    Started today with cleaning the beach, due to weather problems. I managed to sweep the beach that I'm staying at for around 1:30hr. The beach itself is clean, as resorts and guesthouse owners do not throw any trash directly to the sea. However, found locals who throw cigarette butts, single use plastic water cups, and instant noodles packs.
    Waves brings trashes. and as it's actually big waves here (currently), most of those trash actually broken in small peaces.
    I found lots of packing foam blocks and packing sheets (the one they wrap fruits with). even more, found Sea urchin stuck with one of it!

Adventure Registry

  • Bamboo Straws

    $ 1,000