Nenek Jamilah is a Jakun Orang Asli living deep in an oil palm plantation in Pahang. Her husband has long passed away so she lives alone. Despite being in her 70s, she still works as a rubber tapper, earning RM60-70 every two weeks.
She spent RM25 of her hard-earned money to buy a USB rechargeable lamp for use at night. Although she is pleased with it, she still has to ask for help to charge it and if it burns out, she’ll have to endure long nights by candlelight until she can save enough money for another one.
According to the World Energy Outlook 2017, the Orang Asli make up the highest population in Malaysia living without access to electricity, numbering about 297,000. Global Peace has been working with underserved communities for the past three years, impacting 43 villages to date through community development projects.
Nenek Jamilah, like many other Orang Asli in Pahang, still do not have access to electricity. As a result, they resort to burning oil lamps or palm kernel bonfires that emit a lot of smoke, burning the eyes and making it hard to breathe. Otherwise, they are forced to spend what little money they have on short-term solutions like batteries, power banks, and fuel-powered generators.
The Orang Asli communities that we work with earn around RM200 to RM800 a month, they fall within the bottom B40 group and some are living below the national poverty line. With little resources and no access to electricity, they have to turn to energy solutions that pose a health hazard and take up a hefty chunk of their income.
We ask for your help to improve their quality of life and relieve their financial burden by providing solar energy that is environmentally-friendly and sustainable.
Your donation will go towards providing each family with a home solar system that powers one tube lighting and two light bulbs. The battery pack can also be used to charge mobile phones and small electronical devices like flashlights and radios.
The funds collected will be used for the Orang Asli villages around Chini and Muadzam Shah in Pahang, which are among the most underserved communities in Malaysia.
Goal 1 - Home solar system and installation material for a community of up to 15 families.. Amount Needed: MYR4,000
Goal 2 - Community engagement and training supplies. Amount Needed: MYR1,000
Thank you to everyone who donated to support our cause so far! We are still gearing to achieve the goal of RM5,000 as we would like to support an entire village with solar energy.
In the meantime, we have been helping out Pak Long's family from Kampung Teraling by repairing their existing solar system and purchasing a lamp for his children so they can study at night. His daughter, Ayuni, is sitting for her PT3 examinations end of September.
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Raised of MYR 5,000.00 target.
Global Peace Foundation Malaysia is part of an international peace movement that believes the power of one human family can ease conflict in the world. Our initiatives include programmes to develop communities in need, inspire educators, and empower youth.
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