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Published: Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 7:46:05 AM

Joint project to build and repair houses benefits orang asli

P&G employees building a new home for one of the settlers in Kampung Paya Lebar last year in July last year.

P&G employees building a new home for one of the settlers in Kampung Paya Lebar last year in July last year.

PROCTER & Gamble (P&G) Malaysia, together with Habitat for Humanity Malaysia, returned to Kampung Paya Lebar, Hulu Langat, Selangor for the completion of their first local collaboration to build a house and repair seven others in the orang asli village.

The project’s completion was marked by the handover of keys to a homeowner, Awi.

The collaboration is part of P&G and Habitat for Humanity’s global partnership to fund construction, repairs and cleaning of houses in 12 countries.

Present at the key presentation ceremony were P&G country chief executive officer (Malaysia and Singapore) Nicolas de La Giroday and communications leader (Malaysia and Singapore) Zulhaimi Abdul Hamid and other employees.

Habitat for Humanity Malaysia was represented by national programme manager Susan Wong and programme coordinator Joanne Sim.

“Projects such as this are close to our heart as they allow us to come together as an organisation and personally contribute our time and effort in touching the lives of those in need,” said de La Giroday.

P&G contributed RM60,000 towards the first project partnership, which included the construction of a house and the repair for seven others.

Awi and Wandy receiving the key to their home from Nicolas de la Giroday, Country CEO for P&G Malaysia and Singapore.
Nicholas de la Giroday presenting a mock key to Awi and his wife, Wandy.

Habitat for Humanity, a non-governmental housing organisation, was established in the US in 1976 and has been operating in Malaysia since 1998.

It partners with organisations to provide housing to underprivileged groups and families, including the orang asli and communities from different ethnic groups in Malaysia.

The organisation has to-date helped more than four million people around the world.

The partnership that began in August last year will see approximately 3,000 P&G employees volunteering alongside Habitat for Humanity to either build or improve the homes of those in need.

“In addition to providing funding and volunteers, P&G turned to its strength and shared household items from their top brands that can help families turn their new houses into homes,” said Wong.

A second collaboration to build homes for a community in Sarawak is under way.

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