KOTA KINABALU: Villagers in Kampung Tudan on the foothills of Mount Kinabalu are set to get proper water supply as youth NGOs joined forces to assist in putting up a new water catchment system.
The primarily rubber tapping community in the village in Kota Belud district has been hit with water shortages since the 2015 Mount Kinabalu earthquake.
HOPES Malaysia Welfare Association in collaboration with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Tanjung Aru and Hunger Movement have raised money through a campaign “#KampungTudan Contribute RM20” to carry out the RM70,000 project.
According to a project spokesman, a total of RM 21,188 was raised through an event sponsored by Imago Shopping centre, Instant Exhibitions (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, Creative Advertising & Event Sdn Bhd and My Art Studio while volunteers from JCI Tanjung Aru, Hunger Movement and other individuals helped out over the last three weekends.
In addition, multiple corporations, including Sabah Development Bank Berhad, WSG Properties Sdn Bhd, CMW Engineering Corporation Sdn Bhd Aluminium YS Sdn Bhd and Mari Jari Spa donated the funds.
The organisers hope to get more to donations to kick off the project by July.
HOPES Malaysia, a non-governmental organisation founded by Sam Lee and Poh Khay Inn, aims to get the new water catchment started in July and has identified a safe natural water source that will be connected by a 2km pipe to the village’s refurbished water tanks.
The spokesman said that they hoped to get the project done in the first two weeks of July with volunteers from JCI Tanjung Aru and Hunger Movement and the villagers themselves.
They also need to monitor the new water system over a period in a year.
The spokesman expressed hoped that more members of the public and corporations come forward to volunteer or sponsor the construction.
For more information on Kampung Tudan Community Project, call Sam Lee (016-811 7838) or Poh Khay Inn (017-933 3696) or Jack Lee Vun Zac (016-897 3057) from JCI Tanjung Aru.
Public can also visit their website at http://hopesmalaysia.wixsite.com/hopesmalaysia/kampungtudan