SHELL Malaysia awarded grants worth RM294,000 to six organisations carrying out eight sustainable development projects under its Shell Sustainable Development Grants programme.
UK Marine Conservation Society received RM42,000 for a project on abalone fishing as an alternate source of livelihood for fishing communities in Sabah and RM79,600 for combating destrustive fishing in Sabah, using an innovative acoustic system.
Enactus Universiti Utara Malaysia received RM9,400 for BACK2BAG project (a project that transforms unused plastic bags into attractive marketable products utilising a handicapped workforce) and RM10,500 for the 4NATURE project (a project to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides amongst farmers by using organic fertilisers).
Caring Community Centre received RM41,900 for the C3 learning centre, which provides tuition classes to needy children, while Land Empowerment Animals People received RM40,700 for the three-year Community Abai project to increase revenue for villagers through eco-tourism, forest restoration and the protection of forest habitats and wildlife.
SK (2) Damansara Jaya Parent-Teacher Association received RM12,000 for rainwater harvesting incorporating a fish pond while Biji Biji received RM58,000 for Empowering comunities in need to produce green produst and to help communities build sustainable livelihoods.
Shell Malaysia chairman Iain Lo said that as a responsible operator and partner, Shell supported community programmes which could have a positive and lasting impact.
“We work in partnership to create projects that deliver sustainable benefits. We believe we have a role to play in meeting Malaysia’s aspirations for sustainable growth,” said Lo at the grant presentation in Hilton Kuala Lumpur.
Natural Resources and Environment minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, who presented the grants together with Lo, said to-date, Shell had awarded about RM3mil in Sustainable Development Grants for the past six years.
“This programme has grown to become a true testament of progress that can be achieved when corporations, NGOs, the government and community work hand-in-hand,” he said.
Biji Biji Initiative co-founder Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, who was glad to be given the grant, said they had a centre in Taman Rainbow, off Jalan Ipoh, where about 20 people live.
“We get recyclable materials such as car seat belts, plastics and musical instruments and turn the discards into sellable decorative art,” he said.