PETALING JAYA: Media advocacy group The Babel Project will be embarking on a year-long overland journey from the United States to Malaysia as it strives to create common ground between different communities.
Its goal is to spread the message of unity in diversity and help local communities by engaging with local NGOs and community leaders.
The project, pioneered by Malaysian Vasan Lingan, will work with local non-governmental organisations to coach local community leaders in creating development projects based on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
The goals of the four-day coaching programme includes the eradication of poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality and clean water, among others.
“We live in a world that disagrees with each other.
"We are even conditioned to believe that that is the right way of living. We, at Babel, believe otherwise," said Vasan.
"Through our community outreach programmes in New York, we have seen for ourselves how communication with an open mind can bridge the gap that our fear of anything ‘foreign’ has created,” he said in a statement Thursday (May 30).
Starting July 1, the Babel Project will be travelling by land and sea across four continents and 59 countries.
The journey, starting in New York, will end in Kuala Lumpur by April 2020.
Vasan added that they will be creating documentaries from their journey that will be aired on a "leading online streaming channel".