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Mah Sing Foundation and Hopes Malaysia collaborates to bring salvation to the rural communities of Sabah

The Sustainable Livelihoods Project 2020, a RM222,000 project aims to bring sustainable socioeconomic impact to the communities in Kota Belud, Sabah

KOTA KINABALU Mah Sing Foundation (MSF) has once again joined hands with Hopes Malaysia (Hopes) for the Sustainable Livelihood Project 2020 to show continual support to the socio-economic development of rural communities.

To enhance lives, especially those of under-served communities in Sabah, MSF strives an on-going commitment to improve their standard of living, creating pathways for sustainable livelihood where there is better health and safety of rural communities.

This project is seen to be particularly crucial for farmers due to the severe impact of the recent Movement Control Order. This has caused a reduction in their income and food supply, where many of these families are often large scale.

“This project will allow for these families to rebound from the adverse impact of the pandemic by fully realising their potential and becoming self-sustainable. By empowering these villagers through this community-based project, they will be able to achieve better livelihood that will significantly aid to ease their burden.”

– Hopes Malaysia’s Founder and Executive Director, Sam Lee

With the aid of Hopes, a non-profit organisation, the project aims to target 50 households with RM222,000 on Sabah farmers that are mostly from the Kampung Bokilong, Kampung Podos and Kampung Kaung Ulu areas.

The project focus on addressing the five main concerns of the villagers; the community’s public safety and accessibility, education and empowerment, sustainable agriculture and environment development, food security and better livelihoods, and community socio-economic development.

The Sustainable Livelihood Project 2020 started in June and will take five months to complete. It will be done through 3 phrases.

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Villagers of Kampung Kaung Ulu cleaning up the surrounding area of the suspension bridge

The first phrase is the repairs of the 86-meter suspension bridge, Kampong Kaung Ulu’s only passageway, and preparation of the agricultural land. The second phrase is the sowing of seeds and education of sustainable farming to villagers. The third phase is the harvesting, where the crops will be sold at the markets in Kota Kinabalu.

The Sustainable Livelihood Project 2020 is a continuation of the Mega Scale Gravity Water Project 2019, a past project by MSF and Hopes. It was a project that focuses on bringing sustainable and clean water to five villages in Kota Belud.

Another one of their successful joint projects is the Kampung Tudan Mushroom Cultivation Project in 2018.