*An article written by National Program Manager : Susan Wong
On 26 March 2014, the Kampung Orang Asli Paya Lebar, a village located in the sub-district of Kuala Langat, Selangor along the quiet Sungai Lui, was visited by a socially responsible corporate team. That, in fact, was not the first visit by the P& G Malaysia who poured out resources – financial and labour – to build and restore dwellings of the village’s indigenous people community, collaborating closely with Habitat for Humanity Malaysia (HFH Malaysia), over a span of the recent nine months. And finally, P&G Home Dedication was upon us!
The story began about a year ago when dialogue ensued between HFH Malaysia and P&G Malaysia about alleviating whole families from living in deplorable conditions. Based on the village informal needs assessment, housing needs ranks among the highest of compelling cases requiring early assistance. As population continues to increase, the 36 houses concentrated on 14 acres of land have become inadequate.
In true philanthropic spirit, P&G Malaysia soon became a willing partner of Habitat Malaysia, injecting USD20,000 into implementing Kampung Orang Asli Paya Lebar build project comprising one new build, three repairs and three rehabilitations. Activities started to take off the ground in mid-2013. Volunteers and beneficiary home partners alike, have enjoyed getting their hands dirty while systematically carrying out construction and restoration works.
On P&G Home Dedication Day, all hard work and commitment fuelled by tremendous generosity paid off when on every doorstep of either a new or upgraded home, families smile widely and beamed in gratitude as they bashfully thanked HFH Malaysia and our valuable corporate sponsor who surprised families further with gift hampers of assorted P&G products.