In 2004 Raleigh built a Kindergarten in Tiong. Over the years the structure has become a bit run down and is need of TLC to continue to serve the children of the community. It also needs a toilet (tandas) building next to it.
A warm welcome awaits you..
The project was identified by Raleigh in partnership with a small grassroots NGO called PACOS (Partners of Community Organisations in Sabah). PACOS is a community-based organisation dedicated towards promoting indigenous peoples rights through promotion of infrastructure in communities including improving access to education for rural communities.
We will be working directly with the local community, with work including repairing the bowed flooring, repairing the leaking roof, completing the ceiling, painting both inside and out, and if time and budget allow it, a new toilet for the kids to use and laying additional piping to increase the supply of water for the gravity-fed water system in place.
The villagers gave us such a warm welcome, immediately feeding us with traditional Dusun (the local tribe) food which we all ate together in the kindergarten. We then met the Pusakang President Christopher, the village head Loidah and many other interested locals. We spent the next day and a half discussing the project plans, checking out the venturers’ accommodation, and getting to know our way around the village. On our final night we were invited for dinner with our host Juliana and about 30 of her family and friends!
On top of the kindergarten repairs, there are also lots of opportunities for cultural exchange, including a 24 hour homestay (the villagers are already deciding which families can “adopt” a venturer for a day!), teaching English, helping the villagers at their farms, organising a sports day for the local kids, and a cultural evening of learning traditional Malaysian and English dances (Macarena anyone?!).
PMs: Tamzin, Eva and Chris, and Fieldbase Officer Fiona