Many hands make light work: Why are we helping to build a Rural Electrical Workshop in Sungai Magandai? – Part 1

9th July 2016

Skills and Livelihoods



Sustainable Development Goal:
• Goal 4.4 – By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

In comparison to other states in Malaysia, rural poverty in Sabah is significantly higher. This coupled with the fact that over 40% of Sabah’s indigenous population are self-employed provides sound evidence for the need to work with remote communities to enhance their livelihoods and encourage entrepreneurship. Providing a reliable source of energy for communities like Sungai Magandai can meet such an aim. Firstly, through the availability of a light source at night time communities can enhance their productivity outside of daylight hours. Secondly the availability of charging facilities for mobile phones means that community members can communicate and stay in touch with other individuals both in neighboring villages and urban centers, creating links and networks to further entrepreneurial projects.


Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal:
• Goal 4.6 – By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.

Borneo_Blog_SDGIt is projected by the United Nations Development Program, that around 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills. In a report published by UNDESA it was stated that access to “electricity facilitates both improved quantity and quality of studying.” This, they state, can be directly correlated with improved educational outcomes for literacy.
By working with the community to build a Rural Electrical Workshop in Sungai Magandai, it is hoped that children from the village may have improved access to education through the availability of electricity during non-daylight hours.


Affordable and Clean Energy

BOR_16E_RP_C_A1_SungaiMagandai-19 Sustainable Development Goals:
• Goal 7.1 – By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.

The United Nations states that: ‘Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.’ Building a Rural Electrical Workshop in Sunagi Magandai may well improve livelihoods and educational outcomes, but what about the wider ramifications on the environment?
Currently, households in Sungai Magandai rely on generators to provide electricity. This source of energy is not only unreliable but the fuel needed to power the generators is costly and causes localized air pollution. The solar panels that will be installed on top of and manufactured inside of Sungai Magandai’s Rural Electrical Workshop will provide a clean and sustainable energy supply to the village. This will neutralize any negative impact on the environment whilst providing the community with a reliable energy source.


To learn more about Sungai Magandai check out our next Blog: Many hands make light work: Why are we helping to build a Rural Electrical Workshop in Sungai Magandai? – Part 2

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