Replenished water supply by Raleigh and Coca-Cola improves conditions in Kampung Lingkabungan

15th April 2016

Kampung Lingkabungan is a rural community of just 200 people in 26 households who depend on rain and river sources as their water supply to drink, cook and wash with. The village began when its nomadic ancestors relocated along the banks of the river Magandai several generations ago, where they now hunt, fish and practicing open land farming. Their main source of income comes from small rubber plantations as well as from growing sweet potatoes, rice, long beans, tapioca and fruits.

Safe drinking water and effective sanitation in communities are known to be key pre-requisites to improving poverty and further development. Lingkabungans’ limited supply was also under additional pressure due to the current heatwave and lack of rainfall across Sabah.

This collaboration marks a decade of support and the 46th project undertaken with Raleigh International as part of Coca-Cola’s “Clean Water for Communities” water replenishment programme. The aim of “Clean Water for Communities” programme is to increase access to water and also improve the overall productivity, safety and health of communities.

 

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Raleigh International, Coca- Cola, AFCS began this project in Lingkabungan in February 2016. It was supported by 35 Raleigh International young volunteers from Malaysia and all around the world who at the same time immersed themselves in learning about youth leadership and active citizenship. They lived in the village and working tirelessly with community members over the past 9 weeks. Together they have increased the water supply and access to sanitation for the community. They have achieved this through the completion of a new gravity fed water system and three new latrines for use of the whole community. It is hoped that this project will improve the opportunities for the community going forward and buffer against the impact of any future dry seasons.

“The new gravity feed, has improved water access and learning about saving water and hygiene has given us in Lingkabungan a new hope and chance for the future.” Chrizel, a community member, from Kampung Lingkabungan said.

The Raleigh International volunteers have also held workshops with the community in their village discussing water and sanitation and raising awareness on health issues such as waste management, water contamination, hygiene, hand washing and sanitation.

Brandon Charleston, Country Director of Raleigh Borneo said

“Raleigh International strongly believe that sustainable change comes from enabling and empowering communities. Feedback like Chrizel’s and the hard work shown by our young volunteers working with the Lingkabungan community and partners has achieved just this.

The challenge is to support the more remote and poorer areas and communities in Sabah, a significant number who still lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Research evidence from the United Nations Environments Programme, demonstrates a clear link to poverty and its alleviation. We fully support the work of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In this case. Goal 6 that aims to achieve ‘availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’.

We must also remember that women and children often spend considerable time and effort collecting water for their families’ use. Sufficient and easy access allows more time for other work, study or rest.

I’m immensely proud that through our work at Raleigh and with such great support from partners like Coca-Cola and AFCS we are able to address this together head on. I’m looking forward to continuing our work with Coca-Cola and to do all we can to give many more communities access to safe water and sanitation in the future.

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Kadri Taib, Coca-Cola Malaysia’s Public Affairs and Communications Director added
“Since the “Clean Water For Communities” project began, Coca-Cola has provided nearly RM850,000 in funding to support rural communities in Sabah with the latest funding of US$40,000 to continue to project until next year (2017). The initiative has refreshed the quality of life for nearly 16,000 people who can now enjoy the basic necessity of having clean water piped into their homes or village for daily use.”

“Coca-Cola intends to return to communities and nature an amount of water equivalent to what is used in our beverages and their production by 2020 and we are working toward water balance through diverse, locally focused community water projects and one of the ways we are doing so is by improving safe access to water and sanitation which also helps to improve local livelihoods, help communities adapt to climate change and improve water quality.”

“Water is one of life’s most crucial necessities and we often take having immediate access to it for granted. We want these villagers to also have the convenience of having water channelled directly into their homes, which allows them more time and energy to devote to other productive activities,” added Kadri.

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