Ayu is a 25-year old orang asli of the Jakun tribe. Her village is located deep in an oil palm plantation and she lives there with her husband and two sons, Adanial (9) and Alfoyu (4).
Her village relies on a well for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and washing. At times the water is not enough, especially during the drought season, so she fetches water from the swamp instead. The water there is a rusty, reddish brown; it has a bad smell and taste despite her best efforts to filter it with a cloth sieve and boiling it.
Adanial has been hospitalised twice for severe stomach pain. He threw up everything he ate and fainted from weakness and dehydration. The doctors diagnosed it as parasitic worm infections, likely caused by drinking untreated water.
Knowing this, Ayu still has no choice but to continue using the well and swamp water for her family’s daily use. Every day she is physically burdened with the task of fetching water several times a day. Every night, she is emotionally strained with worry over which of her children will fall sick next.
When asked why she didn’t consider leaving the village, she says, “My mother was born here, my grandmother was born here, and generations of my ancestors were born here. This is where I belong and this is where my children and their children will continue to live long after I’m gone.”
For Ayu and many other orang asli in the interiors of Pahang, water is an issue trapping them in an endless cycle of hardship and poverty. We ask for your help to break the cycle, giving them a chance to improve their quality of life by first addressing this most basic of needs, clean water.
Water System Installation
LifeStraw Family 2.0 water filters for 10 houses (RM550 x 10 = RM5,500)
Water laboratory tests (RM800 x 1 = RM800)
Training, Materials, & Documentation
Community development training (RM500 x 1 = RM500)
WASH training (RM500 x 2 = RM1,000)
Community Engagement (RM500 x 1 = RM500)
Focus group and assets mapping
Monitoring and evaluation
International shipping and taxes (RM500 x 1 = RM500)
Travelling and accommodation (RM900 x 2 = RM1,800)
We aim to raise RM 10,600 to help 50 families in Muadzam Shah and Chini orang asli villages with access to clean water and WASH training.
Any funds raised in excess of target amount will be channelled to fund our other community development initiatives:
All-Lights: RM360 for a d.light D330 home solar system for 1 house
Sports for Youth: Purchase of sports equipment to promote play and healthy child development
Community Empowerment: Community-led activities and discussions to enable the orang asli to be changemakers of their own lives
The orang asli community is plagued by waterborne diseases, parasitic worms infection, and diarrhoea from consuming untreated water. Children and adults alike suffer from skin rashes and itchiness due to bathing with the unclean water.
Communities Unite for Purewater (CUP) is a community-driven initiative that aims to uplift the welfare of rural and underserved communities through the provision of clean water and WASH training. Read more: https://globalpeace.org.my/communities-unite-for-purewater/
This clean water initiative begins with addressing the pressing needs of the community revolving around water, sanitation, and hygiene. In the long run, we will continue to engage the community through assets-based community development to uplift and improve their lives, ultimately working towards community empowerment.