Malaysian Volunteers Help Indigenous Communities during the Pandemic

Naomi MacMurdie
April 3, 2020

Like other nations worldwide, Malaysian’s livelihoods and health are being compromised by the spread of COVID-19. Among them are the Orang Asli people (indigenous population) who rely on their work to feed their families and provide the most basic needs for survival, earning as little as RM300 (70USD) a month. The global pandemic has made them especially vulnerable, prohibiting them from traveling to their farms that are some distance away from their homes.

Volunteers with Global Peace Foundation Malaysia initiated a fundraiser to provide for these communities. With your help, volunteers are looking to raise RM50,000 by April 14 to provide for 1000 families, impacting 1,250 orang asli villagers across Pekan, Pahang to ease their burden during these trying times.

During these times of uncertainty, many of us are not able to do much other than to practice social distancing and stay at home. However, we can still support each other. Every little bit of help that you can give will provide immediate relief for those who are struggling and have been greatly impacted by this pandemic.

Each orang asli family will receive money to purchase essential food items that will last until the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) is lifted on April 14.

Essential food items include rice, flour, sugar, cooking oil, bihun, canned sardine, milk powder, biscuits and salt.

Global Peace Foundation has been working with underserved indigenous communities in the Pekan and Rompin districts in Pahang since 2016, working with over 70 villages on projects related to access to clean water, energy, and education. Learn more.

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