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The dreams and hopes of a family starts in their home. It is with this inspiring thought from President Lynn Wong (2018-2019) of the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur that led her club members to build and donate a house for an underprivileged indigenous (“orang asli) family in a village near Semenyih in the state of Selangor, Malaysia.
The village of Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Lalang has about 135 families with a population of 500. The orang asli population in Peninsular Malaysia is about 150,000 where over 10,000 orang asli are living in unsafe housing conditions, over 80% in need of housing aid, more than 30% in poverty and about 15% are hardcore poor.
In organising this new venture, Mrs Juanita Lee (Deputy National Representative 2018-2019) gathered 35 volunteers for the effort, with funding collected from club members and well-wishers. They included members from Inner Wheel Clubs of Kuala Lumpur, Intan Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh East and Klang and 25 other enthusiasts, from all walks of life such as homemaker, pharmacist, engineer, company CEO and college student. In an unbelievable three days from 26th to 28th October 2018, the house was built. Watch a video of the build at https://youtu.be/_ZD-YJQZ9-E
This house would be the home for the family of Paizat and Suri and their two pre-school children. In conversations with Paizat, who also had a hand in the building, he spoke of his next steps to make this house a home, that he will know his family is comfortably sheltered when he is away seeking work. The giggles and smiles on the face of their children as they playfully explored the completed house was memorable.
Many of the volunteers voiced their availability to return to build another house, another home.