IWC KL Completes The Water Poverty Project

Posted by | Dec 20, 2021 |

Inner Wheel Club Of Kuala Lumpur Completes The Water Poverty Project

Access to safe water without any discrimination, is a fundamental human right. However, this was not the case for the indigenous people of Kampung Leleh, a village near Lanchang, in the heartland of the state of Pahang. For years, the Temuan tribe had endured never-ending water woes, sometimes for up to 6 months without any clean water supply.

Taking cognizance of their plight, Dato’ Lee Chung Han, son of Past National Representative Juanita Lee, through his vehicle, the SMGB Group, and the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur (IWCKL) worked together to provide them with 2 tube wells in early 2021. The tube wells have a combined rate of 1,100 gallons per hour, and come with a filtration system that ensures the water quality complies with the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health’s drinking water standards. This project was initiated during Immediate Past President Caylize Ong-Sabado’s term. Delivery of water filters had to be put on hold due to interstate travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 30th November, 10 members of the Club, helmed by President Jinny Lum, made the 2-hour journey to deliver the 95 water filters, one for each family. In addition, there were goodie bags for the children, 200 cans of Beryls Cocoa Powder, Korean sweets and jeans from Nichi. Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, both President Jinny and the Tok Batin of Kampung Leleh gave a short but heartfelt speech. The children gleefully peered into their respective bags to see what gifts await them. The members of Club were suitably impressed too to see the set-up of the tube wells. The water gushing out was cool and oh so invigorating.

To IWCKL members and other big-hearted donors who sponsored all the 95 water filters and contributed towards the tube wells, as well as PNR Juanita for her tireless effort, a huge thank you to all. Such a difference this gesture has made to the well-being of these villagers. The smiles on their weather-beaten faces say it all.

To SMGB Group, they have fulfilled a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility, and more. Sustainable farming methods employed and entrepreneurial skills encouraged, not to mention a well-equipped Community Hall built. These are testaments to their efforts towards the betterment of the lives of the villagers.

A project brought forward from IPP Caylize’s term has come to a close. Salute to IWCKL!

Lena Chua