A 15-acre plot of agricultural land with two beautiful rivers bordering it. The centre, located near Kampar, Perak will be utilised to provide agricultural training, research and development for the Orang Asli community.
Back in 1991, Malaysian Care began its outreach to some of the poorest communities in Malaysia using a Community Development approach.
Beginning in small ways, by God's grace it has grown steadily over the years. Now, after over 2 decades of working alongside the Orang Asli community, this ministry reaches out to communities in Central and South Perak, West Pahang, and the Klang Valley.
Our projects with the community consist water supply and sanitation, agriculture, handicraft, micro-finance, children and youth camps, community-based education programmes, and developing local capacities for leadership.
To build on these initiatives, Ladang MCare, a Community Development Extension Centre, was started in 2007. Its goal is to develop and implement sustainable agriculture and renewable energy technologies/techniques for higher economic value in a way that is adaptive with the Orang Asli's environment, maintains diodiversity and conserves natural forest.
To ensure that the local communities are empowered and able to sustain efforts, there is a strong focus on capacity-building and education. Since training began in 2010, close to 100 people have undergone our sustainable agriculture training. Majority were Orang Asli farmers followed by native community workers from Sabah and Sarawak. After the farmers had attended our courses, we provide extension services to them when they decide to begin similar project in their village. Currently, we are working with 26 villages.
EXPANSION OF LADANG MCARE
Having successfully begun the sustainable agriculture training, and with research and demonstration of various crops, livestocks and technologies on-going, we plan to embark on expansion project, consisting of:
i) Converting the existing office and accomodation building to a farm produce processing workshop
ii) Build new facilities for accommodation, classrooms and office space.
The expansion project which is targetted to commence in 2013 will cost around RM1 million. We plan to raise this amount from the fundraiser with Canticle Singers and through the generous givings of corporate sponsors and churches.