Fresh scent of cultivated crops fills the air on the 15-acre land, bordered by 2 beautiful rivers, 10km from the Chenderiang town in Perak. This is Ladang Care, where we engage in a long-term developmental effort with the Orang Asli community. And we are expanding this Community Development Extension Centre!
The Orang Asli are among the poorest in Malaysia with 50% living below the poverty line. Agricultural activities have always been their main form of sustenance. Whilst commercial agriculture has aided in alleviating poverty, the side-effect of biodiversity loss and degradation of natural forests is detrimental. By easing the problem of poverty, another bigger issue is actually looming when the environment is being compromised.
Our Community Development Extension Centre conducts Sustainable Agriculture training, researches and demonstrates cultivation of various crops, livestock and technologies.
The majority of our trainees in the sustainable agriculture courses were Orang Asli farmers and native community workers from Sabah and Sarawak. Some farmers have taken the seed of knowledge to be nurtured back in their own village and we are with them step-by-step. Currently, we are working with 31 villagers in Perak and Pahang, and are planning to extend the services to East Malaysia.
We have just completed the constructions of 5 new buildings to increase the lodging and classroom facilities so that we can train more Orang Asli farmers. New buildings are:
- Family Block 1
- Family Block 2
- Male Dormitory
- Female Dormitory
- Community Block
We have also been running a supplementary and indigenous education program in Ladang Care for the Orang Asli children. The expansion also features a community education development centre as well.
You can take part in empowering the Orang Asli community through the Ladang Care endeavour and all contributions are tax-exempted. Donate now!