Ok..pardon our direct translation of "Tak kenal maka tak cinta" . This post is going to be about us getting to know our dearest villagers; breaking the ice, building rapport and bridging the gap.
Let's take it wayyy back to when it all started. Our first visit to Kampung Orang Asli, Bukit Dugang. Our determined Toyota Eco Youth team has been helping on improving the environment at the village these past few weeks in order to make it more lively.
But before all of that, our team went to the village early in the morning to conduct our first activity which is to get to know the villagers better. We conducted a survey asking basic questions about the amount, frequency of waste produced by the villagers and how they discard it.
The students were divided into a few groups of three. Each group consisting of a senior and two junior students. The students were given a few pieces of question papers to give them an idea of what to ask.
Replies we got from the villagers were as expected. They did reuse only a small number of their waste and did not exactly discard the rest of the waste in an eco friendly way. In order to make it easier for them to manage their waste, we provided them with three labelled baskets each for paper, plastic and aluminium.
The villagers were also told that the family who managed their waste the best gets an award at the end of the activity. They were told so to encourage them to practise the 3R rule which is reduce, reuse and recycle. By the end of the activity, the family who received the award was Encik Haikal’s family. They received a hamper from us with a smile as sweet as the candy that was in the hamper.
We decided to take a walk around the village to get to know the place a little better. The walk was simply to plan our next step which will be featured in our next blog! Stay tuned for more updates :)