PETALING JAYA, 7 September 2018 – Global Peace Foundation Malaysia (Global Peace) and Nestlé Malaysia today joined hands to launch the Safe Water, Safe Communities project, aimed at providing clean water to underserved orang asli communities.
The initiative will engage five villages in Tasik Chini, Pahang, to install water filtration systems that will provide clean water to over 650 people. The water filtration systems use Swiss-designed technology approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which will remove bacteria and provide safe, ready-to-drink water to the communities.
Nirmalah Thurai, Executive Director of Group Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Malaysia, said, “Water is essential for life and access to clean, safe water is a basic human right, which is a necessity for communities to survive and thrive. However, there are rural communities in Malaysia with limited access to clean water due to their remote locations and inadequate equipment to purify their water.”
“We are pleased to embark on this project together with our partner Global Peace, which will enable us to help enhance the quality of life for these communities by providing sustainable clean water,” she added.
Dr. Teh Su Thye, Chief Executive Officer of Global Peace commented, “We are delighted to collaborate with Nestlé to spearhead this project in bringing clean water to the underserved orang asli communities. With Nestlé’s deep commitment on clean and safe water access, we hope that our partnership will be able to positively impact more communities and lives across Malaysia.”
The collaboration between Global Peace and Nestlé Malaysia will see the installation of water filtration systems in the communities, followed by community engagement activities and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) training for children and adults to raise awareness on the importance of personal hygiene and cleanliness.
The installation and community engagement activities will take place from September to December 2018.