Hopes Malaysia (HOPES) is an emerging civil society organization (CSO) at National Level (Malaysia) registered by 11 board members that focusing on community development projects to meet the basic needs of the underprivileged rural community.
HOPES work hard to keep a close engagement communities we operate in, to clarify our stance as a CSO and focus on meeting the basic needs in underprivileged rural communities.
We are now, more than ever focus on “Sustainable Development” in underprivileged rural communities, leading them to become a self-sustainable community in the long term future from addressing rural communities’ basic needs, to improving their socioeconomic status and quality of life.
Our vision is to pursuing our believes to Break the Cycle of Poverty by contributing to more sustainable community work communities we operate in, for a meaningful long term change. The 3 most important components that we hold firm in HOPES’s operations, “Sustainable + Impact + Practical"
Looking back, we didn’t know HOPES would grow into what it is today. 2 years ago, I decided to take myself out of my comfort zone to try start something. Together with my working partner, Khay Inn; we naively hatched the idea of starting a NGO from Sabah that can run sustainably. We were idealist that wanted our NGO and our projects to be sustainable.
Combining our knowledge, mine being a marketer, and hers being strategic thinking, we spent more than six months meeting a range of NGOs. From the big international names, midsize NGOs, local Sabahan NGOs to West Malaysian NGOs. We have even travelled to Ba'kelalan at Maligan Highlands of Limbang in Sarawak to learn about the operations of micro hydro.
We observed that NGOs are creative and good at starting something, but more than often the problem arises with maintenance and making sure a project or system implemented can function properly. When we started HOPES, we have big ambitions to do up many projects but the reality is, we need to ensure our projects run long term with proper research and planning. That is why, HOPES do not expand a wide footprint; rather we grow deeply rooted in each community we work with.
With HOPES growing strength to strength, we’ve learn to be more creative and bolder in overcoming challenges. Along this two years journey, we are lucky to have attracted multiple talents who believe in our values to be sustainable and willingly share their knowledge. We are honoured to have people from many different backgrounds assisting us, be it in law, engineering, finance or agriculture industry. The encouragement we receive fuels our passion to keep moving forward with HOPES and help us believe in operating sustainable projects with rural communities. We want to be the first mover in the NGO industry in Sabah to help rural community self-sustain on a long term basis - “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”