Q1: How will my donation help the rural community?
Each donation helps us continue our efforts in creating meaningful long-term impact and improvements for underprivileged rural families in Sabah. Your donation will go towards empowering these communities; Hopes Malaysia does not provide cash (monetary) assistance to villagers, instead we provide the materials (such as seedlings, fish fry, etc.), skills and tools needed to assist them in farming and improving their livelihoods.
Your donation will provide villagers the means to revitalize their farm land, grow diverse crops, rear chicken and fish for self-consumption and give them food security. By encouraging communities to be self-sustainable, families are better prepared for food crises and pandemics, also reducing the dependency on short-term external aid. Ultimately, reaching our goal to reduce long-term poverty issues within the rural community and break the cycle of poverty for future generations. Your contribution will play a part in changing a family’s life and keeping their children in school.
Q2. How do we choose our beneficiaries (beneficiary assessment)?
To replicate the success of our small-scale sustainable farming model, it is important that beneficiaries (villagers) are required to fulfil criteria (11 step process) in order to achieve the desired end results:
Family background and needs check
Land suitability check. This is to assess the size and drainage (flood prone or not) of the potential farmland, and that it meets the required standards.
Village families propose their preference of crops to be grown
To prepare the land for farming and provide essential nutrients, the villager prepares a composted raised bed (Hugelkultur method). The beds are left to sit for a month as they fertilize the soil before growing vegetables.
Villager lists out the materials needed to set up the new farm. Farming materials include roofing, fencing, piping, seedling and accessories.
Materials arrive at the rural village (farming site) and the family starts setting up the farm within a period of 2 weeks.
Village farmers start sowing / growing vegetables and crops. This process takes between 3 – 6 months before proceeding.
Assessment of the beneficiary’s farm work up to date. We take into account the villager’s efforts; results of crops and harvests; farming issues faced; creativity in problem solving; and proactiveness in communicating and updating their work to us.
Well-performing villagers are selected to progress into other forms of sustainable farming. We distribute chicks and/or fish fry to motivate them further in their farming work, providing them a comprehensive farming system and diverse food base for self-consumption.
More farming materials arrive and the villager begins setting up their chicken coop / fish water tank. The beneficiary proceeds to rear fish / chickens for 6 – 8 months before reaching the outcome.
The beneficiary is self-sustainable, providing much needed benefits to their family. Hopes Malaysia continues to monitor and follow up on the villager’s farming progress. The villager is able to exchange knowledge / share their experience with other new villagers to continue replicating this farming model in other neighboring rural communities, with the aim of eventually breaking the rural poverty cycle.
Q3: Why is our beneficiary assessment important?
With the increasing amount of requests we get from rural families to join our projects, it is crucial to assess their needs and farming suitability before proceeding with their efforts. We aim to create long-term impact and benefits for the families, thus we need to ensure that the funds (donations, CSR) are spent on the right beneficiary (family) in order to fully reach Step 11 and sustainably improve their livelihoods for the future. We focus on delivering impactful results and helping the greatly underprivileged in the long-term.
Q4: When do we distribute the goods (farming materials / chicken / fish) to our beneficiaries?
Once your donation has been successfully processed, we will accumulate the collected donations and order the goods within X time. Once that is done, we will transport and distribute all goods in one go once to the rural villagers who have fulfilled all the requirements in our assessment process. Follow us online for progress updates of our projects.
Q4: How is the listed price of goods calculated?
The listed price of our goods for donation includes several factors such as handling-fee (bank transaction fee) and transport of goods to the rural areas (logistics arrangement to rural sites). All goods donated will go straight to the beneficiaries with an aim to improve their quality of lives.
Q5. Do I get a receipt for my donation?
Yes, each donation will be issued with a digital receipt from us. Do let us know if you require a receipt and we will email it to you. All receipts are issued to donors on a weekly basis.
Q6: How to track our progress?
For fresh updates about our community work and progress of the donations, do visit and follow us on our social media platforms where we update our work frequently.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Hopesmalaysia
Hopes Malaysia's Online Vegetables Store (Tamu Kita): www.facebook.com/Agriharapan
Hopes Malaysia's LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/samleechunhsien/
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any questions about your donation.