Poverty is widespread in Sabah. The continuing Covid-19 pandemic and rising cost of basic food have worsened the livelihoods of many already struggling rural families. In the over 74 scattered rural Kota Belud communities, food insecurity is a serious issue as most underprivileged families and their children are barely eating enough to survive each day.

Farming is one of the only means for rural families to make a living and eat, but due to poor farming conditions, it has become extremely challenging and brings little results. Most rural families are forced to spend their earnings on buying their daily food from shops, and those who cannot afford face health issues from poor diets, especially in children’s development.

The Challenges for Rural Families

Results With Hopes Malaysia’s Sustainable Farming Projects

  • Over 300 families have joined our growing sustainable farming initiatives to achieve long-term food security by sustainably growing a variety of crops..

  • Farmers from over 10 rural villagers have been empowered with the skills, knowledge and tools needed to start green, sustainable small-scale farming.

  • Rural families utilize our gravity water systems in their communities to ensure reliable water supply to their farms, even during droughts.

  • Through natural farming methods, such as vermicomposting and hügelkultur, crops are organically fertilised while reducing food waste and avoiding harmful farming practices.

  • Once families have excelled in crop farming, fish farming are introduced to provide households with reliable protein sources.

  • Having a constantly available food supply at home better prepares rural communities for food crises.

  • Lasting food self-sufficiency improves villagers’ health and enables families to have better futures and sustainable livelihoods.

What You Can Do To Help?

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Food security is a basic need for everyone; no person or child should go hungry. With your donations, we shall continuously extend our work to more underprivileged families across the 74 poverty-stricken villages in Kota Belud. Your support allows farmers to properly set-up their farms, naturally revitalise the environment and start sustainably farming fresh food for their families.

Farming materials, such as farm netting, seeds and black soil, also require essential funds while empowering the rural villagers. These materials are crucial for families to successfully farm – reducing hunger with zero wastage, while increasing their income and savings in the long-term.

Placing an immediate one-time or recurring donation will bring much-needed impact to families struggling to put food on their tables. We need your support to tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and provide rural communities with the means to start producing their own food for a better, sustainable future.

About Hopes Malaysia

Hopes Malaysia has been working to empower and uplift rural Sabah communities since 2016 via sustainable community development projects. With over 6 years of experience in the area, our CSO has made a meaningful difference in the lives of more than 10,000 in rural communities from over 12 villages in Kota Belud, Sabah. From basic needs to sustainable living, all aiming to break the cycle of poverty.