Daily Diary: Day Four

Words by Hamza Delbar
Photos by Hamza Delbar

7.30 am: We started the day with our usual group breakfast

Today, in true Malaysian fashion, fried rice and egg was on the menu. Breakfast also spared us some time to set our schedule for the day.

8.30 am: Session with Mount Kinabalu guides

Seven guides came to the church we were staying for a session. They told us about the life and experiences of working as a guide at Mount Kinabalu. The guides described about how to handle climbers and making sure they are constantly safe. They also shared about how the lives through the earthquakes of 2015 where 18 people lost their lives on Mount Kinabalu were later on affected. The session ended in cheers and clapping by members of the ISO Sabah team to congratulate the mountain guides on the fantastic job that they do while not earning a lot.

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Puan Anne – The Heart of PACOS

Words by Hamza Delbar
Photos by Hamza Delbar

When the ISO Sabah team arrived at the PACOS Trust office in the village of Taman Flash Gordon, a charming lady who was very excited about our visit welcomed the team. Her name is Puan Anne Lasimbang and she is the executive director of PACOS Trust which is an NGO that is dedicated towards supporting the indigenous communities in Sabah. While introducing herself to the ISO Sabah team, she mentioned that she was a psychology student; and that intrigued me as I wondered what made her chose a path so far away from her educational background. So I decided to sit down with her to understand more and she said, “When I was young, I wanted to start a big business and be successful but my education also opened my eyes in a way I could understand the injustice that was happening in Sabah and I decided to do something about it”. However, she mentioned PACOS Trust does feel like a business with all the people she managed, including the school at the headquarters, the farm which is also located within the headquarters grounds and various other economic projects. “I see myself as a social entrepreneur and it gives me satisfaction to empower people and helping them achieve good things in life,” she said with a smile on her face. Continue reading “Puan Anne – The Heart of PACOS”

PACOS Trust: At the Heart of Sabah

Words by Hamza Delbar
Photos by Hamza Delbar

Today, we had the immense pleasure of meeting with the non-governmental organisation (NGO) that will be accompanying us throughout most of our journey in Sabah, especially in the rural areas.

DSC_0109Puan Anne, the executive director and Nasiri, a PACOS Trust employee welcoming us to the PACOS Trust headquarters

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