I have been to this place 20 years ago but my memory of it has faded over time. Two years ago, I rediscovered this place when I brought my non-Malaysian friend there for a visit. Without much expectation other than knowing it is a fishing village located on a mangrove island, I found, to my great surprise, that this place has a sense of hospitality and warmth (from its inhabitants) that we, urban dwellers, have abandoned. Since then, I decided to do something for this village.
The website www.designforgood.my presents the project that I have started from my teaching of Sustainable Design subject. It has since been upgraded as an internal-grant research project which led to cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaboration with a few Selangor Exco offices, Kampung Sungai Lima Village Community Management Council as well as Malaysian Nature Society and School of Hospitality from Sunway University. It is a long-term social innovation project that aims at the sustainable development of the village.
On the website, we present the details of the project, including some facts about the village, its culture, the challenges it faces, and potential solutions to its problems. On-going activities will also be posted. By persistently updating on this website, we are not only sharing our research findings with the public but, more importantly, we are hoping for future collaboration with researchers and volunteers who share the same vision as us. We want to bring our knowledge and expertise together to make a real impact to the community and its environment.
You can visit the website here!