The humble light bulb is something that is taken for granted by some of us but for the villagers in Kampung Pos Sinderut in Raub, Pahang, it wasn’t something that they had a lot of. A small remote village about 5 hours away from the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Kampung Pos Sinderut (Pos Sinderut Village) houses over 250 villagers in about 40 bamboo homes with zinc roofs. The basic necessities we enjoy, such as electricity, are not available to them due to their remote location.
In partnership with Incitement Malaysia, a 40-strong team from Experian Malaysia got together for their 2nd Liter of Light project. The Liter of Light is a global movement to bring solar-powered lights to remote areas throughout the world and organized by Incitement in Malaysia. They had a successful project a couple of years ago which brought lights to 51 families in Kampung Rako in Cameron Highlands and they wanted to continue that run, giving back to our communities, #PoweringOpportunities and helping others to create a better tomorrow.
The first day was spent building the actual solar-powered lights in an open space in Kuala Lumpur. Their team, along with engineers and crew from Incitement, spent the better part of a day putting together the lights – from the solar panels to the electrical wiring, to the construction of the final product. Their people were divided into different teams with different responsibilities, collaborating towards the final product which was then loaded into big 4WDs for the long journey to the village.
The second day saw the team waking up before the break of dawn to meet up at the office. When they were all accounted for, they took the 4WDs, hired by Experian to drive them on the 5-hour long journey through highways and rough terrain – uneven and dirt roads – to get to the village. The village of 250 people did not have electricity to all parts of the village, with most homes being built using bamboos for walls, with zinc roofs.
They spent the best part of a day setting up the lights in various parts of the village, with some the villagers taking part in the activities as well. Their teams were welcomed with glee by the children, with some taking breaks in the nearby river having a swim with them. As the sun came down, everyone took a minute to appreciate their efforts for the day, seeing the solar lights come on, shining brightly in the village, with the children loving every additional minute of play time they had now that they did not have to stop when the sun went down. The drivers whom they hired then prepared dinner for them and they all sat down to share a simple but scrumptious meal.
Once their bellies were full, they rested a while more by the river and started making their way back to the city. They ended up reaching the office past 2 in the morning and everyone was understandably exhausted but contented, knowing they had done something good.