Our very first house was completed on October 31, 2010. The decision to start building houses was made when we encountered houses like the one in the picture below. Sadly a man was living in that for almost 2 years. We didn’t want to do things the regular way where we hired someone to build the house for our recipient, instead we wanted to be involved in the entire process from A-Z. That’s when someone had an idea of making the building process totally “newb’ friendly, like LEGO.
The house that we built took a total of three days to complete with a team of 15. The photos in the picture below showcase the house in its different phases over 3 days. Speed was of importance because volunteers would not be able to spend any more time than a weekend and we did not want our tenants to be without a roof over their heads for too long.
Before this, we had 180 people of all ages(14-60+), races and faces interact with the residents of the Orang Asli village through games and an interview session to understand their needs and to learn about diferent lifestyles. This was a major feat and an important one where we proudly bridged two Malaysian communities who were totally different yet similar in so many ways.
Our very first projects were considerably humble, consisting of building two very simple toilets, and painting a fresh coat of white over 12 plain, concrete houses to bring a little brightness to their homes. We were pleasantly surprise by a positive turn up of over 60 people from all backgrounds. The realization that people were hungry and interested in helping others is what encouraged us to carry on till this point.