Many villagers in isolated areas of East Malaysia struggle to access water — 92-year old Gunsarob Garing is one of them.
Gunsarob lives in a remote village on Borneo Island in the Malaysian state of Sabah and until this year, getting fresh water required a difficult and time-consuming daily trek to a river several kilometers away since she did not have a suitable source of water near her home. A few months ago, her life changed as a result of a community water project led by Coca-Cola and Raleigh International, a British youth development organization.
Coca-Cola Malaysia collaborates with volunteers from Raleigh International to provide villagers like Gunsarob a sustainable supply of clean water through the construction of gravity-fed water supply systems. Using the force of gravity, water is transported by pipes to tapstands placed near the homes of the villagers. The community members are fully involved in the installation of the tanks and pipes and are taught how to maintain the system. This simple technology is saving Gunsarob and her fellow villagers from their daily trek up and down the mountain to access water.