About Us

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Who are WHEE

 

WHEE is an initiative that advocates the sustainability of rural communities by facilitating entrepreneurial development and organizing volunteering activities.

As an organization, we do not limit ourselves to only one single cause or one beneficiary. Our mission is to facilitate growth, and we do just that with both the rural communities and volunteers with work with, as well as our team.
WHEE work hard to commit to communities long-term, tailoring programs and activities to suit their needs at the time.

 

Our Story

 

WHEE was incubated on Dec 23, 2014 under eHomemakers and with the help of a Malaysian government grant. Previously, WHEE’s founder, Rhonwyn, was an intern under eHomemakers working on their Bario project, which focused on upskilling the local women to run their own micro-businesses, become community guides and learn to do data-entry. After this project ended, she took over with WHEE, which was supposed to be the last phase of the eHomemakers Bario project.

With Rhonwyn at the helm, WHEE was carried out as a 9-month project to teach English to the local women as part of their progression to becoming community guides. After a successful first year with lots of good feedback from both volunteers and locals, the WHEE team decided to continue its mission in Bario – moving away from the initial program of just teaching English to becoming its own initiative focusing on rural community development, and impacting the lives of many more rural communities and volunteers alike.

 

Our Mission and Vision

 

WHEE was incubated on Dec 23, 2014 under eHomemakers and with the help of a Malaysian government grant. Previously, WHEE’s founder, Rhonwyn, was an intern under eHomemakers working on their Bario project, which focused on upskilling the local women to run their own micro-businesses, become community guides and learn to do data-entry. After this project ended, she took over with WHEE, which was supposed to be the last phase of the eHomemakers Bario project.

With Rhonwyn at the helm, WHEE was carried out as a 9-month project to teach English to the local women as part of their progression to becoming community guides. After a successful first year with lots of good feedback from both volunteers and locals, the WHEE team decided to continue its mission in Bario – moving away from the initial program of just teaching English to becoming its own initiative focusing on rural community development, and impacting the lives of many more rural communities and volunteers alike.

 

How We Align Ourselves with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

Organic farming promotion

  • Educate locals on harmfulness of pesticides.
  • Encourage locals to embrace agro-ecological methods in farming.

Eco-tourism development

  • Develop trails within the community.
  • Train locals to run these activities.

Policy alignment

  • Collect data about farmers.
  • Data is used in policies such as fair wages, food security, agro-ecology.

Climate change education

  • Raise awareness of importance of protecting the environment.
  • Educate locals on waste management.