involved in WHEE’s programs
(locals and tourists) benefited through WHEE’s community service efforts
reached through our talks, campaigns and workshops
RM 370, 000
value directly given back to locals through our efforts
(tourists and volunteers) participated in WHEE’s programs
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 SDGs
(UN Sustainable Development Goals)
- Educate locals on harmfulness of pesticides.
- Encourage locals to embrace agro-ecological methods in farming.
- Develop trails within the community.
- Train locals to run these activities.
- 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.