25 Aug Water For Life: Kampung Jongok Batu
Over 150 families that live in Kampung Jongok Batu and Kampung Belimbing in Dungun, Terengganu suffer from lack of clean water supply. They used to depend on the water that came from a nearby dam, however it failed to channel water efficiently as the pipes connected to it was damaged. It is evidently clear that water is one of the prime elements responsible for life on earth with two thirds of the earth’s surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 75 percent of it. Water circulates through the land just as it does through the human body, transporting, dissolving, and replenishing nutrients and organic matter, while carrying away waste material. An average adult body contains 42 litres of water and with just a small loss of 2.7 litres he or she can suffer from dehydration, displaying symptoms of irritability, fatigue, nervousness, dizziness, weakness, headaches and consequently reach a state of pathology. This just shows how important water is to a human being.
PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) volunteers worked together along with Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and the villagers to restore the water infrastructure and install 200-gallon water tanks in 35 homes in Kampung Jongok Batu and Kampung Belimbing.
We arrived at Bandar Al Muktafi Billah Shah to have our lunch before we checked in to a hotel and rest for the day. Our activities started early the following day. We were deep inside the forest by 9am, and we were split into 2 groups. You can choose to stay around the village area or go uphill to clean the dam. I chose the latter.
Those that stayed back participated in a half-day long engagement programme with 55 pupils from SK Kampung Jongok Batu and SK Kampung Syukur – where the PETRONAS Young Professionals Club provided school bags and accessories to the pupils. The hike up took a while but as soon as we reach the top, the view was breathtaking and I was filled with adrenaline rush. I also managed to suck in a lot of oxygen, more than what my body needed because getting fresh air in the city is nearly impossible! Basically the volunteers cleaned the existing water dam, and cleared out most of the leaves and branches from falling trees.
We used shovels to dig deep into the dam to remove the sand, it wasn’t easy but with everyone working together, we managed to dig up all of the rocks, sand and leaves from the dam. To ensure that the water tanks would be installed properly, to bring cleaner water to the villagers. I loved the atmosphere; everybody was getting down and dirty for this. Everybody became one entity; nobody was more or less than the other. Overall, this was another good experience and I’m glad I could give back to the society and make a difference.
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