What are Pathfinders?
Have you ever wanted to get a glimpse into the life of someone else? Through understanding someone's aspirations and struggles, we can best find ways to mutually support each other. Join us on our journey to better inform the world and its decisions to build a more co-operative and resilient future for all.
EPIC is recruiting Pathfinders - individuals who are looking to use their time and skills to communicate with everyday people on the ground, gathering important information to pave the way forward for communities to develop.
What's our purpose?
Explore a hidden part of Malaysia through the lenses of the Orang Asli families of Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Lalang. With the villagers' guidance, you’ll be seeking to understand their current living conditions together with a team of passionate volunteers like yourself.
The information you gather and relationships you build will become a basis for us to work together with these families to support them in achieving a higher quality of life - on their terms. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy beautiful sceneries, explore a culture different to your own, and be part of an Epic community.
We welcome everybody to join us as a Pathfinder! Although there are some qualities that would help you become a supporter of this particular community:
Prior experience is not required. We’ll equip you with the necessary skills with a training session on Friday, 20th of April, a couple of days before you head out to the village to apply them on the Sunday, 22nd of April. The journeys we embark on are often made worthwhile by the people we take them with, so grab a friend or two and join us for a weekend of learning, experience and fun.
What will we be doing?
A morning-long engagement in an Orang Asli village where you’ll be meeting the villagers - people with their own unique cultures and aspirations. Their way of life often comes to a shock for most city folk, but as we dive deeper into their culture we’ll discover that we have so much to learn from them.
Prior to actually going to the village, we will be having a casual get-together where we'll conduct basic cultural training about Orang Asli culture, and hands-on technical skills related to community & home assessment which will be very important in ensuring the information we gather can be put to good use. We will be conducting discussions and activities related to cultural humility, communication & listening, critical thinking, and development, just to name a few.
Last but not least, expect a fulfilling experience of meeting new people and learning how to work together to do something EPIC for your community.
What's the itinerary?
The pathfinding mission will happen on the 20th and 22nd of April. The following is our itinerary:
20th April - Pathfinder briefing and training
Location: @The Collective 20, Jalan PJS 11/18, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor @8 pm
22nd April - Meeting with the villagers
The villagers are getting together to talk to us about housing issues - where we will be documenting their inputs and details for delivery of housing support.
Location: Kampung Sungai Lalang, Semenyih
Departure @The Collective at 7.00am OR Departure @The University of Nottingham @8.00am
We will be carpooling to the village on Sunday.
For any enquiries, please contact our liaison:
We hope to accomplish these outcomes:
1. Create deeper ties between rural orang asli and city people
2. Clear information that would help articulate the village conditions so that greater appreciation towards their resilience could be cultivated but at the same time help attract the right support required.
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On mission 'PF#1 - Pathfinders @ Kg. Sungai Lalang - Community Mapping' · May 2018