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Anne Lasimbang

Anne Lasimbang is the Founder and Executive Director of PACOS Trust, which is a community-based organisation dedicated to supporting indigenous communities in Sabah. Since 1993, she has managed to set up 23 learning centres in the rural communities in Sabah, improving the chance for rural children to get an education. There are approximately 28 community learning centres throughout Sabah and Sarawak since the organisation initiated the project in 1993 with the mindset of introducing kindergartens to villages that didn’t have their own pre-schools.

PACOS Trust also focuses on capacity building among community members and providing opportunities for socio-economic growth via seed money for micro-enterprises. Additionally, they also educate and encourage villagers to manage their natural resources (eg. land, water, crops) well as these are crucial aspects for survival and income. With practical training and relevant programmes set in place, it allows the communities to generate their own income, which includes selling their traditional plants, fruits and vegetables, and so on.

To date, PACOS Trust has helped 3500 families, 3000 women, 3000 youth, 2000 students in primary and 47000 preschool and kindergarten since 1993.

For more info on PACOS Trust, click here.

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