Encouraging Good Hygiene and Grooming among Orang Asli Children

Posted on September 15, 2017

Maintaining personal hygiene is necessary either for personal confidence or for health. The simple act of washing hands before eating and after using the toilet will help to fight off germs. While personal hygiene and grooming is something that we do on a daily basis, but for some, there is still a lack of education on the best way to clean and groom themselves.

With this in mind, students and teachers from the KL Krash Pad visited Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Kemensah to teach the orang asli children the importance of good personal hygiene and grooming as part of their Hari Hasanah activity.

Muhammad Hafiz Ardian Shah, a student at KL Krash Pad said, “We are here today to teach the children basic hygiene and grooming steps to keep them healthy. With this, we also hope that they will develop more confidence. Our workshop is interactive to ensure that the children are engaged while learning useful skills at the same time.”

During the workshop, volunteers played games and used colourful visuals to showcase the importance of basic hygiene practises such as washing their hand, brushing their teeth and keeping their bodies clean. Volunteers demonstrated the correct way to perform each activity and gave out hygiene essentials such as toothbrushes, tooth paste and hand soap.

Another student of KL Krash Pad, Muhammad Saad, said, “It feels good to be part of this initiative as doing something good for others make me feel good as well.”

Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Kemensah is a home to over 50 families, with 100 villagers from five different tribes. The village has over 30 children and only recently gained access to electricity.

Mr. Jamil A/L Atong, village chief of Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Kemensah, said that he welcomes initiatives such as Hari Hasanah because it will raise more awareness on the orang asli communities.

He added “I really hope that initiative like Hari Hasanah will continue, so that we can share the rich cultures and traditions of the orang asli and work together for the betterment of all.”