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SWEPA members, family & friends visit Gining & Rusni at Barefoot College

SWEPA members, family & friends visit Gining & Rusni at Barefoot College

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20 SWEPA members, family & friends travelled 30 hours from Kota Kinabaluto the Indian Continent on 29th April, 2016 to visit our two grandmothers Gining Jaineh and Rusni Sikamung. They were on a six month Training course to be “solar engineers” under the sponsorship of the Indian government and Barefoot College, Tilonia, India. Upon the completion of their course, they will return to their respective villages namely kampong Sungai Magandai and Kampong Sonsongon Suyad to light up their villages using solar equipment. It was a poignant moment for all. It was Gining and Rusni’s first time out of the country, without their families and into a totally different culture and world. They faced challenges but we can see that they are progressing well. What we saw was truly an amazing philosophy and work ongoing in Barefoot College through founder Bunker Roy that brings learning and skills not only in solar engineering but also dentistry, puppetry, community radio, craft, etc for the poor and illiterate not only in India but to deserving places like Sabah.

About swepa

Sabah Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals Association (SWEPA) is a Non-Governmental Organisation where formation was spearheaded by the Economic Committee of the Sabah Women’s Advisory Council in March 1993. It was registered with the Registrar of Societies in May 1994.

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