Here are a few ideas to kickstart projects among the neighbourhood.

MANY individuals work together to build stronger communities. Here are some groups that have taken the initiative to start and sustain various projects to promote better living for the benefit of all.

Urban farming project

Thanks to Argobox urban-farming project, residents of Taman Megah in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, can harvest their own vegetable and even fish within the confines of their neighbourhood.

The produce are distributed among residents for their consumption, while the balance is sold for a small profit.

This project is a collaboration between the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Malaysian Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (Misa) and the residents.

The Agrobox is located inside a double-deck cabin. It relies on the technology where plants (on the higher deck) are watered using water from the fish tank (at the lower bunk). The plants are fertilised naturally by fish droppings from the fish tank.

(Clockwise from right) Latifah Mohd Yusoh, Rohaya Ayob, Felicity Tan and G. Kasturi checking the growth of the plants inside the Agrobox. Photo: AZMAN GHANI/The Star

Sowing the seeds

On Jalan Limau Purut in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, is a little nursery with herbs, shrubs and fruit trees.

Set up by Free Tree Society Kuala Lumpur in 2012, the nursery aims to increase environmental awareness among urban communities. Volunteers take seeds, sprout them, look after the seedlings and give away the plants for free.

The nursery has six or seven giveaways each year, giving out about 100 plants each time.

There is also a mini library and Sprouts Book Club for kids at its premises. It aims to develop a love of reading to enhance their knowledge.

Free Tree Society patron Bettina Chua Abdullah reading a book to young reader Soraya Ann, 8.

Raising bookworms

Hidden in Batu 11 New Village in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, is the Little Giraffe Book Club.

It is a community library where children can read, watch performances and take part in activities such as story-telling sessions and craft workshops.

Set up in 2017, the project was initiated by five architectural graduates, with the help and involvement of the local community.

Together, they have built an attractive and comfortable space to encourage the children in the neighbourhood to read.

There is also a cafe at the library and it’s now a popular place for gatherings.

The library and reading space of Little Giraffe is also equipped with multi-level seating platforms for the children to enjoy performances, story-telling and other activities. Photo: THE STAR/EBBY SAIFUL

Serving the community

The spirit of co-operation and community service has enabled a small neighbourhood in Section 20, Shah Alam, to set up a neighbourhood group.

The Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT) Al-Husna was set up in 2015, and members of the community participate in various activities such as patrols, recycling and gardening.

The community focuses on environmentally friendly projects.

Members of KRT Al Husna Section 20 in Shah Alam work together for the good of the community.

They collect used cooking oil to sell, and the proceeds go towards the local surau’s renovation fund.

A member of the community also uses recycled oil to produce soap.

Their latest innovation is an underground water tank where water is used for ablution before prayers. The water is then channelled to a fish pond to water a vegetable garden.

KRT Al-Husna has clinched several awards including a recycling award from Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).