How one man is bringing light to rural Sarawak
January 4, 2017 | BY Daween Maan
Follow us on our journey with Ganesh Muren as we travel deep into Sarawak to improve the lives of the people of Rumah Garie.
Even as a writer, it isn’t uncommon to experience a situation where words become inadequate. After a 4-day journey with our Generation T lister, Ganesh Muren and two of my colleagues into the jungles of Sarawak, I came to the realisation that even volumes of books written on this young man's work and the lengths he goes to to do his job would be insufficient – sometimes, the eyes need to see for themselves.
One flight, three boat rides, and half a day later we arrived at Rumah Garie, a longhouse deep in rural Sarawak.
But this was no getaway vacation. Ganesh’s work required the lugging of tools and equipment brought along to provide these rural inhabitants the simple things we take for granted.
For the founder of Saora Industries and inventor of the water filtration systems ‘Waterlily’ and ‘Chlorinator’ these trips are regular as he passionately carries out his mission of providing the means to clean water. But this visit to Rumah Garie was his first – a diplomatic mission as much as a humanitarian one, as we brought along a solar panel to both, provide the longhouse clean electricity, as well as introduce them to the man with a smile on his face and an affable laugh.
This was our journey:
To learn more about Ganesh and his social initiatives with Saora Industries, pick up a copy of the January 2017 issue of Malaysia Tatler magazine, out at newsstands now, or click here to purchase a digital copy.
Photography: Shaffiq Farhan
Special thanks: People of Rumah Garie
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