We create and support lasting, local solutions where possible for self-sustainability while advocating for environmental preservation for the water villages.
The Meraki Daat Sabah Initiative, shortened to Meraki Daat (Meraki, a Greek word encapsulating the act of doing something with complete passion and love, while Daat, a Kadazan -indigenous tribe term signifying ocean), received official charter on July 12, 2022, from the Register of Societies in Malaysia. This nonprofit NGO is dedicated to the transformation of water villages into sustainable ecotourism hubs, achieved through education and empowerment of the water village communities. The initiative encompasses activities that include raising awareness, delivering education, and presenting solutions wherever feasible for proper waste management, environmental preservation, and the generation of sustainable income sources, including tourism. Additionally, the initiative imparts knowledge on appropriate fishing methods and takes on projects for beautification and restoration within the water villages in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6,11,12,13,14,15 and 17.
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- THE WATER VILLAGES IN SABAH HAVE BEEN LEFT NEGLECTED FOR YEARS.
- THE WELFARE OF ITS PEOPLE AND POLLUTION ARE BECOMING AN ISSUE.
- HUGE POTENTIAL BY TRANSFORMING THE WATER VILLAGES INTO AN INSTA-WORTHY TOURIST DESTINATION.
- THE VILLAGES WILL ENJOY THE BENEFIT OF BETTER INCOME WHEN IT IS BEING RECOGNISED AS A TOURIST DESTINATION.
- TO PAINT ALL THE VILLAGE HOUSES AND TRANSFORM INTO VIBRANT & ARTISTIC NEW VILLAGE
- TO ENGAGE WITH THE TOURISM MINISTRY TO RECOGNISE & PROMOTE THE WATER VILLAGE
- TO WORK WITH DBKK AND OTHER COUNCILS ON WASTE COLLECTION
- TO ENGAGE WITH VILLAGERS IN BUILDING NEW BUSINESS (SERVICE & PRODUCTS) FOR TOURISM & THE ENVIRONMENT
- TO IMPROVE ON EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE