Books for Asia
Books for Asia (BFA) is the largest and longest-running program of its kind in Asia. Founded by The Asia Foundation and operating in 18 countries, it aims to donate books to communities of all ages in order to encourage reading, hone critical thinking skills and shape understanding of the world and the many opportunities within it. The donation of up-to-date books encourages a more educated population better equipped to fight poverty, disease, and injustice, and work towards peace and prosperity.
PACOS has been managing BFA in Sabah since 2011 and has distributed many books to various parts of the state. As of October 2014, PACOS had received three shipments of 28,152 books which were distributed across the difficult terrain of Sabah with the help of various partners including Government Primary and Secondary Schools, CLCs, and other non-government organizations such the Mobile Court which visits rural areas within Sabah to provide legal aid. The books were also distributed to University Malaysia Sabah library as well as the Sabah State Library,
Kivatu Nature Farm (KNF)
PACOS encourages farming (especially organic farming) and agriculture as one of the means of socio-economic growth for indigenous peoples. KNF, which is situated in PACOS headquarters itself, aims to be a model farm as well as a training centre for communities who wishes to learn about farming and agriculture. It also acts as a propagation venue for various traditional plants, flowers, vegetables and citrus trees of which seedlings are then sold to the community at a low price.
Training on organic farming is also held in KNF where sustainable farming is taught. During this training, community representatives learn skills such as fertilizer making, natural farming and herb planting.
The Outreach Programme is a series of projects that bring volunteers into the most remote parts of Sabah to raise awareness of clean water and health as well as building new community learning centres.
Exclusive partnership with Raleigh International as well as other voluntary bodies enables larger projects under the Outreach Programme such as the installation of gravity water pipes in villages where clean water is hard to reach and the construction of CLCs in the villages. The projects under the Outreach Programme are carried by volunteers alongside village communities.
Other projects under the Outreach Programme also benefit communities. The main idea of the Outreach Programme is to engage in volunteerism while learning about and connecting with communities in grass roots level.
Tagal Project (Fish Conservation)
PACOS encourages communities to use existing traditional systems such as river fish conservation (tagal) as a way to manage their resources sustainably. To aid in the management of their resources, community resource maps are prepared by the communities with support from PACOS.
This project is part of the Natural Resource Management.