Since 2012, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu has partnered with The Wallace Shelter, Tuaran, a facility that offers housing and employment opportunities, including farming mushrooms, for people with visual impairments. Since the partnership’s inception, the resort has witnessed the continued growth of the mushroom farming program, creating a positive impact for the shelter’s residents. Following the success of the program, the resort extended a similar initiative to another local charitable organization - SMK Sri Nangka Secondary. With the resort’s previous experience at hand, volunteers transformed an unused hut at the school into a mushroom house. The project included restructuring the hut’s roof and adding sturdy wooden beams for support. For the finishing touch, volunteers covered the beams with walls of palm leaves, which creates a dark and moist atmosphere for the mushrooms to cultivate.
As mushrooms begin to grow, a caretaker from The Wallace Shelter will teach students and staff how to farm the mushrooms and care for the hut. The farmed mushrooms will be included in the students’ meals as part of the school’s A Meal A Day program.
“This effort will be a great way to build relationships while promoting sustainable farming within the community,” said Ana Alisaputri, CSR & sustainability manager at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu.
Check out the timelapse video to see the house’s successful build by Shangri-La colleagues. Congratulations to the volunteers on a job well done.