Paitan Kindergarten Project

The Paitan district is located at the northern most corner of Sandakan division, this area of Sabah is consider to be some of the most underdeveloped regions of the state. From Kota Kinabalu one would have to take a six hour drive to Paitan town, which consists of less than ten shops. The distance from Kota Kinabalu to Paitan town is about 250 km. From Paitan town many villages can only be reached by using four wheel-drive vehicles or riding small river boats up and down the river. Many of these villages would take about 1 hour to reach by boat and a few located at the far edge of the interior will take two hours. Almost all of these villages do not have access to grid, and rain water is collected for their daily water ration. Most of the people here are made up of an ethnic group call Orang Sungai. They rely extensively on farming or working in palm oil plantations for their general income.