This marks the third joint effort between the organisations, emphasising their commitment to community welfare through education and health initiatives. SMEC’s substantial donations in 2016 and 2021 significantly strengthened AFFLIP’s programs. In 2023, SMEC’s donation was focused on establishing mushroom production units, strategically addressing health and nutrition challenges.
The Mushroom Production Project goes beyond agriculture, aiming to enhance health and nutrition, create sustainable income sources for schools, and align with AFFLIP’s broader mission of fostering learning and community impact. The project’s objectives included establishing mushroom production facilities, generating additional income, supporting the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP), promoting nutritious food habits, and showcasing a sustainable agricultural enterprise.
Cultivating oyster mushrooms using agricultural waste addressed nutrition challenges and emphasised environmental sustainability. SMEC’s support in funding the construction of cropping sheds underscores its commitment to grassroots projects. The donation covered materials, supplies, and labour, with active participation from parents and community members, fostering a sense of community ownership.
The Mushroom Production Project not only signifies a successful partnership but also aligns seamlessly with SMEC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) priorities. By addressing critical issues in health, education, and sustainability, SMEC continues to demonstrate its commitment to creating positive and lasting impacts on the communities it serves.