In contrast to the sophisticated and cosmopolitan city that is Kuala Lumpur, the East Malaysia state of Sabah is officially the largest and most poor state. The northern most part of the island of Borneo, Sabah shares borders with the other East Malaysian state of Sarawak, and Northern Kalimantan in Indonesia.
While the capital Kota Kinabalu and the greater metro area has a population of approx. 650,000 of the 3.5 million inhabitants, a substantial percentage of its population are indigenous peoples living in poverty in rural areas. Many still live in kampungs (villages) which no electricity or running water. Education is a priority in these areas, not only for the school aged children, but for the youth and even adults.