• Miriam's Story
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    A day in the life at Eat X Dignity. Eat x dignity is a bustling community café right here in Sentul that is a Dignity social enterprise. Hear from Miriam what goes on behind the scenes and what the trainees learn on a daily basis!
  • Vicky's Story
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    “Up to 9 years old, I couldn’t even read a storybook. I started reading when I was 12. I read Peter and Jane.” Vicky and her siblings were carrying buckets of water back to their house that had no running water or electricity. Petrina Shee, Dignity’s founder, saw them struggling along the road and stopped to help them. Find out more about the beginning of Dignity and the story of one of the first students ever enrolled.
  • Rashid's Story
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    ‘Ilmu memang penting untuk hidup. Kalau ada ilmu, kawan bersalaam. Kalau takda ilmu, takda orang nak berkawan.’ Rashid’s friend first brought him to Dignity, where he then studied for 5 years. Even though he stopped school at Form 2 to support his sick parents, his learning journey continued via a job placement at an automechanic workshop.
  • Hassan's Story
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    “As long as you want to study – whether you are Malaysian or non-Malaysian, they will take anyone.” Born in Pulau Pinang without a birth certificate, Hassan and his family faced many challenges. When he was told he could not enroll in a government secondary school, Hassan thought his education journey was over. However, when a friend introduced him to Dignity, Hassan excitedly signed up. Today, Hassan has finished university, and works as a fitness trainer in his new home, America. “I see lives changed here. Education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty, for your family. We only knew it when we experienced it, and we went through the change ourselves.”
  • Farah's Story
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    Despite leaving her home country due to persecution for her religious beliefs, Farah has overcome all odds to finish high school at Dignity and become a science scholar at Nottingham University. “All the experiences … from Dignity, I will carry on in my life, no matter which part of the world I am.”
  • Elvis's Story
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    “When I first came, I couldn’t speak English at all.” Wang Hao (known as Elvis to his friends) has since come a long way. At Dignity, he learned to communicate, be independent and confident. He dreams of being an engineer, and is well on his way to being one.
  • Lavaniya's Story
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    “I really thank God because I am still alive now. I am getting to learn through all these opportunities.” Lavaniya first came to Dignity when she was 4 years old. She was a student … and now has become a teacher, a mentor, and even a football coach. Today, Lavaniya is part of the Preschool team working with 3 – 4 year olds, and also represented Dignity in the Manchester City LEAD League Program in the UK.
  • Sara's Story
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    “Here, even though I could barely speak English…I felt so accepted.” When Sara first came to Dignity, she was shocked by the many different races mingling in the classroom. A fast learner, she picked up English quickly and graduated with straight As. Her journey at Dignity has helped her discover that she is worthy of respect and self-esteem. She aims to be a neurosurgeon so she can give help to those who need it. Sarah will complete her International Baccleaurate at the end of 2018. “Dignity is like my second home … Here is where I realize that I have a role to play in the transformation of my community.”
  • Ishak's Story
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    “If the school never cared, I think I probably wouldn’t have finished my studies over here.” Ishak joined Dignity at the age of 8. However, when he dropped out of school due to financial problems, his coach paid his family a visit to bring him back. Today, Ishak has completed his high school and come full circle, serving in the Upper Primary department where he once studied, now as an assistant teacher. He hopes to combine his two passions of football and science in his future career. “I know it sounds impossible, but with the right discipline and right mindset. I can do it. I believe I can.”
  • Moses's Story
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    ‘My dream for the future is to be become a lecturer.’ A quiet and reflective student during his time at Dignity, Moses has now gone on to pursue science at Nottingham University. He hopes to inspire more young people to encourage them to study.
  • Naima's Story
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    “… In Kenya, after high school, there is no hope for further studies.” Naima and her family came to Malaysia when she was a young teenager so that all her siblings could pursue a better life. To her surprise, she did not face racism, but rather, discovered good friends and caring teachers at Dignity. Today, she is inspired to reach for bigger positions, and bigger dreams. She is now studying Accounts and Finance in university.
  • Hannah's Story
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    “Dignity is more like a home to me.” Hannah joined the Dignity family when she was 15. Her bubbly personality and solid work ethic has helped her to finish her high school, and return to Dignity as an assistant teacher. Her dream is to be an entrepreneur that empowers children and youth.
  • Anna's Story
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    “Dignity gave me a challenge to do better. No one is born a success.” Anna is a graduate of the Employability and Internship Program. From a quiet and shy student, she has become a more confident person who values hard work and excellence. After completing her internship at Ms. Read, the Malaysian clothing chain, she joined the sewing team as a full-timer.

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