EMPOWER-A-CHILD Q & A
What does ‘Empower-a-Child’ provide?
Your support enables a child to receive the continuous education, nutritious meals, basic health and hygiene and quality holistic care which he/she needs to develop academically and socially to break out from the cycle of poverty.
Why ‘Empower-a-Child’ at Dignity for Children Foundation?
As a direct service provider rather than a fundraising agency, we know each child entrusted to us and are unequivocally committed to his/her success in breaking out from the cycle of poverty. Our experience with hundreds of children since 1999 assures us of the success of our programmes. Their continuity depends however, on the regular support and generosity of donors who share our vision of transforming underprivileged children through quality education, to becoming valuable members of their community.
How is my donation spent?
100% of your monthly donation will be applied directly to benefit a child. Although we pair a donor to a child, your contribution will be pooled with other contributions to fund the holistic care and quality education provided to the children at our learning centre.
How can I empower a child?
What will I receive?
You will receive:
Can I choose a child?
As many children may already be dealing with feelings of rejection, our practices must be patently non-preferential and non-discriminatory. So that opportunities are provided equally to all the children, we will pair a donor with a child according to our allocation system where each child is valued as much as another.
How long does the Empower-a-Child programme last?
For a child to transit meaningfully into adulthood and become a contributing member of a knowledge based society, he/she must attain at least secondary and, if possible, tertiary education.
Visiting your child
Who is eligible to visit?
As change takes time, a donor who has provided full support for a minimum of 6 months and is committed to full support for a child for a year may visit the child with whom the donor is paired.
What do I need to do?
Just fax, email or post a completed Visit Request and Visiting Protocol form to us at 603 4044 1395 /
What can I expect from a visit?
Your visit will consist of:
You may fax / email / post your letter to your child to 603 4044 1395 / dignity@dignityfor children.org / P O Box 196, Gombak, 53700 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Please write in English or Bahasa Malaysia. As your child may need time to respond to probably his / her very first letter, please allow 1 month for a reply.
So as to avoid unwelcome direct appeals to you, please use only your name and the EAC donor number allocated to you in your correspondence with your child. Please do not give your contact details as no direct correspondence with the child or his / her family is allowed. You may write about yourself, your family, your pets, hobbies, sport and your work and ask your child about his/her life and family and share appropriate photos of yourself, your family or pets. Our Empower-a-Child Coordinator will be involved in your communications to assist the child and to ensure that all communications accord with our child protection policies.
Can I give gifts to the child whom I empower?
Gifts are not encouraged as all our children must be treated without partiality. Particular requests will be carefully considered by us but no branded goods or electronic items will be allowed. All gifts must be handed to our duly authorised personnel at our main office and unsuitable gifts will be returned.
Can I contact my child via email, facebook or other social media?
As social messaging sites are not a safe forum for communications for children and we are unable to monitor direct online communications, this or any form of direct contact with any of our children (or their family members) is not allowed. Social networking sites can also expose our donors to criminal or unlawful activities by people acting under an alias.
We will view any unauthorised contact with a child or his / her family very seriously and no responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from such contact will be assumed by Dignity for Children Foundation or any of its officers or personnel.
Are Empower-a-Child donations tax-deductible?
Monetary donations are tax deductible under Malaysian law. The Malaysian tax-deductible receipt will be issued in the name(s) of the donor(s) stated in the Empower-a-Child form submitted to us. Please allow at least 3 weeks for your donation to be processed.