History and Milestones
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Our work began in 1998.

Through the outreach of New Covenant Community Church, Rev. Elisha Satvinder and his wife Petrina, the founders, quickly discovered many underprivileged families in the Sentul area.

Concerned over the welfare of the poor in the area, the church began to reach out to the community through basic home improvement services, grocery distribution, arrangement of free medical check-ups, raising support for school supplies, job placements and counselling.

They quickly realized that with the limited resources and man-power at their disposal, this work, while helpful, would not have the lasting impact they so wanted to see.

Believing that quality education was the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, the efforts of the program began to consolidate and focus solely on education.

3G Children Welfare Award 2021 and 3G Advocacy Award by the Global Good Governance Awards (3G Awards) organised by Cambridge IFA. ​
Awarded the United Nations Malaysia Award 2019 for contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the Leaving No One Behind category.
Awarded the The Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support 2018 by The Big Heart Foundation
  • Started Urban Youth Educational Village.
  • Launched 3 Transformational Enterprises: eat X dignity (previously known as ProjectB), cut X dignity & sew X dignity
  • Hosted the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama
  • Sent our first Rohingya student to a world-renown University in Malaysia
Started the first IGCSE programme for poor youth in Malaysia
Opened up Teachers Training for community teachers in the wider Southeast Asia region
  • Established a Mental Health Unit for urban poor children (now known as wellness X dignity)
  • Hosted Prince Ali bin Hussein, Prince of Jordan for a visit
Started the Upper Secondary Programme
Transferred all educational programmes from Harvest Centre Berhad to Dignity for Children Foundation
Started the Lower Secondary Programme
  • Provided teachers training for refugees learning centres in the Klang Valley in collaboration with UNHCR
  • Dignity for Children Foundation donated by Dato’ Stanley Isaacs and Peter Ling for the work
Started the Upper Primary Programme
  • Worked with rural communities in Sabah & Sarawak to start up preschools and train community teachers.
  • Started Faisal Cup, the first football tournament for poor and refugee children in Malaysia.
Started education programmes for Rohingya children
Harvest Centre Berhad donated by Rev Eu Hong Seng for the work
Started informal tuition programme for urban poor children
The starting point - Our work with the urban poor in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur

About Dignity

Our work began in 1998 in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur with only 20 students then. Dignity is now a learning centre with more than 2,300 children ranging from 2-19 years old.
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