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Our History
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.
OUR MILESTONES
2019
Awarded the United Nations Malaysia Award 2019 for contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the Leaving No One Behind category.
2018
Awarded the The Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support 2018 by The Big Heart Foundation
2017
Started Urban Youth Educational Village
2015-2017
Launched 3 Transformational Enterprises: eat X dignity (previously known as ProjectB), cut X dignity & sew X dignity
2015
Hosted the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama
2015
Sent our first Rohingya student to a world-renown University in Malaysia
2014
Started the first IGCSE programme for poor youth in Malaysia
2013
Opened up Teachers Training for community teachers in the wider Southeast Asia region
2012
Established a Mental Health Unit for urban poor children (now known as wellness X dignity)
2012
Hosted Prince Ali bin Hussein, Prince of Jordan for a visit
2011
Started the Upper Secondary Programme
2010
Transferred all educational programmes from Harvest Centre Berhad to Dignity for Children Foundation
2009
Started the Lower Secondary Programme
2008
Provided teachers training for refugees learning centres in the Klang Valley in collaboration with UNHCR
2008
Dignity for Children Foundation donated by Dato’ Stanley Isaacs and Peter Ling for the work
2007
Started the Upper Primary Programme
2006
Worked with rural communities in Sabah & Sarawak to start up preschools and train community teachers.
2006
Started Faisal Cup, the first football tournament for poor and refugee children in Malaysia
2004
Started education programmes for Rohingya children
2003
Harvest Centre Berhad donated by Rev Eu Hong Seng for the work
2000
Started informal tuition programme for urban poor children
1998
The starting point - Our work with the urban poor in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
About Dignity Foundation
Dignity for Children Foundation is a one-stop holistic, community learning centres for the underprivileged urban poor, addressing the needs of children from pre-school level to IGCSE ‘O’ level and vocational skills.
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