dignity’s 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.

What began as simple tuition classes soon attracted a daily attendance of over 50 students. However, children who were already behind continued to struggle.

After some training, efforts where renewed with a focus on toddlers and preschool aged children.

The work officially came under the name of Harvest Centre in 2003 and the first Montessori Preschool for the underprivileged opened its doors to 30 students in January, 2004.

As the education programs began to grow, the primary and secondary education programmes were added on.

In 2010, all Harvest Centre education projects came under the name of Dignity for Children Foundation.

Our Milestones


The Starting Point

Started our work with the urban poor in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur

Tuition Programme

Started informal tuition programme for urban poor children

The First Montessori Preschool

Started the first Montessori preschool for the poor in Malaysia

Harvest Centre Berhad

Harvest Centre Berhad donated by Rev Eu Hong Seng for the work

Education Programmes

Started education programmes for Rohingya children

Faisal Cup

Started Faisal Cup, the first football tournament for poor and refugee children in Malaysia

Worked with Rural Communities in Sabah & Sarawak

Worked with rural communities in Sabah & Sarawak to start up preschools and train community teachers.

Upper Primary Programme

Started the Upper Primary Programme

Dignity for Children Foundation

Dignity for Children Foundation donated by Dato’ Stanley Isaacs and Peter Ling for the work

Teachers Training collaboration with UNHCR

Provided teachers training for refugees learning centres in the Klang Valley in collaboration with UNHCR

Lower Secondary Programme

Started the Lower Secondary Programme

Transfer of Educational Programmes

All educational programmes transferred from Harvest Centre Berhad to Dignity for Children Foundation

Upper Secondary Programme

Started the Upper Secondary Programme

Hosted Prince of Jordan

Hosted Prince Ali bin Hussein, Prince of Jordan

Started Mental Health Unit

Started the Mental Health Unit for urban poor children

Teachers Training to Wider Southeast Asia Region

Opened up Teachers Training for community teachers in the wider Southeast Asia region

Started 1st IGCSE Programme

Started the first IGCSE programme for poor youth in Malaysia

The 1st Rohingya Student to World-Renown University

Sent the first Rohingya student to a world-renown University in Malaysia

Hosted President Barack Obama

Hosted the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama
2015 - 2017

3 Social Transformation Training Enterprises

Launched 3 social transformational training enterprises.

Started Urban Youth Educational Village

Started the Urban Youth Educational Village

Awarded The Sharjah International Award

Awarded the The Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support 2018 by The Big Heart Foundation

Dignity & Strategy