Two children respond to foundation’s appeal to help struggling Malaysians


Letters from Jojo and Ethan to Dignity for Children Foundation.

Dignity for Children Foundation received two letters from children along with cash donations.

Both the letters and donations were dropped off by their mother.

Jojo, eight, wrote in her letter that she had sold her bicycle and was donating the proceeds to the non-governmental organisation (NGO) so that other children, who were in need, could buy food.

Her brother, 10-year-old Ethan, had emptied his piggy bank to do the same.

“It is not a lot but I hope it can cheer up your day,” he wrote.

Like many NGOs around the country, the foundation is working hard to raise funds to help struggling Malaysians.

Looking beyond food aid, it launched its Conspiracy of Kindness appeal to help families who have lost jobs to pay rent, struggling single parents to get some form of income and to pay fees for children to continue with online schooling.

Little did it expect the appeal to touch even the hearts of children and that these little ones would step up and be counted.

Dignity co-founder and pastor Elisha Satvinder said, “What an encouragement at a time when we truly need it.

“Jojo and Ethan’s act of kindness have lifted our spirits.

“Even children are chipping in to help fellow Malaysians.”

Since the start of the enhanced movement control order, Dignity has been distributing food to those in need.

Dignity’s work took a more urgent turn when it was discovered that the father of one of the foundation’s students was contemplating suicide.

The father had lost his income, got himself into debt and was in danger of being evicted from his home.

He has not paid rent for six months.

“We realised that we had to move faster to meet the needs of those who have no income because of the multiple lockdowns.

“During the first MCO in 2020, Malaysia recorded 266 suicides between March 18 and Oct 30,” Elisha added.

Dignity is now dealing with 18 families who have not been paying rent due to loss of jobs.

It is also in touch with 52 single mothers who are struggling to get some form of income.

Its mental health team is dealing with numerous potential suicide cases.

Dignity’s Conspiracy of Kindness appeal was launched to help families in precarious situations so that they can continue to have a roof over their heads while looking for a source of income.

Malaysians who want to be part of this campaign can log on to https://dignityforchildren.org/empower-a-child/gift-catalogue.

All donations are tax exempted.

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