NGO celebrates 25 years of teaching migrant, stateless children

Dignity offers Montessori education to underprivileged and migrant children from pre-school to upper secondary level.

RENU was eight years old when she first set foot in Dignity’s Learning Centre in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.

Her mother, a seamstress, wanted Renu to take a different path in life.

She knew that education was the key to changing her daughter’s future.

Unfortunately, Renu and her two younger sisters had no identity cards which closed the door to public schooling, job opportunities and affordable medical services.

Renu’s mother later heard about a learning centre run by non-governmental organisation Dignity for Children Foundation (Dignity). The centre accepts children regardless of their background.

Twenty years later, Renu, who could not read, write or speak English when she first arrived, is now a teacher at Dignity – thanks to the education she received at the learning centre.

Today, Renu is providing care and support to underprivileged and vulnerable children, much like the care and encouragement she received as a child.

“I now care for children who have no clean clothes, are malnourished and doing poorly in school. I feel for them, as I was like them years ago. I want to be able to impact their lives with what I do here and empower them to have a better future,” said Renu.

Since 1998, Dignity has been working tirelessly to empower children from low-income families in Sentul by providing them with quality education.

In the process, the NGO has transformed the lives of more than 13,000 children and families struggling to break the cycle of poverty.

“From only 20 students when we first started 25 years ago, Dignity is now a learning centre with more than 1,900 children ranging from two years old to 19.

“More than just academics, we teach our students employability skills, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to change their lives,” said Petrina Satvinder, chief executive officer and co-founder of Dignity.

Dignity offers underprivileged and migrant children Montessori education from pre-school to upper secondary level.

The NGO also runs 17 skills training education programmes including hospitality and food and beverage, hairdressing, tailoring, bakery, woodwork, arts, urban gardening, plumbing and electrical wiring.

To celebrate its achievements and to raise crucial funds that will enable it to carry on its work at grassroots level, Dignity will be holding its 25th anniversary fundraising dinner on Sept 30, 2023, at the HGH Convention Centre in Sentul.

The anniversary dinner will be a celebration of transformation stories of its students, alumni and the impact of Dignity over the past 25 years.

“We aim to raise RM2.5mil that will go towards supporting 2,300 students in 2023 and 2,500 students in 2024,” said Reverend Elisha Satvinder, co-founder of Dignity.

Individuals and corporations who wish to attend the 25th anniversary dinner or partner with the organisation’s effort can visiting to or or call 03-4044 1397.

All donations and ticket purchases are tax deductible.

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