There are a few things that we as a family love to do – spending time outdoors, enjoying simple meals and just doing things together. One thing however, stands out, and I want to share it with you.
It is the community of men, women and children at New Covenant Community (NCC), the teachers and students who have come through the doors of Dignity for Children Foundation.
Dignity (previously known as Harvest Centre) was founded by NCC’s senior pastor, Rev. Elisha Satvinder and his wife, Petrina Shee in 1999. It began reaching out to the local poor community in Sentul, Kuala lumpur through the provision of health care, home improvement, food supplies and counseling. In 2003, the organisation began to direct its main efforts toward education.
The vision and mission of Dignity is “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Quality Education”. The goal is to see the cycle of poverty broken in the lives of marginalised and underprivileged children (poor, stateless, refugees), both in urban and rural settings, through the provision of holistic, child-centered, quality education. This is education for all, irrespective of religion, race or creed.
Over the years, Dignity has achieved an amazing impact and influence. The school serves the poor from pre-school Montessori right up till Form 5, even IGCSE. It runs sports programmes, teachers training programmes, an AFC recognised soccer tournament for the poor (The Faisal Cup), and much more. Dignity has also expanded its reach by starting other schools in the Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak.
Today, Dignity has over 1000 students and about 70 staff and loads of volunteers. And it continues to grow! With both domestic and international recognition and influence, Dignity’s work is recognized by government agencies, the corporate sector, schools, local and international NGOs, embassies of other nations, other religious bodies, many individuals, the United Nations agencies and many many others. It has partnerships with schools and local universities.
According to Rev. Elisha, the work of Dignity is “a journey which is often crazy, wonderful, challenging and awesome”. He constantly reminds us, “It takes tremendous amount of effort, clarity and intentionality to do all that we do.”
New Covenant Community is launching a new series, World Changers, beginning this Sunday, 7th September, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. The first few weeks comprise an introduction to the work of Dignity, and we invite especially those who have not visited the school or been to any of its activities and events.
Some of the topics we will be exploring over six weeks are “Transformation by One, “Transformation by Montessori”, “Transformation through Youth”, “The Power of Transformation.”
At World Changers, we will:
1. Understand why we do what we do, philosophically and historically. Why? What? How? and Who?
2. Hear testimonies from Dignity staff and students, especially during the first 3 weeks.
3. Look at videos, pictures and materials that help us know better of our history, where we are at and where we are headed towards.
4. Where our influence has gone to and impacted many.
Over the years our family has been immensely privileged to partner with NCC and Dignity in various ways, and all our babies with us too! In the process, we have been so blessed to make friends with those who are involved fully with the work of Dignity in particular, and also those who have benefited and continue to benefit from its services and intervention programs.
What is God’s heart for the down and out?
What is God’s heart for YOU? Are you hearing a call to do something with your life to impact others? Want to explore how you can use your gifts, skills and abilities to help others?
The World Changers series will be held at the NCC auditorium, 2nd Floor, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Visit NCC’s Facebook page for directions on how to get to us.
Become a World Changer today, beginning at our community.