Bake with Dignity is a project by a group of enterprising teenagers with a special twist – they are persons with special needs. It was initiated by a few enterprising parents who wanted to create a learning opportunity as well as an income-generating opportunity for their teenagers and soon-to-be adults so that they can become independent and productive citizens of the country.
I know one of the founding members, Pang Hin Yue, from way back 2001 when she joined my playgroup with her son, who was subsequently diagnosed with autism. After struggling for years with all kinds of intensive and expensive therapies, she realized that what her growing son needed was something practical to work with. Baking was close to her heart as she had always enjoyed making cakes and breads. So finally she set up a little baking project from her home and together with another parent with a special needs child, they started taking orders from friends and supporters. And it grew from there!
Now she helps out at Dignity & Services, which was set up 22 years ago, to help individuals with special needs to learn and put their living skills to practice in a right livelihood project of their choosing. To date, besides the baking project, they also have a Juicing stall called “One Two Juice” at the Wisma Selangor Dredging. They are currently looking for interested individuals with learning disabilities to work in additional outlets.
For more information or to contribute to the project, here are their contacts:
BAKE WITH DIGNITY offers delectable cakes, cookies and bread loaves. All baked with the finest ingredients by Options members who are under the aegis of Dignity and Services, an advocacy movement empowering persons with learning disabilities . A part of the proceeds goes to Options members as income.
To place your ORDERS, text Bakewithdignity at 0192420075.
Pastries are baked fresh every Monday. Collect your orders on Mondays after 3pm at Options House. Add: 49, Pinggir Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Order your CNY cakes and cookies from them!