A call for donation for those in need

 Location:Tenaganita HQ

 Start Date:May 8, 2020, 12:14 p.m.

 End Date:May 12, 2020, 11 p.m.

Together We Can Make A Difference

Dear All,
In this midst of Corona crisis, Tenaganita has been responding to various calls from migrant/refugee groups in different parts of the country, and organising emergency aid responses. Donations for migrants/refugees, can be made to:
Account name: Tenaganita Sdn Bhd
Account number:8000227264
Swift Code: CIBBMYKL
HQ address: Menara Cimb, 1 Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral 50470 KL Malaysia
For donations that you’d like to go to emergency aid, please use this reference when transferring money: Ref – FOOD AID 
All other donations will go to Tenaganita’s work to support and uphold the rights of migrants, refugees, trafficked persons (including running of shelters).
Please email to general @tenaganita .com once a donation is made, as it’ll help with the records.
Thanks for all your support, stay safe.

A call for donation for those in need

 Location:Medan Pasar

 Start Date:Oct. 12, 2018, 7 p.m.

 End Date:Oct. 21, 2018, 7 p.m.

Diversity in Motion

Jungle Jive Luau Fun Party

 Location:Penang Chinese Swimming Club, 562, Tanjong Bungah, 11200 Penang, Malaysia

 Start Date:March 24, 2018, 5 p.m.

 End Date:March 25, 2018, midnight

Fundraising event

Tenaganita will be hosting their annual Fund Raising Party – Jungle Jive Luau – Fun Party on 24th March 2018 at Penang
Swimming Club to raise funds for the Tenaganita Women’s Shelter in Penang, Your attendance, support and contributions in 2016 and in 2017 for this event enabled us to continue to operate the Shelter and help many victims get justice and return home to their families. Please come and support us again on 24th March 2018 for a night that promises fun, laughter and entertainment for a very worthy cause.

For more details, contact us at 011-3918-1360 or


Nurturing Respect: Fighting against Gender Based Violence

 Location:Tenaganita, 12 Jalan 6/11, Seksyen 6, Petaling Jaya

 Start Date:Dec. 13, 2017, 11 a.m.

 End Date:Dec. 13, 2017, 5 p.m.

Nurturing Respect: Fighting against Gender Based Violence

It is the end of 2017 year and we are all ready to reflect on the year together,
With the theme ‘Nurturing Respect : Fighting Against Gender Based Violence’, we warm-heartedly inviting everyone to join us for our event that will be hold :

                       Date: 13/12/2017 (Wednesday)

                       Time: 11am – 5pm

                       Venue: Tenaganita, 12 Jalan 6/11, Seksyen 6, Petaling Jaya.

Kindly RSVP Ms Elise Chen at or call us at (603) 77703671/ 91 by Monday ( 11th December 2017) to confirm your participation
Thank you for your continuous support for the communities whom we work with!

The Many Faces Of Migration


 Start Date:Aug. 25, 2017, 10 a.m.

 End Date:Sept. 3, 2017, 6 p.m.

Exhibition Illustrating Realities of Migrants in Malaysia in the 21st Century

Come Face to Face with the diversity of Malaysia’s migrant population. 

‘The Many Faces of Migration’ exhibition illustrates the different dimensions and realities of Malaysia’s migrant population in the 21st Century. Highlighting stories and sacrifices of migrants, the photographs acknowledge and appreciate the contribution migrants make to so many aspects of Malaysian society ….in homes caring for the young and the elderly, cleaners, gardeners, plantation workers, on construction sites, in factories, restaurants and as security guards…..  ‘Putting a Face’ to their stories and struggles.

Exhibition Photographers (Lorenza Mazzucco and Ore Huiying) have captured images which offer insights into the lives and experiences of the migrant population in Malaysia.

Poetry reading by the renowned Cecil Rajendra who once described himself as a “lawyer by profession and a poet by compulsion”.

Film Screening: The story of a migrant worker “Aya” on her migrant experiences in Malaysia and her return to her home country.

Additional Art Pieces from local artists: Mei Yen Ch’ng , Patrick Hurley and Tang Lee Mee and other local artists will also be exhibited.

Workshops: Role of women in migration: interactive workshops


 Location:L’atelier Rouge, Jaya One

 Start Date:May 20, 2017, 3 p.m.

 End Date:May 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m.


Unsung Heroines

 Location:Black Box, Publika

 Start Date:April 13, 2017, 10 a.m.

 End Date:March 16, 2017, 7 p.m.

A Celebration of Refugee Women in Malaysia

Unsung heroines celebrates women’s courage and willingness for a better integration and independence in a society who frequently turns in a blind eye. This event, originally held during the International Women’s Day, allows these unsung heroines to shed light on their issues and their innovative solutions to solve them.

This event, built on talks, concerts, art exhibition and handicraft workshops, is an international cross-cultural platform to share the stories of these women refugees on social and political spheres.
Date: 13-16 April 2017
Location: Black Box, Publika

The funds raised during the event contribute to the development of new or long term projects to help the refugees through TANMA.

Unsung heroines is proud to be part of MAP Festival this year, an annual month-long art festival curated to cover various cultural disciplines.

For more information:
Facebook page:
Instagram:         @unsungheroinesevent2017
Phone:                016 958 7782

Leetchi money pot:


 Location:Pusat Komuniti Bukit Damansara, Dewan d’ Lavender

 Start Date:Feb. 26, 2017, 8 a.m.

 End Date:Feb. 26, 2017, 2 p.m.

Charity Fitness Event

#combat2empower is a charity and fitness event that joins the cause of Tenaganita in protecting and empowering trafficked survivors.  

Founded in 1991, Tenaganita is a Malaysian human rights organisation that promotes and protects the rights of migrants, refugees and trafficked persons in Malaysia. Tenaganita runs 2 24-hour hotlines and a shelter for trafficked women and children who have been abused and exploited in Malaysia. This shelter is non-discriminatory, and have been accepting individuals in need since 2006, and assisted over 800 women and children.

The shelter is not only a safe place for the women, but it also serves as a house of empowerment: to help them rebuild their lives.

As a non-profit organisation, Tenaganita relies on your contribution to keep the shelter running. All the proceeds raised from this event will be used to help Tenaganita in supporting and empowering these battered women and children. 

#combat2empower is supported by individuals and corporations who will be coming together in creating awareness, and be enablers of the cause against abuse and exploitation. 

Come join us on the

Date: 26 February 2017 (Sunday)

Time: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Venue: Pusat Komuniti Bukit Damansara Dewan d’ Lavender

Register now by clicking on the following link:

Warrior 10 KM Run & Obstacle Charity Challenge 2017

 Location:Straits Green, Tanjung Tokong, Penang

 Start Date:Feb. 26, 2017, 7 a.m.

 End Date:Feb. 26, 2017, 5 p.m.

Fitness Charity to Raise Funds for Tenaganita

The following message is from the organiser of the event:

Join us for our first Warrior event of the year! We’re holding a 10 km race with 2 options- as a run or as an obstacle challenge. Open to all Warriors and friends, we will have two categories of racers:
Perfect for those training for the Spartan Race and for those who want a greater challenge.

A good option for those who would like to time their running speed or would like to challenge themselves to complete a 10 km race.
Race entitlements: 1st, 2nd, 3rd position trophies, finisher medals, and lucky draw prizes to be won.This is a charity event and all profits will go to support the great work that Tenaganita does.


What should I bring?
Sports attire, lots of water, towel/ change of clothes, and plenty of CAN DO ATTITUDE!
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
Only 15 years old and above.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can call/ Whatsapp +6012-486 9819 for more information.

Tenaganita "South Pacific" Luau Fundraising Party

 Location:Penang Swimming Club, Jalan Tanjong Bungah

 Start Date:Feb. 25, 2017, 7 p.m.

 End Date:Feb. 25, 2017, midnight

A Night of Fun For A Worthy Cause

Tenaganita will be hosting an annual Fundraising “South Pacific” Luau Party this coming February, and we would like to warmly invite you for a night of fun, laughter and entertainment for a very worthy cause! The proceeds from this event will go the Tenaganita Women’s Shelter in Penang, which has rescued and assisted women and children in distress in the past 2 years. Your presence, support and contributions in the past year has greatly enabled us to continue operating the shelter to help many survivors gain justice and safely return home to be with their families.
Details of the event:

Date:              25 February 2017
Time:             7:00pm until midnight
Venue:           Penang Swimming Club, Jalan Tanjong Bungah
Ticket Price:  RM150
Dresscode:   Tropical beach 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting:  011-3618-1360 or email to: If you would like to make a contribution or donate a prize for our raffle or live auction, do let us know! 

See you there!

The Alchemy Design Project Fundraiser

 Location:Drift Dining and Bar, 38, Jalan Bedara, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

 Start Date:Dec. 11, 2016, noon

 End Date:Dec. 11, 2016, 6 p.m.

A Sunday Charity Bazaar to Help Combat Trafficking

The following message is from the organiser of the event:

One will be shocked to know that Malaysia is on the Tier 2 Human Trafficking watchlist. The issue is real, with sex slavery here and across the region high on the radar. Luckily, one women, together with her students, is trying to make a difference. Sydney Scherr is an award-winning designer, sculptor, illustrator and educator who has lived in Kuala Lumpur and has developed the only Bachelor of Jewellery Design program in Malaysia and is currently developing plans to open her own jewellery academy. She has also spent much time in Cambodia, observing first hand the perils of sexual slavery.
Her mission is to empower young women to find an economic alternative to sex slavery by educating and training them in the art of jewellery making.

“The initiative aims to advance the concept of volunteer tourism by teaching sustainable jewellery making skill sets to young survivors of human trafficking,”
 Scherr says.

“Everyone has skills they can teach and for the young survivors of this slave trade to have a future they must have marketable skill sets.

“We rely on volunteers to help teach jewellery making and have taught many groups of young women how to make jewellery with sustainable technologies.

“This creates an economic alternative to earning other than menial labour or as sexual slaves and involuntary sex workers.”

Sydney’s intention is to have her own own academy and is working towards establishing the Alchemy Design Project as an NGO. In order to meet the survivors, the Alchemy Design Project is partnering with other NGOs, both here and abroad, to reach their shared goals.

“We had to partner with a local NGO to meet the young women we wish to teach.
Tenaganita works to repatriate and give life skills lessons to young women who have either been sexual slaves or domestic slaves via human trafficking.

These women are in a safe, protected environment and we are excited to be involved with Tenaganita.

Moving forward we aim to provide a sustainable platform for valuing lives and growing businesses in that those who are applying their new skills are able to train more young women rescued from traffickers.”

Drift Hospitality is proud to team up with the Alchemy Design Project to help raise much needed funds to bankroll the equipment needed to teach these young women. Head to Drift Dining and Bar on Sunday December 11th for a Sunday Bazaar fundraising event.

Guests will be able to buy items of jewellery designed by Alchemy Design Project students as well as sample foods and wine, enjoy live performances and take home wine and other goodies for sale on the day. The aim is to bring awareness to the problem that is human trafficking and raise enough money to purchase 13 tool kits.

Donations are gladly accepted on the day or in advance on Eventbrite – The Alchemy Design Project Sunday Bazaar and Live Performances. Money will go directly to the Alchemy Design Project and proceeds of sales for purchase of the tool kits for the next training session.

The tool kits comprise of jewellers saw, saw blades, drills, pliers and files plus raw materials such as sheet metal and brass, copper and aluminium wire amongst other items.

For more information or to find out more about the programme of events on the day, contact or call 0321102079. 

Details of The Alchemy Design Project Sunday Bazaar Fundraising Event
WHEN: Sunday, 11 December 2016
WHERE: Drift Dining and Bar, 38 Jalan Bedara, Ground Floor Bidara Condo, Bukit Bintang
TIME: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

For more details, please contact Drift Dining and Bar at 03 2110 2079 or email them at

Mang Tha (Chin Refugee Women-Led Empowerment Group) Open Day!

 Location:10, Jalan 1/77B, Pudu

 Start Date:Nov. 26, 2016, 3 p.m.

 End Date:Nov. 26, 2016, 6 p.m.

Sewing Class | Demonstration of Loom | Bazaar | Burmese Food Buffet | Fundraising

It is with great pleasure for us to invite you to Mang Tha’s Open Day!
Mang Tha is a Burmese Chin refugee women-led empowerment group under a federation known as TANMA that seeks to improve the living of the women, and also to create safe spaces for self-empowerment through trainings on livelihood projects. Mang Tha has been established since 2006. 

This event will be held as detailed:
Date:    26 November 2016

Time:    3:00pm to 6:00pm

Venue: 10, Jalan 1/77B, Pudu (Behind Berjaya Times Square)

As we are looking to raise some funds for our activities in the year ahead, we have some fun activities in store for you! All proceeds will go directly to the women in Mang Tha, to help support the Burmese women refugees in Kuala Lumpur.

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Looking for the perfect christmas gift, or just interested in learning some sewing skills? Come register yourselves for our “Do It Yourself” sewing class! You will be personally taught and guided by one of our skillful Chin artisan. We have 3 exciting options for you to choose from!

Cross-Stitch Clutch

RM 100

Hand Towel

RM 70

Coin Purse

RM 50

If you would like to see how the products look like, you may do so on our Facebook page as linked here:
We provide the fabric, the needles and the fun! This class is suitable for adults and kids too.
You will be able to admire our weaver in action on our famous traditional burmese loom! You will learn about the weaving process and about the chin frabric that we use in our products.
If you haven’t bought all your chistmas presents yet, it is not too late! Our products will be displayed so you can choose which handmade gift you’re gonna put under the tree this year (or just to treat yourself in advance!)
Our open day would not be complete without a big buffet of delicious Burmese dishes cooked by the women themselves. Pay what you want, and fill your plate up with some “Lahpet thoke”, a salad of pickled tea leaves, and many more! 
We hope to see you there!
If you are interested in joining the sewing class, do drop us an e-mail at with the number of pax, and which item you would like to learn to make!
Should you have any enquiries, don’t hesitate to contact the coordinators at 016 958 7782.

Migrant Poetry Competition 2016

 Location:Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur

 Start Date:Sept. 4, 2016, 11 a.m.

 End Date:Sept. 4, 2016, 4 a.m.

Introduction to the Migrant Poetry Competition, Malaysia

First held in 2015 as part of the Cooler Lumpur Festival, the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition has quickly established itself as one of the key events in the cultural calendar in Malaysia. In 2016, the contest will also seek entries from refugees in Malaysia as well and is therefore being renamed as the Migrant Poetry Competition, Malaysia. The objectives of the competition are to provide a platform for mutual understanding between Malaysians and migrants while celebrating the literary talent of migrant workers and refugees in Malaysia. The event also seeks to promote greater tolerance of multi-culturalism and give a voice to refugees and lower skilled foreign workers.
The competition is organized by a group of volunteers under the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition organizing committee led by Shivaji Das and Khairunnisa Kzaman. We are also supported by noted local writers Bernice Chauly, Anindita Dasgupta, Carol Leon, Looi Siew Teip and Sharon Bakar.

Different sections of Malaysian society have responded to the event enthusiastically as can be gauged by packed venue for the event and the reaction in social media. The contest has received widespread recognition in local media such as Timeout and The Malay Mail Online.
In 2016, the competition will reach out to refugees and a larger group of low skilled migrant workers to drive greater participation. This year, we are planning to organize it independently to provide greater focus. 
We have been conducting a similar event in Singapore that is supported by The Embassy of The United States of America in Singapore among other organizations. (
Call for Volunteers
We are now looking for volunteers to assist with the following:

  •  Drive participation through working directly with target groups and relevant NGOs

     Design marketing and promotional materials

  •  Manage online platforms

  •  Coordination during event day

  •  Translations (languages required: Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, Bengali, Tagalog, etc.)

  •  Post event outreach

  •  Media coordination

    Total commitment expected from each volunteer: 1-2 hours per week for ~8 weeks from June to August

Event Line-Up

The competition is conducted in two stages: prelims and finals. Calls for submissions will be made in June. 10 entries will be selected from all the submissions and the winners are chosen from among these poems during the final which is held in August 27. The finals feature poetry recitals by the shortlisted workers followed by recitals of the translated versions of these poems in English. The event typically also features a cultural program by the workers. The judges for the contests have included noted local artists, writers and academics such as Sharon Bakar, Bernice Chauly, Carol Garcia, Anindita Dasgupta, and Liew Siew Teip . The final event will be open to the public and free.
Expected Program Line-Up

  1. 1)  Introduction and speeches by sponsors/ organizers/ supporters (15 min)

  2. 2)  Poetry recital (45 min) by shortlisted competitors in their mother tongue and in English

  3. 3)  Results and Awards – 15 Min

  4. 4)  Interactions with Judges and competitors (15 min)

Migrant Poetry Competition 2016

 Location:Art Printing Works (APW), Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

 Start Date:Aug. 9, 2016, midnight

 End Date:Aug. 13, 2016, midnight


A Glimpse Into the World of Human Trafficking
SK!N: A new work in contemporary performance based around true stories about Human Trafficking

Two years ago, award winning theatremakers TerryandTheCuz started working with Tenaganita on a project called SK!N – a multi-faceted performance inspired by true stories and actual events of people who had become victims of human trafficking. This issue is of global concern, transcending geographical boundaries with chilling similarities shared between persons whose situations in life have led them down this unfortunate path. It has been an eye-opening, soul challenging journey and one that they feel compelled to share with as many people around the world as they possibly can. 

In collaboration with Australian-based performance maker Ashley Dyer, the team pen a compelling script that brings audiences into the world of human trafficking through an experiential journey that is both engaging and insightful. 


SK!N is a raw, challenging and thought provoking exploration that focuses on the plight of human trafficking victims whom are far too often overlooked. The power of this production is delivered by a passionate cast and is underscored with the realism of trafficked persons’ accounts. SK!N is created and devised by Terry andTheCuz in collaboration with international and local artists: lead artist Ashley Dyer (Australia) and performed by Malaysian artists Suhaili Micheline, Wong Jyh Shyong and Lee Ren Xin. Sound designed by David Franzke (Australia).
The world premiere of SK!N will take place at Art Printing Works (APW) Bangsar from 9th – 13 August 2016 before touring internationally in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong. TerryandTheCuz are also hoping to then be able to take the performance to audiences in Europe and America. Tickets for the Kuala Lumpur performance are available at Part of the ticket sales will be channelled to fight human trafficking worldwide through TerryandTheCuz’s Malaysian community partner, Tenaganita and their counterparts in the countries where the show is performed. 
For more info on this event, visit 

“Bold and electrifying choreography that conveys a sense of urgent desperation and frustration […] SK!N did an achingly beautiful job portraying the physical and mental torture refugees are often subjected to” – The Penang Monthly (Malaysia) September 2015

“SK!N is a powerful work. I respect the level of dramaturgical integrity in the piece — one group doesn’t even see the ‘performance’ and instead is led around blindfolded. The three different group experiences succeed in theatrically capturing three different aspects of trafficking horrors.” Alison M Friedman, Director, Ping Pong Productions, Beijing China.

“SK!N by TerryandTheCuz was one of the highlights of my 2015 Festival” – Joe Sidek Festival Director, George Town Festival.




TerryandTheCuz is currently fundraising to enable them to take this project globally. Every pledge will be a long-term investment in helping them bring this work and its message around the world. If you are interested in supporting them, see their crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter via this link: 

Tenaganita's 25th Year Of Journeying with The Communities

 Location:12 Jalan 6/11, Seksyen 6, 4600, Petaling Jaya

 Start Date:July 1, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

 End Date:July 1, 2016, 8:30 p.m.

A Celebration of History

Tenaganita will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary to celebrate our history and the resilience of our communities. We would not have been able to assist and bring justice to honourable communities without the contribution of our faithful partners and organisations.

We are hosting a walk-through at our new address between 2:00pm to 8:30pm. Feel free to drop by anytime. Refreshments will be provided in addition to an art display, silent auction and copies of our publications will be available.