Our story began over two decades ago in the year 1994 in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.
Back then, young people going out and working with the poor and the marginalised was almost unheard of and sometimes even frowned upon. However this was exactly what our founder, Dave Jean Kameron, a young 21 year old Catholic Youth Leader from Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, had in mind.
After being inspired by the life and writings of Pope John Paul II (then our Pope, today our Patron Saint), he gathered some friends and like-minded youths, and started a small Lay Catholic Humanitarian Organization called the New Thessalonian Apostolate (NTA).
His idea was to inspire young people to become “missionaries in their own backyards” and to change the world “one step at a time”. NTA’s mission was to inspire society to uphold and safeguard human dignity in any and every way possible. NTA believed in serving all people regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, creed, religion, ideology, nationality or gender.
Today, after 23 years in existence, this small Catholic Organization has grown to become NTA Social Enterprises. The work that we do has also grown and evolved from working in our own “backyards” to helping those who need assistance the most, including those involved with drugs, sex workers, troubled youths, gangsters, single mothers, battered women, refugees, etc, in places like Sentul, Brickfields, Klang, Banting and Sungai Petani.
Currently our biggest projects are concentrated on refugee and itinerant communities’ welfare and human development, throughout Malaysia. Some of these includes free schools for refugee children, free medical clinics, maternity care, life skills training, vaccinations for infants, advisory centres, emergency aid and various other programmes.
Over the years, NTA Social Enterprises has remained true to its identity, while at the same time, being an independent and autonomous organisation
NTA is taking “one step at a time” to create a world where everyone has the opportunity to become the best versions of themselves, living a life of integral dignity and free from any form of fear, oppression or social discrimination.