OUR STORY

VISION

Lift disadvantaged Asians out of poverty

MISSION

Develop long term, sustainable social development programmes for disadvantaged communities that empower them to be economically independent and to live with dignity.

THE LOGO

The letters M and L form the filament of a light bulb, which is an icon for knowledge and innovation.

The circle signifies the solidarity of humanity, the continuity of life, the inclusiveness of love and the promise of hope.

The colour yellow projects joy, vitality, courage, optimism, kindness, enlightenment, and growth.

The elements come together to represent the mission of Magical Light Foundation to bring hope to the world.

ABOUT US

ASIA’S NEED

With two-thirds of the world’s poor residing in Asia and the Pacific region, Magical Light Foundation (MLF) is on a mission to develop long term, sustainable social development programmes for disadvantaged communities in Asia, ultimately empowering them to be economically independent and able to live with dignity.

MLF aims to achieve these objectives through the advancement of education, healthcare, community development, environmental conservation and humanitarian assistance. Focusing on South and Southeast Asia where there are large concentrations of natural disasters, armed conflicts, food insecurity and economic inequality in recent years, the Foundation has and will continue to work with communities in need to improve their livelihoods and uplift underprivileged Asians out of poverty.

WHEN IT ALL STARTED

Originally founded in Chiang Mai, it all started when Singaporean Ben Cheong, a former businessman and gemstone trader went on his first pilgrimage to Myanmar and witnessed students in a remote village wearing rags as school uniforms. He purchased and distributed new uniforms to the children and news of his generosity spread. Soon after, he was approached to contribute to school building and within the first three weeks of his official fundraising campaign, Ben managed to raise funds to build 3 schools.

One quote that remains embedded in Ben’s mind is by a monk who manages one of the three schools: ‘It is a big deal for the village to have a school. The village has waited 30 years for such an opportunity.’

Motivated by how a small gesture can change generations of lives, Ben now focuses his time on charity and awareness of the disadvantaged in South and Southeast Asia.

SINGAPORE

In an effort to serve the wider community of the region Magical Light Foundation’s headquarters now resides in Singapore with the intention to expand our portfolio to address the five sustainability goals within South and Southeast Asia.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MaryAnn Mendis

Chairman

Albert Teo

Chairman of Audit Committee

Dr. Kaan Sheung Kin

Audit Committee

Lily Ko

Audit Committee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Ben Cheong

Founder & Executive Director
Operations & Volunteer

Dionne Chin

Executive Director
Corporate & Publicity

Mark Tan

Executive Director
Programmes & Partnerships

DIRECTORS

Karen Ng

Director
Programmes

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Yang Derong

Director
Sponsorship (Marketing)

Felix Oen

Director
Sponsorship

Dr. Loretta Chen

Director
Research

Fabian Kwa

Director
Volunteers

Izyan Nadzirah

Director
Publicity

Ong Siew Choo

Financial Controller

Loh Woan Hwa

Director
Risk Management Audit

Dexter Ong

Director
Corporate

Tan Wee Teck

Director
Collaboration

MANAGERS

Sharon Anne

Manager
Newsletter & Social Media

Jacob Issac

Manager
Information Technology

ADVISOR

Michael Heng

Advisor
Human Resource

COUNTRY DIRECTOR

Collins Santhanasamy

Country Director
Bangladesh