The Wen family has a history of generosity and philanthropy beginning in the 1960s with its matriarch, Puan Sri Wen. Today, under her mandate, Wen Giving Foundation continues this legacy guided by Mei Wen and her husband Chiu Chi Wen. The foundation is involved in many successful health, education and humanitarian projects, and has a current focus on eye health in the Asia Pacific region.
Wen Giving Foundation’s commitment to eye health has come from more than a decade of working with organisations dedicated to curing avoidable blindness in disadvantaged communities. Seeing the impact of restoring someone’s vision on their life, their family and their community has inspired the foundation to support all levels of eye health. This includes training entry level Allied Ophthalmic Practitioners through to constructing Tertiary Eye Hospitals with world leading partners.
Wen Giving Foundation takes a hands-on role in the projects it supports and ensures that they are run by ethical, transparent and accountable teams on the ground. Special consideration is given to projects that educate and empower young women.
Wen Giving Foundation also supports projects in the areas of education, community support, women & children, and medical & mental health.
View these projects below:
Provided Youth Focus with funding for a new office and long-term naming rights partner of the charity’s main fundraising event 'Hawaiian’s Ride for Youth'. All funds raised go towards delivering frontline services and education programs to reduce symptoms associated with suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm.
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Naming rights partner for the 'Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancers' annual fundraising event. All funds raised go towards research into women’s breast and ovarian cancers.
Hosting ‘A Weekend for Telethon’ at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa in Broome, Western Australia. This major fundraising event has raised over $3.65 million for Telethon to provide much needed support to sick children in Western Australia.
Funding for cervical cancer screening program and a fully equipped laboratory that will provide highly accurate and the highest standards of HPV testing to Malaysian women.
Women’s Aid Organisation
A partnership to empower women and children to break free from the cycle of violence. Wen Giving Foundation is supporting WAO’s team of Social Workers who work collaboratively with government agencies, health authorities, the hospital and the police to provide essential crisis services to women and children survivors of violence.
Selayang Mulia Low Cost Tuition Centre and Kindergarten
SMLC is a housing project developed by Selangor Properties in 2008. To cater to the educational needs of residents living in the flats, Wen Giving Foundation set up a tuition centre and two kindergartens and provided funding for operational expenses.
Teach for Malaysia
A two-year financial support for a Teach for Malaysia Fellow to help children in high-need schools discover their passion for learning and excellence. TFM is part of the global network, Teach for All, which aims to expand educational opportunities around the world.
Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School, Kathmandu
Ongoing boarding and education sponsorship grants for 15 students from remote Himalayan villages and sponsorship of the salary of a Health Assistant (graduate of SMD) for three years, to run a medical clinic in a remote Himalayan village and fund the necessary medical supplies.
Giranchaur Sustainable Village
Wen Giving Foundation provided funding to support the villagers of Giranchaur, Nepal to rebuild their primary school, which was badly damaged in the earthquake of April 2015 and to introduce a sustainable water scheme serving 90 homes in the village.
Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala
Funding towards the construction of 22 accommodation apartments, a communal meditation space and large kitchen/dining area for the monastery’s ageing monks.
Scala Santa (Holy Stairs), Vatican
Funding for the art restoration of the fresco’s surrounding the four stairwells leading to the San Lorenzo Chapel.
Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Funding for construction of a one-stop facility where cancer suffers receive diagnosis, medical treatment, integrative services and support in a coordinate manner.
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Funding for the construction of the mental health observation unit, which provides six dedicated beds and two chairs in an appropriate low-stimulus setting for mental health patients arriving at the emergency department.
Hours to Sunset (UWA)
A gift to the University of Western Australia; a venetian glass mosaic sundial created by Shaun Tan, world-renowned artist, award-winning author and filmmaker and UWA graduate.