Chinese Version
The New Foundation Brochure
World Peace through
Pen Pal Program
2017 Annual Meeting in Guangzhou
Teaching Teachers About Music Education
Heavenly Questions from 2400 years ago
Piano + 1 Program in Full Swing
UNECC/Green Ambassador Honor
Tax Exempt Certification for Foundation
Complete Poems of Li Shangyin Translated By Mark Are Now Online
Soccer Team and Art in the Kibera slum
Education to Employment in Kenya
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The Mark Obama Foundation Ltd's goal is to foster cultural exchanges between Asia, America and Africa, with an emphasis on helping young people appreciate art.


"Over 12 years ago I was drawn to China by its rich culture, the warmth and dynamism of its people and the opportunity to help kids in need. Since then I have wanted to make people aware of the plight of the orphans that I work with. As an American raised in the beautiful land of Kenya and a member of a global family I strongly believe that every one of us has a moral obligation to help others in need, even if it is just for five minutes each day. I want this book to help us raise awareness of domestic violence, help improve the lives of disadvantaged children, and above all, to help bring people together through the power of love." - Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo.


Kids and Dreams (US Embassy Tirana)


Meeting a reader at the Shanghai Book Fair (Eastday)

Good news! Two very sick kids, Qian Bao Hui and Qian Lu Jia, were adopted in August and will finally have much needed operations abroad! Thanks for your kind wishes!

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The Mark Obama Ndesandjo Foundation Limited is a charity which promotes the education, development, understanding and valuing of diverse classical and modern art and music, particularly among the young and the disadvantaged. A portion of profits from Mark’s music recordings and book sales will also contribute to the fund.  in Hong Kong, we are registered under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap.112) and donations are tax-deductible. From time to time,  we will partner with other organizations who can offer tax benefits on a case by case basis. The Board of Management comprises 5 Councillors (including the Chairman) who meet annually and are consulted on proposals and fund solicitations.

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Chinese Brush Painting
Chinese calligraphy is a unique and rich art. It is not only an art form more than three thousand years old but has evolved and influenced Asian art in innumerable ways. The tools are simple: rice paper, a soft hair brush and black ink. Although Chinese has more than forty thousand characters, it only uses seven basic strokes. However, because of the malleability of the hair brush and the innumerable permutations of each character, it is quite difficult to master. If the stroke is too fast, the result is an ugly white gap. If too slow, the ink bleeds over the paper. Ideal calligraphy, therefore, is almost like dancing in its blending of speed, direction and pressure.
Fortune and Peace (Calligraphy: M. Obama Ndesandjo) China's Rich Culture (Calligraphy: M. Obama Ndesandjo) It's Hard Being Foolish (Calligraphy: M. Obama Ndesandjo)
About the novel Nairobi To Shenzhen
The protagonist, upon arriving in China in the wake of 911 and the onset of a terrifying global war, is forced to confront his early experiences in Kenya and the United States as a result of his growing love for a beautiful Chinese woman and a young orphan. Parallels between his own upbringing and the potential family that lies before him lead to questions about his true identity, the complexities of his multi-racial family and the relationship he had known with his father. 15% of profits from book sales are donated to help disadvantaged children.
Piano Music composed by Mark (Now on
Born in Kenya and a fifteen year resident of Shenzhen, People's Republic of China, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo is an accomplished American pianist, writer, artist and businessman. He is Adjunct Professor of Arts and Media at Beijing Normal University and has a BSc. Physics (also completed BA math requirements) from Brown University, an MSc Physics from Stanford and an EMBA from EmoryHe is an HSK L7 (advanced) Mandarin speaker and writer, and an avid brush calligrapher. 
His business advises investors aiming to link Asia, Africa and the USA, using over 25 years of communications and international branding experience gained as a senior manager at Lucent, Nortel and other companies.
In addition to his first book, Nairobi to Shenzhen, he has completed a memoir, An Obama's Journey, and published 3 piano CDs, The Untimely Ones, Night Moods and his own composition Reflections on William Blake. His current projects include translating to English the complete works of Tang Dynasty poet Li Shangyin. Mark has been regularly volunteering piano lessons to orphans in and around Shenzhen since 2002. He is Shenzhen's Volunteer Image Ambassador and China's Special Olympics Image Ambassador, as appointed by the Chinese government. Mark is also Image Ambassador for the France-China Cultural Forum.  Recently he established the Mark Obama Ndesandjo Foundation Ltd for cultural exchange, whose goal is to bring art to youth and the disadvantaged.
The Untimely Ones: Now available!
Celebrating Shenzhen Welfare Center's 20th Anniversary
Mark at the Shenzhen Anti-Domestic Violence Centre
Calligraphy demonstration in Beijing at UIBE.
Talking Culture at the American International School in Guangzhou
Performing in Guangzhou