Tax Notice:The Mark
Obama Ndesandjo Foundation Limited is not a charity. Although it engages in
charitable purposes it primarily focuses on being a non-for-profit organization
to promote the 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. Note that according to Hong Kong’s “A Tax Guide for
Charitable Institutions and Trusts of a Public Character”, a charity must be
established exclusively for charitable purposes. We are not registered under section 88 of the Inland Revenue
Ordinance (Cap.112) and donations are
generally not tax-deductible. From time to time, however, we will
partner with other organizations who can offer tax benefits on a case by case
The Mark Obama Ndesandjo Foundation Limited is a Hong Kong established Limited Liability Foundation established in 2013. Its goal is to promote cultural exchange between Asia, Africa and America, with a focus on young and disadvantaged children. The Board of Management comprises 5 Councillors who meet annually and are consulted on proposals and fund solicitation.
The Foundation builds on Mark Obama Ndesandjo's personal experience and proven track record of over ten years working with orphans in China. Its unique focus is sharing art with children as well as other disadvantaged kids to help build a global community.
Many people in China and the world are also aware of the Obama family and the Foundation builds on this with dignity and respect for global cultures.
The Foundation develops art opportunities for young people, complementing work study and language initiatives already underway in China, Kenya and America, all within an integrated framework.
The programs aim to link global communities based on active participation of Foundation members, corporations, the public and relevant government institutions.
The Foundation's Goals
Note: Some of these projects are pending and depend upon future support of individuals, organizations and local communities. As such they map out the ideal goals of the Foundation.
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 Emory. He 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.
About the Novel
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.