Founder's Profile

Yayasan Mentari Dunia was founded by four ordinary people from different backgrounds but with the same desire to give back to the society through constructive and meaningful ways. Putting their compassion into actions, these founders started from visiting and volunteering in orphanages in Batam, Indonesia, to setting up their very own Children’s Home in late 2013 and welcoming their first group of children on 4th April 2014, all in the hope of changing and empowering lives.

 

Chandra Setiadji (Founder / Programme Volunteer)

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Hailing from the second largest city in Indonesia, Surabaya, Chandra Setiadji is now a Singapore PR and has been working in Singapore as a System Analyst. Chandra has a constant burden for the future of his countrymen, leading him to start this Children Home to create opportunities for the underprivileged and homeless children through the vehicles of education and technology so that they can make valuable contribution to Indonesia. Chandra is involved in the programme of the Home to enhance children’s learning journey. Making monthly journeys with his wife, Mona, both of them helped ensure the socio-emotional well being of the children through sessions of sharing and bonding activities.

 

Monalisa Chan (Co-Founder / Administration Volunteer)

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Married to Chandra, Monalisa Chan has a heart for the less fortunate. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Food Science at UNL, USA. During her college years, she has worked part-time as a counsellor at children summer camps. Through this Home, Mona hopes to bring love into the lives of under-privileged children, lighting the way to a brighter future and developing them into confident adults. Mona is involved in counselling the children, ensuring their voices are heard.

 

 

 

Sheela Zee (Founder / Finance Volunteer)

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Sheela Zee, a Singaporean and mother of two boys, began her career working with Intellectually Disabled (ID) youths / adults at a sheltered workshop for seven years before joining the early childhood field with Co-Founder, Ng Teong Bee. Together, they embarked on their early childhood journey in 1999 by starting a childcare center, educating and nurturing children from aged 2 months to 6 years old. Having undergone professional training and earning a Bachelor in Early Childhood Studies, Diploma in Preschool Education and Certificate in Infant and Toddler Care, Sheela believes that her current knowledge, skills and expertise can be shared in a more meaningful way which prompted her to start this initiative. Her greatest desire is to help build the lives of needy children, giving them the opportunities to excel and breaking the boundaries of self-limitations. Sheela is involved in the financial operations of the Home to ensure accountability to donors and sponsors. 

 

Ng Teong Bee, Nicole (Co - Founder / Fund Raising Volunteer)

NicoleNg Teong Bee, Nicole a Singaporean and mother of 3, shared similar career path with Sheela and that was the beginning of their partnership from working with Intellectually Disabled (ID) youths / adults at a sheltered workshop to starting their first childcare centre in 1999. Earning a Bachelor in Early Childhood Studies, Diploma in Preschool Education and a Certificate in Infant and Toddler Care,  Teong Bee believes that each child can be empowered to do greater things given the opportunities of quality care and education. She hopes to provide a better learning environment so as to nurture and empower each child in creating a better future for themselves. Teong Bee is currently involved in the children’s fund raising activities to help fund the operations of the Home.Making monthly trips to Batam with Sheela, they help to  ensure the physical needs of the children are met through purchasing monthly groceries and ensuring the overall well-being of the children

 

Sheela and Teong Bee are working in Moriah Schoolhouse LLP, (Singapore) of which Sheela is a partner. Moriah Schoolhouse LLP has helped sponsored the entire construction of the Children’s Home in Batam which was completed in January 2014.