Fondacio in Asia

Fondacio in Asia

A community of disciples in Asia going beyond the frontiers, going to the peripheries, in a mission of love and service to the youth, poors, couples & families.

Origin of the mission

Fondacio was born in 1974 in France, under the name of Communauté de Poitiers. In the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and as part of the "new communities" that emerged from the Charismatic Renewal, its purpose was the formation and evangelization of the younger generations.

It was first of all the reception in 1979 of four Vietnamese seminarians (boat-people) who took refuge in France and then the meeting of a priest from the Paris Foreign Missions (MEP) by young people from the Poitiers community on a mission in a refugee camp in Thailand, which brought Fondacio into contact with Asia.

This was followed by the call of Bishop Vendargon of Kuala Lumpur to young people in Poitiers to come and create a community in Malaysia. Seven of them left in 1981 for Malaysia, then to the Philippines to launch Fondacio in each of these countries.

Fondacio’s journey in Asia

In the mid-1980s, young people from Asia came to France for training at the Institute of Formation Fondacio. Returning to their country and with the support of French missionaries, they developed community activities, as well as social and humanitarian projects, in the spirituality and DNA of Fondacio, starting at a large landfill from Manila to Payatas, and in other fields such as literacy and education, development and social entrepreneurship, particularly in Myanmar.

Fondacio’s journey in Asia began through the birth of two communities in Malaysia (1981) and Philippines (1982). The growth during the first decade was through the presence of French members who came to Asia as full time lay missionaries. The main orientation then was the transmission of the Spirituality of Fondacio and the formation of local leaders. Today, we are a Community in Mission engaged in community building, evangelization activities, youth education and social development projects in Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and China.

Our Teams in Asia

Regional Team – Alice Tan, Annie Yap & Roger Barelli

Our actions

Formation & Education Programs:

IFF Asia (Institute of Formation Fondacio Asia) – A hub of formation and regional learning network, helping young adults specialize or grow in their call and vocation. Offering programs equipping them with competencies to become change actors and project leaders for the renewal of Church and Society. Provides ongoing formation for persons and groups involved in Ministry and society with workshops on midlife transition, accompaniment, youth ministry, lay leadership, pastoral and strategic planning etc. 

YLDCs (Youth Livelihood and Development Centers) Across Asia - YLDC focuses on the youth, particularly those who are disadvantaged, to help them build a future for themselves, their families and society. It provides trainings and formations to help the youth develop the knowledge, skills and values that will make them self-reliant and give them opportunities for a better life. YLDC is present in Vientiane, Laos; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Yangon and Myitkina, Myanmar; and Quezon City, Philippines.

Evangelization Activities:

CLUB (Community Leaders Unity Building) – An opportunity for young people of different cultures and faiths to serve together for a common and shared experience. 

Youth and Evangelization Camps – Awaken young people to their uniqueness and potential as a human being, helping them to become responsible for their lives and encounter God’s love in new ways.

Social Projects:

Green Pastures – a rural community empowerment project in Tyegi village in Shwebo, Myanmar.

Youn Sone – a social enterprise born in Myanmar that promotes sustainable fashion through dresses made by women for women by adding a modern touch to traditional fabric.


Contact information:

Fondacio Asia Inc.

Radio Veritas Asia Compound Buick Street, 

Fairview Park 1118 Quezon City, Philippines 


Fondacio in Asia

Institute of Formation Fondacio