Fondacio in Malaysia

Fondacio in Malaysia since 1981

Fondacio Malaysia’s mission is to deepen our relationship with God through personal and communitarian prayer life, and to share the same with others.

Fondacio Malaysia was born in 1981 when The Most Reverend Dominic Vendargon, then Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur invited the first French Fondacio missionaries to Malaysia.

Touched by their witnessing, a group of Malaysian youth were inspired to start a community in Malaysia. They soon began to thrive, and were instrumental in the formation of many young adults in the country.

By the 2000s, Fondacio Malaysia members were also sent to various countries as full-time missionaries, serving and growing various Christian communities across Asia.

The Country Coordination Team of Malaysia is composed of Mary Magdalene Chin (Coordinator), Maria Yan and Douglas Teoh. Other project team members are Adelle Lim and Annie Yap.

average income

1903 $/month

Annual growth



6.9% pop.

Human  Index

0.802 (57th)

life expectancy

75.5 years

Situation of poverty

16% pop.

Our actions in Malaysia

YLDC Malaysia: Alternative education programme for marginalised youth in Kuala Lumpur. The current center, which is based in the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, focuses on offering Life Skills, Personal Mastery and Media Literacy modules to mostly refugee young working adults.

Weekends of Evangelisation to help young adults deepen their relationship with God, discover the meaning of their being, and awaken their vocation in life.


c/o St John’s Cathedral
5 Jalan Bukit Nanas
50250 Kuala Lumpur

Fondacio in Malaysia

Fondacio Malaysia

Living our simplicity, our vulnerability, our giftedness including our poverty, in the richness of God.



YLDC Malaysia Alumni

I had such great experiences in the YLDC program. Before I joined the program I wasn't really confident about myself. But after I joined the program I gained self-confidence and it helped to know myself better. YLDC program also helped tremendously in learning English as it is very important for me as a refugee here. Not only the skills, but I also learned morals and values.


Adelle Lim

Adelle Lim

YLDC staff and Fondacio member

I first got involved with Fondacio Malaysia and its project YLDC 3 years ago as a volunteer. At the time, I was just coming out of a deep depression and learning to serve the marginalised while journeying with the community gave me the hope and courage to continue living. Now I’m a full-time lay missionary under Fondacio Asia working with refugee young adults and youth, and I’m grateful for the love and joy I’ve received from both the communities and the people I meet.  


Derrick Z Chan

Derrick Z Chan

YLDC volunteer teacher

I had the pleasure of working with students at Young Lives as an English teacher and a facilitator. I am proud to be part of this transformative experience for YLDC and its stakeholders. The learning was both ways, as I taught, I have also received from the experience of teaching. The students/participants/programme coordinator taught me the value of continuous learning and development; and what it meant for young people and refugees in our country. In the coming months and years, I hope YLDC could garner more support to continue making a difference in communities where it has a presence.




YLDC student

I love YLDC. I learned English and Media Literacy here. I found myself, my way, and a good community. I’ve also met good friends and good teachers who can guide me and love me. Now I know how to find my dream and to move forward. I like all our activities and classes. It’s the best step for me and really useful for my life. Thank you, YLDC!


Institute of Formation Fondacio

Economical context

Country of 32 million people about to join the ranks of developed countries, Malaysia is the 4 th  economic power of ASEAN in terms of GDP (314.5 billion USD in 2017) and the 3 rd behind Singapore and Brunei in terms of GDP per capita (USD 9,812 in 2017). Malaysia has a diversified market economy: services (54% of GDP), manufacturing (23%), hydrocarbons and mines (8.4%), agriculture (8.2%), and construction (4%). 6%).

The state plays a leading economic role through Government Linked Companies and the five-year plans that guide economic activity. A powerful state aid scheme is in place, focused on services, the electronics and aeronautics industry, as well as downstream production industries from the country's natural resources (hydrocarbons, palm oil, natural rubber).

Trade Malaysia are predominantly intra-Asia, with China being the 1 st  trading partner (16.4% of Malaysia's trade, including 13.5% of exports) and ASEAN's 1 st regional market (27, 5% of trade) , with Singapore as the main partner (14.5%) and Thailand (6.3%). G3 countries (US, EU, Japan) account for a stable share of trade (26.6%, of which 9.9% for the EU).

Based on a sound regulatory and institutional framework, a prudent macroeconomic policy, particularly in terms of fiscal deficit (3.0% in 2017), and an openness to foreign capital flows, the business climate is seen as favorable to business and investments.

Country risk is deemed low by rating agencies, with Malaysia rated as stable A3 (Moody's), A- stable (Standard & Poor's), A- stable (Fitch's) and A3 (country risk) Coface.