Welcome to The Handa Foundation

For the past 20 years Dr. Haruhisa Handa, through various organizations that he leads, has been generously supporting the development of Cambodia and it's recovery from decades of war. This support has included the formation and development of the University of Cambodia, the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, the Future Light Orphanage of World Mate, the South East Asia Television Station, various programs of the Cambodian Red Cross, and several other important initiatives.

In 2012 Dr. Haruhisa Handa founded a new International NGO called The Handa Foundation, which has been registered in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Cambodia. It is a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit organization with the mission of building hospitals and schools in various countries of Southeast Asia. It receives funding from various individuals and organizations, and is driven by Dr. Handa’s visionary leadership.

The Handa Foundation supports the Handa Medical Center and Handa Model Farm in Cambodia, the Handa Nursing School in Laos, the Handa Global Scholars Program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as other events and initiatives. Current events from the activities of The Handa Foundation can be found on the Facebook account located at www.facebook.com/TheHandaFoundation. Programs of The Handa Foundation are intended to reflect the following criteria:

  • They function in close cooperation with authorities of the local government.
  • They have a significant and immediate impact on their communities.
  • They are designed to be increasingly self-sustaining over time.
  • They provide training opportunities for local professionals.
  • They serve a disadvantaged population within the country.


The World Mate Foundation manages several programs including the World Mate Emergency Hospital (www.wmeh.org), located adjacent to the Handa Medical Center. The Handa Foundation works closely with the World Mate Foundation, the Cambodian Ministry of Health, and with dozens of other organizations both in Cambodia and throughout the world.