Selected in Forbes Asia’s 2016 “30 under 30” list, Wai Jia’s extensive medical & humanitarian work internationally has raised almost $200,000 for vulnerable women and children in need globally.
A writer and illustrator of 4 books, her journey of overcoming depression and anorexia inspires many today. After her recovery, she served as a medical volunteer for a year in Uganda, and was featured on Channel NewsAsia in their documentary series in 2015 as a Singaporean making outstanding contributions abroad. She was awarded as an Honoree of the Singapore Woman Award in 2015 and Young Outstanding Singaporean Award in 2011 at the age of 24.
Today, as a physician, author & illustrator of 4 picture books, she is launching Kitesong Global, an international social venture dedicated to inspiring people to pursue their dreams by sharing stories of hope. Through the power of art and narrative, philanthropy, advocacy and education, Kitesong Global empowers people to catalyze change for community transformation.
Currently, Wai Jia is graduating from a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her studies were fully funded on 3 scholarships- the Fulbright Scholarship, Johns Hopkins MPH Scholarship and the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship. She graduates with the following honors:
• Delta Omega Award (2018)- awarded to those in the top 10% of the graduating class.
• Excellence in International Public Health Practice Award (2018) for starting Kitesong Global, recognizing students for outstanding public health practice contributions that has made or has great potential to make a sustained impact on a health-related outcome.
• Johns Hopkins Masters of Public Health Field Experience Award (2017)
• Student Recognition Award (2018) to recognize and honor those that have shown excellence in improving education or quality of life at the School or in the community.
A sought-after speaker on various international platforms, her passion is to impact our next generation to be emotionally-resilient, faith-filled, and globally-minded changemakers of tomorrow.
An author and illustrator of 4 books
At the age of 19, Wai Jia published her first picture book “Kitesong” to raise more than $110’000 to build an orphanage in Nepal. Her 2nd book, “A Taste of Rainbow” raised awareness about depression and eating disorders, after her battle with anorexia and depression herself. Her 3rd book “I love you”, launched on the couple’s wedding day in 2012, raised funds for anti-human trafficking ministries in Cambodia and Calcutta. Her latest book “Savour”, which challenges the meaning of Success, raises funds for needy children in Africa and challenges us to rethink the meaning the purpose of our lives.
More on her musings here: www.kitesong.sg/blog. You may contact her at email@example.com.
Having survived cancer and a liver transplant at the age of 10, Cliff’s inspirational story tells of a life of resilience and faith.
In 2007, he completed an Iron Man event, consisting of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride, and 42.2km run. At the age of 32, he gave up his career in Canada to serve as a missionary in OMF International in Singapore as an IT specialist, and then as a missionary under Cornerstone Community Church to Africa.
Cliff’s passion for life is infectious. He has been speaking at churches, colleges and various events to share his story of compassion, faith and endurance. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity. When not reading the Bible, he can be found on his bike, playing peekaboo with their baby, or sneakily planning the craziest surprises for his wife.
Read his musings here: www.clifftam.com
Crazy about each other and the God who saved them, Cliff and Wai Jia share an insatiable passion for helping the poor & needy.
In 2014, God called them to serve in Uganda for a year. They believe it is just the beginning of a lifelong journey in serving the needy. Come journey alongside them!
More about their divine love story on The Wonderful Story of Cliff and Wai Jia.