In 1994, Robert Kee felt called to help the children in Cambodia after watching a TV program, “Inside Asia” on child prostitution in Cambodia. After two weeks of “discussion and negotiation with God”, he made his first trip to Cambodia in 1995 and has since, never looked back. Serving as a philanthropist and volunteer, he learned that while many are keen to receive his funds, they are less enthusiastic about revealing in detail how the funds were spent. He decided that the best way would be to set up a foundation that owns the properties and assets, recruit the local staff and executes the programs with regular supervision from Singapore. Rather than donating money to third parties in the countries concerned, OHF will set up its own entities in the various countries and build, manage and own its facilities. In this way, accountability and soft skills can be implemented in a structured and disciplined manner. Operation Hope Foundation was registered as a charity in Singapore and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 4 July 2001 (Company registration 200104386W).
To date, OHF runs four programmes: