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About Us

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Our Mission

Our mission is to build and sustain beautiful homes and provide our children with long term, high quality education. We strive to recreate a loving family, a sense of belonging and strong identity/self esteem. We do this by making sure our staff on the ground has the highest moral standard and share our love and passion for the cause. We have family/relatives close to each home who go to visit often and unannounced. We also send volunteers from the US to stay at our homes and teach them different skills.

We encourage our kids to compete on the basis of their intellect but more importantly on the basis of their character. They all go to public schools so they learn how to integrate with the larger community. We provide after school private tutoring to enhance their education and give them a competitive edge. We focus on English, Math, Computer and Quran/Arabic.

A vision to rebuild a future emerged

Just a few weeks after the December 26, 2004 Asia Tsunami. Our first orphanage in Aceh, Indonesia became a reality only a year later and we’ve been expanding ever since. Read more about how we began and our journey so far.

After the December 26, 2004 Asia Tsunami, one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history, Dian Alyan was determined to act in response to the devastation in her hometown, a small Indonesian territory in Aceh.  Within two weeks, with support from a small group of friends offering to help, Project Noordeen was conceived focusing its efforts on Aceh. But in the bigger scheme of things, it was just the beginning; a new vision was born that day, which would change the future of orphaned children around the world.

Dian Alyan

Founder & CEO

Born in Takengon in Aceh, Indonesia, Dian Alyan has lived a richly rewarding life as a brilliant student, world traveler and highly successful executive at Procter & Gamble. After tragically losing 40 relatives in the deadly Asia tsunami of 2004, she founded GiveLight Foundation to provide a loving home and long term education for the children left orphaned by the disaster. Beginning with one home in Indonesia, Dian envisioned GiveLight to be a global institution helping children in all corners of the world.

Dian loves to read and travel. She’s fortunate to have visited 47 US states and four continents. She enjoys cooking, connecting with people, and learning world languages. She speaks French, Arabic, Indonesian/Malay and English.

Dian loves being a mother to not just her own two boys but to hundreds of children around the world. Read her story as featured in Huffington Post here and watch her testimonial about starting GiveLight here.

Testimonials

Zia Sunnyvale

I have always wondered how the fireflies can sparkle the whole world at night? Those tiny creatures can bring so much life into darkness. What if we can make it possible to touch others' lives by sharing our blessings with less fortunate to make this world a beautiful place for all. This desire has always been burning in my heart until I discovered a true light, GiveLight organization. I was totally intrigued by the idea of supporting and owning the orphanage around the globe without any borders. Being a mother and a professional dealing with children's communication needs every single day, this cause was a true match to my soul. Sister Dian's selfless love and passion to the orphanage around the globe has drawn me to be a part of this wonderful cause.

Fouzan Memon Chicago

Helping children and especially orphans at an early age is very important. Early childhood development attributes to their self confidence, their personalities and their ability to dream and be ambitious. Children are our future and the next generation that will take our values and principles to the next level. This is a subject that I strongly believe in and this is why I support Givelight

Aamir Rehman New York

It is an honor and a privilege to support GiveLight. May the years ahead be full of blessings for all who are devoted to this noble work.

Gary Campanella San Jose

Givelight is unique because the funds it receives goes directly to orphans. When I think of GL I think of caring, caring for every day needs of a child, I think of hope, hope for the future and I think of community; people coming together to help children

Sh. Alaeddin Bakri Cupertino

If there's heaven on earth, this home is as close as it gets." (upon completing his volunteer work in our Aceh home, Indonesia)

Kristin Pugh Los Gatos

Traveling to Aceh and visiting with the children of Givelight home was something we will remember for the rest of our lives. We attempted to communicate the love and support from all of our family and friends to the orphans we were visiting. Each of our supporters was touched and inspired by the story of the children working hard on their education, faith, and life skills. I can only imagine that the more visitors they have, the more confidence and peace they will enjoy for their accomplishments and future.

Basil Hashem Redwood City

I love Givelight and its mission."

AG Arizona

A child well cared for carries the potential to effect astounding change in this world. A person imbued with the lessons of resilience, compassion, and wisdom is a force like none other. And I trust that the people involved with Give Light have the dedication, drive, and openness to provide those opportunities to kids that would otherwise be without."

Nadia Khan Arcadia

Sometimes when my kids are cuddled around me for a story or I'm tucking them into bed at night, I think of all the lonely children who have no one to read to them, or kiss them goodnight, or say a prayer for their well-being, and I feel so heartbroken. Then I think of Dian and her work and the opportunity Allah Most High has given us through this wonderful organization to support the orphans, and my heart is filled with gratitude and hope. Dian could have built one orphanage in her native Indonesia and stopped, her mission fulfilled. But she didn't. She kept going, continuously striving, patiently, tirelessly, never giving up -- like a mother for these kids who have lost their own mothers. I love Give Light, and judging from its rapid growth and success, I believe Allah Most High has blessed this endeavor with His tawfiq.

SA United Kingdom

After reading Sheik Hamza's tweet: "saving a life is saving humanity www.givelight.org", I felt that I should make a small contribution. May you and him reap the blessings

Aisha Subhani Fort Lauderdale

The Give Light Foundation serves as a beacon for orphans who yearn for light and hope in their lives. It is truly a labor of love from people who sincerely wish to serve humanity and enrich the lives of children all over the world."