The charity began with an emphasis on helping martial arts students in Africa with their training, education and health. However, recently it has extended its remit to include young people beyond the martial arts community. The new objectives, approved by the Charity Commission, are to improve and encourage the education of children and young people (in particular but not exclusively students of martial arts) who are attending or seek to attend schools or universities. It also operates to preserve and protect the health of students (in particular but not exclusively students of martial arts) who may otherwise be deprived of such care.


Stephen and his mother Kwok Meil Wah

Recent projects

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The Charity has recently paid for an operation for a young karate student, Alstern, in Zimbabwe to have a growth  successfully removed.


 Zimbabwean karate champion, Winston Nyanhete (right), is studying for his degree with tuition fees paid by the Foundation.

Stephen’s first philanthropic involvement was in the raising of funds for Biafran refugees at the height of the Nigerian civil war in 1969. Since then he has benefacted a number of organisations, causes and individuals and, most recently, has provided underwriting for the book publication of African authors and scholarship support. In 2001 he established the Kwok Meil Wah Foundation, named after his late mother. It is registered charity 1098331 and is run by a limited liability company (no. 4218140) of the same name. The company directors, who are also trustees of the charity are:


Dr Ranka Primorac (Secretary)
Dr Steve Taplin
Hutan Ashrafian MB BS MRCS
Katy Crofton LLB
Dr Andy Roosen and Paul Danisa MBA serve as international advisers.

If you would like to make a donation to the charity please contact us by email or at the below postal address


The Kwok Meil Wah Foundation

Flat 11
St. Georges Mansions
Causton Street
London SW1P 4RZ