Hopeful Hearts is a non-profit charity run by local Chinese and expatriate volunteers with the aim of raising funds to provide lifesaving heart surgeries for children from low income Chinese families.

The charity was created in 2003 in Nanjing and we now have additional teams in Chengdu (created in 2009) and Guangzhou (created in 2012).



How we started 成立

In November 2002, two ladies in Nanjing Helen and Mira found an abandoned baby on the side of the road. They named him “Loetje”. Sadly he did not survive due to a heart defect. Hopeful Hearts was founded in his memory.


Read more of Helen’s Diary to know the whole story.

Partnerships with specialized hospitals 与专科医院的合作

We have partnerships and receive cases from the Women and Children’s Hospital of Guangdong , the Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, and The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. All specialize in cardiac surgery.


Ways of fundraising 筹款渠道

Hopeful Hearts raises funds by organizing events, selling merchandise and working together with supporting partners. We organize various social fundraising parties and tours. We attend bazaars and fairs selling Hopeful Hearts merchandise and offering activities for kids.

Donations are our main source of revenue. We receive generous donations from international and local schools, community social groups, local businesses as well as individuals. If an organization supports us we are able to specify exactly which cases it will have supported. This can be advertised within its network/ community and will give a ‘name and face’ to donations.

Of all the funds raised by Hopeful Hearts, 96% is used solely for the medical costs of the children supported. 4% is used to cover administration costs by the Amity Foundation.




Incoporation with the Amity Foundation 爱德基金会

Hopeful Hearts is legally incorporated under the umbrella of the Amity Foundation. They manage our bank account, ensure legal compliance and interface with our partner hospitals.