About us/关于我们

HopefulHearts Nanjing

Hopeful Hearts is a non-profit charity run by local Chinese and expatriate volunteers. Our aim is to raise awareness and funds in order to provide life saving heart surgeries for children of 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 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.


Our Story 我们的故事

We currently have partnerships and receive cases from the Second Hospital Nanjing, the Nanjing Children’s Hospital and the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Hospital, all specialists in cardiac surgery.

Many of the cases we receive are critical by the time they reach us and surgery is often arranged within a matter of days. We see and hear many moving stories of families in need, without work, with multiple health issues or disabilities in the family, often in debt that will take a lifetime to repay. The families are desperate to save their children but have nowhere else to turn.

This is where we can make a real difference.



Incoporation with 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.

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


Meet the Team 我们的团队

Part of the team in spring 2019.

We are a group of Chinese and expatriate volunteers living and working in Nanjing (around 30 active volunteers plus many more supporters). There are two more teams operating in Guangzhou and Chengdu. Current Chair Person Nanjing: Ellen Wieck-Mesarosch, Hospital Coordinator: Gao Mei