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).

“心的希望”是由在华国际友人和中国志愿者共同组成的志愿者团队。我们的目标是唤醒社会慈善意识以及筹款,来帮助中国低收入家庭孩子接受心脏病手术。

团队于2003年成立于南京,目前还有成都团队(2009年成立)及广州团队(2012年成立)同时运作。

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.

2002年11月,两位外国友人在南京街头发现了一个弃婴,他们给他取名为“Loetje”。很不幸的是他先天心脏病严重且未救治及时而夭折。“心的希望”就此成立来纪念这名男婴。

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.

我们先后同广东省妇幼保健院番禺分院,广东省人民医院签订了合同,接受两院推荐的病例。

很多病例都需要在接下来的几天马上完成手术,情况紧急。我们接触到的低收入家庭,有一些甚至家中几人患不同程度疾病或残疾,为治病举债几十万,要一辈子打工来偿还。他们救子心切,却求助无门。

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.

爱德基金会是经民政部注册的非营利慈善机构。“心的希望”做为爱德基金会的项目存续。爱德基金会帮助“心的希望”管理账户,确保志愿者活动合规有序进行,并完成同合作医院的结算。

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