Educator, Caretaker, Writer, Filmmaker: Meet Teacher Zal

Rosahlee Bautista – the kids know her as Teacher Zal – is the head teacher here at Little Hearts. She studied education at the Philippine Normal University and became a licensed school instructor, but her path from her native land to the doorstep of Little Hearts has been anything but conventional. Her work in the Philippines included teaching children of … Read More

Community English Classes: Four Success Stories

Every weekday – either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the school rotation – a small crowd of children from the neighbourhood gather at Little Hearts for their English classes. As you may remember, in an effort to reach out to the wider community and help as many needy children as possible, Little Hearts started to provide free … Read More

A New Foot for Chrissy

Do you remember all your favourite outdoor games from childhood? Playing football on the street, or hide-and-seek in the park, or hopscotch at the playground… whether they were structured games or just running around the neighbourhood with your friends, they were an essential part of being a child. But for one of Little Hearts’ residents, eight-year-old Chrissy, these games weren’t … Read More

A Farewell to Ilse, our Champion Caretaker

After an eventful and highly rewarding six months, Ilse, our temporary caretaker and teacher, is leaving to return to her home in Belgium. Ilse came to Little Hearts in February, primarily to help out in Tony’s absence. As some of you know, Tony had been struggling with a long-term knee injury, and after undergoing an unsuccessful operation in Malaysia last … Read More

Songkheum Thmey: New Hope for 28 Families

During the two years of Covid-19, Little Hearts tried as much as possible to support communities in our neighbourhood that were badly affected by the pandemic. Our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) projects targeted various groups in need, such as inactive cyclo and tuk-tuk drivers in Phnom Penh, and especially clusters of families living in close proximity to Little Hearts … Read More

Feeding the Hungry Youth: Meet our Chef, Ma Khun

Are your kids fussy when it comes to eating? Well, imagine having to cook for three dozen children and young adults who are as fussy as yours, three times a day, every day, and all on your own. This is the unenviable task of our chef extraordinaire and surrogate mother, Ma Khun, whose invaluable contribution to Little Hearts we highlight … Read More

Cabbages and Eggplants: Horticulture at Little Hearts

Those of you who have visited Little Hearts in the past will know that our little campus is characterised by three green areas. There is a large, grassy lawn in the centre of the facility, which also functions as a small football field. In the front of the property, adjacent to the street, the children planted a leisure garden a … Read More

From Scavenger to Black Belt: Sokhoeur’s Story

Five years ago, Little Hearts met Sokhoeur Choun, who would become their now-beloved taekwondo instructor and, in his own words, a second father to the children of Little Hearts. Sokhoeur, a former competitive athlete, came to us through our previous taekwondo teacher, who had been his own instructor growing up. No stranger to poverty, Sokhoeur was the fifth of seven … Read More

A New Teacher and Two Exhibitions: The Arts at Little Hearts

It was a chance encounter that led our new art teacher to Little Hearts. Bjorn and Net, our public affairs administrator, were exploring the outskirts of Phnom Penh one weekend afternoon when they drove past a small café with paintings hanging outside. Intrigued, they went in, ordered coffee and chatted with the owner and painter, Kun Sotha. Still only 35, … Read More

Rising to New Challenges

Several Little Hearts teenagers are currently participating in the Rise Challenge, an annual programme that aims to identify brilliant people from around the world who would like to make a difference by serving others, improving society, or safeguarding the environment – in short, tomorrow’s leaders and social innovators. Applicants must be 15–17 years old and create and carry out a … Read More