Curious about the minds and driving forces behind Little Hearts Learning? Meet our team and read about our goals and where we want to take LHL next!
“At Little Hearts Learning, we believe providing equal education opportunities to young children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty”
Eliza Taylor, Board President
Little Hearts Learning was born from one simple idea, “Equal education for all.” Since its inception in 2019, Little Hearts Learning has committed to this vision. What started as a handful of well-intentioned individuals, has bloomed into a family of Board Members, Staff Members, Volunteers and Donors. A unified front, all working together to break the poverty cycle through education.
2020 for many of us, was not without its challenges. However, our spirit would not be broken. After vigorous fundraising, interactive campaigns, and the support of our generous donors, Little Hearts Learning embarked on its first steps to realizing its vision. LHL has fully funded two early childhood education centers being built in remote communities along the Kokoda Trek. We have lit up two villages with the installation of 96 solar panels, and sponsored the education of 8 local teachers to complete their studies. In addition, Little Hearts Learning has several benevolence funds aimed to boost the economy in remote villages, from sponsoring local businesses to helping families with rent and medical care. LHL is committed to the continued support of these villages. Learn more about benevolence sponsorship here (link).
Our hard work doesn’t stop there, LHL is always searching to extend our reach to those underserved. Branching out to lend a helping hand to ensure the younger generation receive an education no matter their race, gender or socioeconomic background.
From humble beginnings, LHL has gone from strength to strength and will continue to do so with each passing day. Eagerly striving to make a positive impact to those most needy. By engaging young minds, empowering the communities we serve and inspiring the next generation, LHL is committed to making its vision a reality.
Little Hearts Learning is the embodiment of how one simple idea “Equal education for all” can unify a collective into action and ignite change for a better world. If you believe in equal education and have a desire to create a brighter future for those in underserved communities, we’ve got more to share.
We provide aid through educational services, school infrastructure, food and shelter programs, and medical resources in order to break the poverty cycle in the communities we serve.
To see poverty diminish
and communities thrive
Eliza Taylor was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She started acting at the age of 11 when she got one of the leads in a Disney show called Pirate Islands. She acted all through her teens on such shows as The Sleepover Club and Neighbours. In her early 20’s, she taught drama at The Actors Nest before heading off to LA where she landed her first major American role in the hit show The 100. Eliza was always interested in giving back. She adopted dolphins through the Dolphin Research Institute, as she was very concerned for endangered species and ocean conservation. When she was 12, she sponsored a child in Malawi through World Vision the same age as her. She continued to sponsor the boy, Umali, through high school until they were both 18. It gave her a great sense of purpose. She wanted to do more. Over the years, she educated herself through hands-on experience with those in need. Through charitable fundraisers she has raised thousands of dollars for various causes around the globe. With her role as the President of Little Hearts Learning, she is hoping to make her greatest impact yet.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Dr. Michele Gorman earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Jacksonville University. Additionally, Dr. Gorman is certified in non-profit management by the Center for Non-Profit Management and Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Gorman has twenty-nine years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, working with organizations across the US. She is accredited with developing and operating non-profits across Texas, advising government representatives from other states in the area of program development and her board experience is vast.
As a proud adoptive parent, Dr. Gorman believes that the value of education cannot be overstated. If a child is provided with an education, the world becomes a place of possibility and greater opportunity.
Bob was born in small country town in Victoria, Australia. He has a Bachelors in Creative Arts and began acting professionally at the age of 20 in theatre throughout Melbourne. Since then he has appeared in TV and Film around the globe.
Having been involved in fundraising for Peter MaCullum Cancer Center, Jed Foundation, Beyond Blue, RFS, CFA and also a volunteer at the Edmund Rice Foundation, Bob has always had a higher calling for those in need.
Bob has family in the Philippines and he has witnessed the importance of a quality education. When his cousins moved from the Philippines to Australia, he witnessed firsthand the hardships endured when an individual has to uproot their life to seek higher education. It is his belief that a quality education should be accessible to all, without the need to leave their family or community behind. Bob has joined Little Hearts Learning to bring this strong-held belief into a reality for children and families around the world.
Michael has been a native Bostonian all his life. He holds a Masters degree in Professional Accountancy, as well as his Bachelors degree from Bryant University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts. Currently Michael, is the CFO of a small law firm, where his responsibilities include the firm’s finances, IT infrastructure, human resources, and regulatory/insurance compliance.
Having held a strong belief in education all his life, at a young age Michael taught his sister to read before she was three. In undergraduate school, Michael served as President of Bryant University’s Honor’s Program. He has previously used his own education for good, volunteering with the Internal Revenue Service’s VITA/TCE program. The program prepares tax returns for the elderly and struggling families who rely on government programs as well as tax credits to make enough money to survive. Michael’s hope is that through Little Hearts Learning we can expand access to education, and improve the lives of children and families around the world.