Our inner circle members are like family to the LHL team. We would not be where we are today without them and their support. We asked them to explain what their experience being an inner circle member was like. This is what they had to say:
When I heard that my two favorite actors were trying to build, among other things, schools in villages in underprivileged countries…
2020 is my 10th year of teaching. A full decade
in the profession. In the year of 2020, of all things. I wanted to…
“The last 11 years of my career I’ve spent in the high-end design and construction world; I LOVE my job and what I do, but…
Once I learned about Little Hearts Learning and Cornerstone I knew I needed to be a part of it. Bob and Eliza are such genuine, special people and the whole experience has meant more to me than words can say.
I was nervous starting the calls, and within a minute I felt so comfortable and calm. They have a way about them that just makes you feel heard and special. Every call we had went by so fast because we just had so much fun! They were candid and funny and real and it’s something that is really a once in a lifetime kind of experience.
Everyone involved in LHL is so nice and inviting it feels like a family. I am really excited to see the future and what is to come, I plan on being a part of Little Hearts Learning in any way I can for a very long time.
I have made lifelong friendships thanks to cornerstone and that is something that I will be forever grateful for. Thank you LHL and thank you Bob and Eliza for creating this experience and making it so special and close to my heart..
When I met Esther for the first time on Instagram and we started to talk I couldn‘t imagine the possibilities. She told me about the inner circle and answered every question with patience. I thank her very much that I had the opportunity to be able to do more.
During the inofficial zooms with Heather we had the chance to get to know each other better. We all had so much fun. Heather is very committed, really funny, and helpful! She was all for being there and caring about us and our wishes!
At the beginning I was totally nervous, especially because I’d only been learning English for three months at that moment. But every single call gave me the feeling to be part completely and that language is not an obstacle.
It was my first time meeting Eliza and Bob. I admire both for what they do and for what they stand for:
They speak about Body positivity
Supporting the LGBTQ-Community ????️????
After the opportunity to get to know Eliza and Bob better I appreciate and love them much more now! They have such a positive impact on the lives of many people, including mine ❤️ Beautiful souls. I would like to thank the whole Little Hearts Learning Team and my 4 lovely ladies ❤️ They are all so helpful, kind, and lovely . Their words of support made me less nervous and gave me more security. I am truly thankful and blessed to be a part of this family. I‘m looking forward to meeting them all in real life and to giving them a big hug!
2020 is my 10th year of teaching. A full decade in the profession. In the year of 2020, of all things. I wanted to celebrate this year, but instead, I found myself approaching it with feelings of dread and detachment due to the unprecedented crisis our world is currently facing. But then something amazing happened: I was contacted about an opportunity to get involved with Little Hearts Learning. I jumped on board quickly, as I felt an instant connection to the board members and had met Bob and Eliza in previous years at conventions and was always delighted by their kindness and compassion for others. I knew that this would be a cause worth supporting.
LHL reignited my passion for education. It reminded me why I have the career that I do in a year where, admittedly, I was beginning to question some things. I stopped asking myself, “Why am I doing this?” and “What’s the point of any of this?” because I just remembered; I just knew. It was as if a part of me that had been defeated by 2020 just rose back up, stronger than ever. It was energizing, motivating, and heartwarming all at the same time. LHL gave me courage to face all of 2020’s hardships in my own school, and now, in large part because of this source of immense positivity in my life, I feel like I am doing some of the best teaching I ever have done in a decade of service as an educator.
Little Hearts Learning is about changing other people’s lives, kids who have a right to an education because education is a form of justice, not simply a privilege. But like all charitable endeavors, it changes the lives of its donors, too. I am happier and more fulfilled than I have been in a long time, and therefore, I’m able to be a better teacher, daughter, and friend to the people in my life. I have also both made and strengthened friendships as a Cornerstone donor, connecting with amazing and generous people whom I might never have otherwise gotten to know. LHL has had a beautiful ripple effect on my life, one that I could not be more grateful for, one that I look forward to seeing expand in the future. Thank you, beyond words, for everyone who has helped and inspired me to get involved.
Ever since my husband, Brad got sick, I’ve taken on the mindset of enjoying the day because you never know what tomorrow will bring. In early July I was approached by Esther, someone I had only met in January about helping her with some ideas that LHL. The more we talked, the more I knew I wanted to help. Fast forward a few weeks and a partnership with my friend Chelsea, I’m sending in a donation.
Fast forward a little over a week and I’m sitting in front of my computer about to have my first zoom call with Bob and Eliza. I had no idea what to expect from these call but I never thought that they would have the impact that they did. I’ve met and spoken with both of them on numerous occasions but my eyes have been opened to a whole other side of these two amazing humans.
The calls were funny, deep, random (I mean, who would have thought they’d teach us how to fight off sharks?!????), and sometimes all over the place…but they were real…we shared things and learned things about each other. It really felt like 4 friends coming together to catch up.
Things may be said about them because they are on TV and people may judge them without knowing what they are talking about, but until you sit down and talk to them and really listen…you really have no idea. I’m honored to say that I now have an idea and the love I have for these two has grown exponentially.
I’m blessed that through this process I’ve gain invaluable and a support system that is unmatched! Everything has grown organically and that is what makes it extra special. Bob, Eliza, Esther, the other Cornerstone donors are like family now… and that’s priceless!
At the end of June I was approached to participate in at the time a secret project. I went back and forth for a few days on whether it was something I wanted to do, eventually I craved and agreed. Little did I know it would turn out to be one of the best decisions.
Every call started with me being nervous as hell but ended with laughs. between learning how to fight off sharks, Eliza dancing around in the kitchen, bob talking about monopoly and his school adventures, puppies, and ofc talking about serious topics, helping and trusting each other with personal and heartfelt matters.
You always think you know someone but until they let their guards down you never actually do. I got to witness a raw version of two people not many get to see and it’s only made me appreciate and adore these two even more. At the end of all these sessions it truly feels like I’ve gained friends/ family and I’m forever grateful for that. Since these calls I feel like I now can truly help the futures of multiple children around the world and make the world a better place for the future generations.
While having a blast was a plus, the goal was to assist LHL in helping children better their futures and provide a safe and nurturing place for kids to learn and grow. I’m happy to have helped and continue to help and support knowing i had a small hand in helping better a child’s life.
Thank you to EJB and LHL for allowing me this special opportunity, I’ll be forever grateful.
These past few months have been difficult for everyone. Plans & special occasions have been postponed or cancelled. No one has been excluded. For me, the hits just kept coming until one day, out of the blue, I received an email that fundamentally changed my life.
The past several months in isolation due to COVID-19 have wreaked havoc on my mental well being ever since I started working from home full time in mid-March & not seeing my family. I know compared to a lot of people I’ve been very fortunate considering everything that is going on in the world. I felt beaten down & horrible because I really shouldn’t be complaining. I slowly started to trying to claw my way out of the darkness like so many times before.
Then an angel named Esther reached out to me about being a Cornerstone donor for Little Hearts Learning. The multiple emails that followed made me happy & excited again after feeling despair & anger for so long. Esther remembered me from winning The 100 Season 7 signed crew jacket at UD, which benefited & supported Eliza & Bob’s fundraising for the Australian Bushfire recovery effort (Remember the bushfires? Yes, that was still this year!). She knew I was a fan of Eliza & Bob so she thought I might be interested in also supporting LHL’s endeavors to assist in breaking the poverty cycle throughout the world.
She was right! And it was the best decision I have ever made. Esther has become such a wonderful friend. She has such a kind heart & is a blessing in my life.
Spending four weeks getting to know Eliza & Bob is a gift I will always cherish. Going into the first call I was very nervous & my anxiety was high. But there was no need to be nervous or anxious. It was as though we were friends who hadn’t seen each other for a while & we were catching up. The courage, strength, integrity, honesty, laughter, empathy, & vulnerability shared between the three of us has created a bond I never anticipated forming.
Bob’s vulnerability & candor regarding his mental health journey has impacted many people, including myself. Thank you, Bob, for inspiring me with your vulnerability. Eliza’s honesty, kindness, & love shines through her like a warm, guiding light. She cares for people with her entire being & it shows. Thank you, Eliza, for inspiring me to lead with kindness. What I have learned from you both has opened doors to friendships & connections that would not exist if it wasn’t for you sharing of yourselves.
Remember, the both of you are enough & you are worthy of all the good things that have happened & will continue to happen in the future. You have fundamentally changed my life for the better. I feel a sense of purpose, which is something I haven’t felt in a long time. I will be forever grateful.
I will never be able to fully express my gratitude towards Eliza, Bob, and the rest of the LHL team. They have accepted me with open arms into this family. I am so proud to be part of Cornerstone and to support LHL and Eliza & Bob.
Where to begin. Since Esther reached out to me back in July it has opened up to so many friendships and to know I’m helping make a difference is absolutely amazing. This is my 2nd time being a Cornerstone Donor for LHL.
I was also able to to contribute to being a sprout and seedlings donor as well. LHL has changed my life in so many ways when I first started it was hard for me to do my zoom calls due to my anxiety but as time went on being able to spend more time talking with Bob & Eliza and other LHL families they make you feel part of the team.
I became more and more comfortable in our conversations. I’m so happy to have gotten to know Michelle who is a sweetheart and keeps everything a float. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a giver and will always do what I can to help. I was so happy to be apart of helping reach the solar panel goal.
The LHL family has so many great minds. I can’t wait to see what’s in store next . It is an absolute honor to be apart of this journey. I have not only met so many amazing friends I now consider them all Family. ♥️
When I heard that my two favorite actors were trying to build, among other things, schools in villages in underprivileged countries, I had to at least check out about LHL.
Although I was not a huge fan of The 100, I have always supported and loved Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley. Their messages about body positivity and mental health, their open-mindedness, their authenticity… I knew that if I had the opportunity, I would do my best to support them and their causes.
My parents come from two villages in Togo that are quite far from cities and stores. My father is a former soccer player, my mother a midwife for several villages. When they were younger, my parents walked for hours to go to school. That’s actually how they met, on the way to high school. The only reason they were able to go to the capital, Lomé, then to Italy, then to France, was because of soccer.
A few years ago, their villages still had no electricity, no drinking water, and the road to my father’s village was so narrow and muddy that it needed urgent work. The construction of a school in my mother’s village in 2018 has also created a new life for the inhabitants. That’s why, after checking out the website, I was happy to support LHL and filled out a form to become a Pillar donor and then a Cornerstone donor.
LHL has also had a positive impact on me. I’m a quiet, lonely person who feels uncomfortable and awkward around people, in groups and on zooms. I had zooms with Bob and Eliza, and even though I was very uncomfortable, even though my English was not great, I really felt like I had been talking to them for years. I participated in the Kokoda Challenge and I walked all over Paris for hours, discovering new places, whereas usually I always stay in my neighborhood. Now I’m learning to swim and I’m going try climbing in a few weeks. I participated in the Eliza cake challenge and did some giveaways about it. I’m baking a lot now while taking better care of my mental and physical health.
So, I don’t think anyone would regret supporting LHL. You can help people to become the best version of themselves, while becoming the best version or yourself./p>
I can honestly say I was not fully aware of what I was getting into with the Zooms with Bob and Eliza. I didn’t really watch their show, or know that much about them going in and felt kind of bad about that (I was worried it would be weird) …. I was excited to meet the people behind something I thought was an amazing idea though. I’m honestly also a sucker for a good rom-com so when they got married. I just thought it was cute! It was such a fun experience, and yet still slightly strange in the best way. Whom they project themselves to be in public is only a small portion of how lovely they are in person and as people. Bob and Eliza are two of the most genuinely nice humans I have had the pleasure to meet and am now happy to call my friends. The way they embrace and facilitate their platform is truly something to admire, as well as the way they carry themselves in public, and as I have experienced in a glimpse into their everyday life. I respect them so much for how they handle and use their fame and can’t wait to see what they decide to do next!
I know people get involved with charity work for a variety of reasons. LHL is an umbrella that covers so many different issues and categories that I know they will thrive and continue to make the most impact wherever they decide to land next. I will continue to tell everyone I know about them and the amazing things that they are accomplishing!