little hearts is a non-profit association that wants to give disadvantaged children in Russia, Ukraine and Cambodia a better future. With the help of volunteers, sponsorships and educational projects, we can ensure that no child is neglected. Since our founding in January 2007, we have helped hundreds of children attend school, participate in activities, revive their spirits and integrate into society.

And with every child we help, we make sure that we develop a personal relationship with them. Our transparent work and use of funds was awarded the Austrian Seal of Approval for Donations in 2010.


All employees work voluntarily
"No guilt is more urgent than to say the 'thanks" Cicero
Pascale Vayer

Pascale Vayer

Founder, chairman of the association Austria


Small hearts was founded in 2006 by Pascale. With her inexhaustible energy, she acts as the chairwoman of the association and is its soul and its engine at the same time. Pascale is the mother of four adopted children and one foster child and has spent many months in orphanages in Russia and Ukraine. She knows the needs of the children and the local situation firsthand. Pascale lives with her husband and children in Lower Austria.

Award of the golden merit of the Republic of Austria - September 12, 2014

Dr. Jeannet-Susann Kiesling

Association chairman small hearts eV Germany


Jeannet-Susann joined small hearts in 2010 and is deputy chairwoman. After moving from Vienna to Heidelberg, she founded small hearts Germany. Jeannet is the mother of three children and is mainly involved in projects in Ukraine.

Ing. Mag. Stephan Kerstof

little hearts board


Stephan is a tax consultant and accountant and acts as a treasurer. Since October 2006 Stephan is the happy father of a little boy who was adopted from Russia. His personal experiences in Russia made him commit to small hearts.

Mag. Julia Stering

Press and Communication


Julia supports the association in the areas of press, communication and social media. She studied International Development and German Philology in Vienna and Zagreb and is committed to the protection and safety of children - no matter where.

Mag. Anna Waldthaler

Sponsorship Russia


Anna supports the association in the field of sponsorship for Russian children. She has a degree in German and Russian (BA) as well as a teaching degree for German and Russian (Mag.) At the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. She teaches German as a foreign and second language.

Mathilde Biesse-Vayer

Sponsorship Cambodia


Mathilde has temporarily given up her job as a manager at the Paris Opera to volunteer to help the needy children at the children's home run by FLO, our partner in Cambodia.

Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Stallkamp

a big heart for the club