Leadership team

Our leadership team works hard to provide transparency in our work and the reporting of it. We value the trust supporters place in Heart For Kids to deliver care and life-changing opportunities to orphans and kids living in poverty. We believe in God’s call to provide care, support and protection to widows and orphans who are marginalized and often referred to as the weakest of the weak.

How are gifts and donations managed

It’s a good question to ask any organisation involved in our kind of work or ministry; how do the funds come in and more importantly how are they are spent. Too often gifts and donations can be spent on high levels of administration or infrastructure.

Heart for Kids senior leadership team is based in Sydney, Australia, and staff or partner co-workers in various countries. Other than our childcarers most of our co-workers are volunteers. Therefore a relatively small amount of our finances is required for administrative wages.

Heart For Kids head office is in Sydney and is hosted in the offices of a separate and private company (LST Group) owned by our founder David & Beth Ryan. We are blessed to receive administrative support which means that there are reduced expenses in office and clerical requirements. 

The result of this is that around 82% of all funds and gifts that Heart For Kids receive are used in the projects. We recognise that as we grow this may not always be the case, however we will always endeavor to ensure that the highest percentage possible of funding is actually used to directly help the children.

While David and Beth’s business is a major supporter of Heart for Kids there are no financial or physical links between the organisations

Leadership and Board Members

Founder of Heart for Kids

David Ryan, B. Min; Founder & Snr Leader and Board Member of Heart for Kids, has been involved in business leadership all his working life. He founded a company supplying the sign industry in the early ’80’s that is today a leader in the delivery of laser cutting & marking technology. The company employs a team of 15 and is led by his Co-Director, wife Beth, and General Manager Geoff.

David’s first trip to China in 1996 was a life changer. He then studied for his ministry degree. He founded ChinaHeart in 2004 and in 2016 founded Heart For Kids who became the parent ministry as our service extended into new countries. David & Beth have 3 adult children and are both ministers with The Southern Cross Association of Churches.

Wife of founder of Heart for Kids

Beth Ryan Diploma in Training & Assessing. She is also the Financial Director and Office Manager of their business and a board member of Elijah House Prayer Ministry Schools.

Ken Lee, B.E(hons), PhD (Eng); Chairman of the Board, graduated as an engineer and went on to finish his PhD. Despite all the years of engineering education, he never worked as an engineer! Ken has recently retired as an IT professional from the finance and banking industry and is spending more time in the family business, which is guiding school-going children through their formative years of education.

Heart For Kids board members

Tom and Adele Chan, B.Sc; Board Members, are married with two teenage daughters.

Tom serves with Peter to oversee the finances. Both Tom and Adele have IT backgrounds with over 20 years of experience across the financial and media sectors. Together with their girls, the family is active in church ministry.

Adele has a passion and Heart for Kids, to see each child valued and grow to their full potential. Tom specialises in risk management, governance, financial and IT management, and is currently an Executive Committee member of the church council.

Jay Yoong  BCom/LLB (UNSW) Board Member, legal, risk and governance experience in corporate and financial services. Jay is married and has three children. He sees children as a blessing from God, our creator. Jay has been serving at Wesley Mission since the early 1990s, having recently also served on the Board of a not-for-profit in education.

Peter Chung MABP, MBA, CPA, FCCA, Accountant

Poh Khor Operations Manager

The financial accounts of Heart For Kids, are reviewed by WSC Group – Audit Pty Ltd 

Beyond the above Senior Leadership Team, we also have various people in countries including China, Singapore, Taiwan, England, the USA and Australia who provide wisdom and guidance in specific areas concerning Chinese culture and systems, childcare and humanitarian aid.

Child protection and safety is an important part of Heart for Kids ministry

The safety and well-being of those we serve are extremely important to Heart For Kids. Click here for more information.

Heart For Kids is a charity registered with the ACNC

Heart for Kids Australia is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission with Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) status. All donations over $2 to Heart For Kids are tax-deductible in Australia. Please ask about deductible donations in USA and England

When you donate your gift will be acknowledged by Heart For Kids. At the end of the financial year you will receive an approved receipt for taxation purposes. This receipt will summarize your giving to Heart For Kids during that financial year.

We value your support and thank you for every gift, large or small, received on the children’s behalf. You’re making a difference.

If donations for a nominated project are higher than expected and the project is oversubscribed we reserve the right to reallocate donated funds to other similar projects in need.

If you have any questions, feedback or complaint regarding our service or this website you may contact us via the contact form.

Helping kids re-write life stories and turn around futures

Safe water bores are currently being installed in 1 village per month.

That keeps between 1300 and 2000 children and family members safe.

We would love to do more.

Old unsafe water pumps

New safe water bores

old village water pump - unsafe
girl in front of safe water tap

These children have special urgent needs we hope you can help with at the end of this financial year.

Girl in Indonesia project

It's not too late. Help children have safe water and safe places to learn this Christmas - new year

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Indian children with safe water