Little Hearts
International Organization

The Project

Set across the river from the kingdom’s capital, Phnom Penh, this purpose-built foster home cares for up to 36 abandoned children who would have otherwise have been forgotten. Without the intervention of an organization like Little Hearts, these children have a bleak future placing them at risk of malnutrition, exploitation and abuse, severe poverty and at worse, an early death.

The Belgium-operated organization brings happiness into the little hearts of the children they care for be providing a clean safe and loving home as well as access to quality education which is a right that every child deserves despite their socioeconomic background for a chance at a brighter future.

Koya project was both touched and impressed by this professionally-run and dedicated establishment, feeling that they were the perfect candidate for an aquaponics system.

The project consists of a fish tank constructed below ground level to keep the fish nice and cool. There is also a vertical garden for leafy green vegetables and 3 media beds which are already yielding bumper crops of the children’s favourites which include ‘morning glory’.

The system is currently in transition to phase 2, which involves the installation of a filtration system, re-configuration of the DWC beds and wicking beds to become even more productive and the installation of UV protecting cover.


Project: Little Hearts Organisation
Location: Areyksat, Cambodia

Contact: Tony Geeraerts:
Project Manager: Jorge Rico:

Project design and Construction: Khmer aquaponics
Site dimensions: 14m x 8m

Fish tank capacity: 5,000 litres
Stocking density: 2kg per 100 litres
Fish harvest weight: 800 grams
Expected fish harvest: 250 kilograms per year

Total vegetable growing area: 26m2

Media bed growing area: 18m2
Media bed planting density: 6 plants/m2
Media bed plants: 110

DWC growing area: 6m2
DWC planting density: 35 plants/m2
DWC plants: 210 plants

Wicking bed growing area: 2m2
Wicking bed density and number of plants: varie

Help us with your Donation

Every donation to Koya Project creates immediate results. When sustainable aquaponics systems and education are placed in the hands of those who need it most.

Donation to Little Hearts Foster Home

$20 will provide the funds to improve the system with better filtration and protecting the system from rain and unwanted insects
Your $50 will provide funds to teach a class of up to 20 students to be educated in aquaponics farming skills.
$100 will help to buy a back-up generator for the aquaponics system. Desperately needed due to the many power outages in Cambodia.
Any amount you will donate here will help Little Hearts to continue the amazing work Tony and his team are doing. Thank you so much for your support
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Donation Total: $20.00