Little and LOUD


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We believe children have the right to education and literacy, that there is richness in culture well beyond the material, and that there are no boundaries to friendships.

With these beliefs in mind, Little and LOUD intends to:

  • Celebrate the importance of storytelling while honouring and respecting cultural heritage

  • Stimulate, nourish and facilitate the creativity of children and foremost giving them the ability to do so by providing materials, techniques and tools

  • Provide the ability for children to collaborate with one another beyond borders

  • Empower children to demonstrate their ability to creatively cause a positive impact

  • Make visible to adults the type of world we have created and are creating for children


We are three friends and travellers who come from different continents - Rhoda Lazo, a digital solutions producer from Los Angeles, USA, Michelle Roldan, a visual communications designer from Sydney, Australia and Mirjam Verkleij, a nurse from Utrecht, The Netherlands. We are inspired by children and their natural ability to creatively express themselves in a way that communicates beyond borders and spans all backgrounds, cultures and ages. This is how Little and LOUD began and how it continues to this day.

To read all about us in one neat little package, download a brochure.

Born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, USA, Rhoda found herself living in Sydney, Australia after months of traveling around the world. Professionally, she was a digital solutions producer. As an artist, true dreamer and idealist, she has always aspired to creatively advocate for children. Over the years she has dreamed up ideas which have now become the foundation for Little and LOUD. Rhoda oversees our partnerships with organizations and co-ordinates our international collaborative projects.

Mirjam left Utrecht, Netherlands, in 2007 to travel and work as a nurse in Australia. Since her arrival she has worked in Sydney, The Gold Coast, Torres Strait Islands and has spent some time as a registered nurse at Balranald Hospital in rural NSW. Now studying a Masters in International Relations, she has returned to Sydney to work while keeping a watchful eye on our Fote School projects. It was her adventurous and inquisitive nature that led us to travel to the South Pacific to learn about Melanesian culture. Passionate about bringing different cultures together, Mirjam concentrates on building relationships, maintaining direct communication with our beneficiaries and developing Little and LOUD on a global scale.

At the age of four, Michelle’s family migrated from the Philippines to Sydney where she's now lived for over 20 years. More recently she has done extensive travel around the United States, South East Asia and Europe and spent a semester in London as part of her Visual Communications degree. Nowadays, between completing a Masters degree, freelance design work and a fulltime job as an online coordinator at a VFX/animation studio, her unwavering passion for travel mixed with her love for film, photography and art is expressed through Little and LOUD. A true believer in social design, Michelle is in charge of directing the production of our projects and our overall visual communication.

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