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Lily teen’s dance video by volunteers Christy and Dan

Dan Lee volunteered this Fall at Lily Orphanage and was so inspired with the work there that he decided to return to Lily again in the beginning of the year,  volunteering for several months.  There is something undeniably captivating about Lily Orphanage for so many people to be affected in the same way.  Dan spent much of his time with the teenage boys at Lily teaching them photography, study skills and being a mentor to these young men.  He has devoted his time and expertise in photography, videography and website design for Lily.   Our kids were delighted to have him stay at our home for a few days this week.  We have met so many talented, generous people who are now like family.

 

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God is Enough by Lucrae

We so impressed with them ladies, Who be drivin' Mercedes Who be drivin' them crazy And we gotta be crazy We so impressed with them fellas Who be makin' them jealous Who be makin' them stellas And we gotta be crazy I'm so impressed King who on the throne Who left his heavenly home Never did a thing wrong They crucified him on A tree, there he made It was crazy how it set the stage For his resurrection from the grave That gets me amazed You can be the flyest man With a hundred grand in your hand Swag right, sag tight And a Gucci fan You can be the richest, be the smartest, be the hardest, all of that But I guarantee before I die they all are fallin' flat

[Hook:] Used to want a lotta things All the stuff that's on TV Education, cars, and clothes Fashion lights and jewelry Focused on the wrong stuff Now I got my eyes on you And now I know that

[Chorus:] God is enough-nough God is enough-nough God is enough-nough You are enough-nough Never too much-uch More than enough-nough God is enough-nough You are enough for me Party like the fast life, hurry this the last flight Chasin' all your dreams, this right here could be your last night And man you finally got your cash right But it never seems to last right You know you sick of lookin', you sick of chasin' I think you know the truth, you just don't wanna face it Your life is empty, though you havin' fun You never satisfied, you never get enough You go from thrill-seekin' to pill-poppin' From heavy drinkin' to club-hoppin' You just can't stop it, like you're a slave And you chasin' nothin' all the way into the grave

[Hook:] [Chorus:] Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want Takes away my fears, you restore my soul Off into the sky, the dead in Christ arise To be with you forever, see with the clearest eyes Quench my inner thirst, there's something more in life No money, cars, relationships compare to joy in Christ Love that falls from selfish ones that like to flirt with self- destruct No need to stut, know what I want, to keep it, but my God's enough

[Hook:] [Chorus:] I don't need these worldly things, no-oh I don't need these worldly things, no-oh More of you and less of me, G-od More of you and less of me, G-od I don't need these worldly things, no-oh I don't need these worldly things, no-oh More of you and less of me, G-od More of you and less of me, G-od

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In the news! Valley Fresh-tomatoes to support the orphanage

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Lily Orphanage is investing in a state of the art Hydroponic Gardening system. which uses less water than soil gardening, with a vision to be self-sustaining.   Their goal is  to increase production so that 40% the orphanage's budget will be covered.  Their model of self sustainability and using hydroponic water conservation has tremendous potential, and if successful, can be replicated throughout Africa and other indigent areas around the world.  Ken and I, with a group of volunteers, are consulting pro bono on this project with Ken Walton, CEO of Valley Fresh.  This is cutting edge technology which may possibly be the wave of the future.  See the article below.

Valley Fresh Farmers Weekly Article (PDF)

Coming to NY!!

Lily Orphanage

Brendan, Suzy and Luke Stapleton

An orphan will be coming to visit us this summer with Brendan (CEO of Lily) and Suzy, Brendan's wife. He has never been on an airplane or traveled far from his home at Lily Orphanage. He can't believe he'll see NYC. Brendan and Suzy decided to bring an orphan with them instead of one of their three boys. They seem like parents to all of the orphans.

Our gifts make a Difference!

We returned to Lily Orphanage witnessing first hand the investments made and the impact of these investments in every operating area.   Virtually every section of Lily Orphanage has improved.   It is especially encouraging to see the direct impact of these investments on the children.  We recognized Lily children wearing outfits donated by our friends and family and I was thrilled to see the children’s library filled with books that were donated by many of our friends as well.  Some of the kids were noticeably different from when we saw them 6 months ago-their physical health, their hopeful attitudes and their commitment to schooling and their future. Having the opportunity to see the impact of one’s donations makes Lily Orphanage unique.  Every year a team of volunteers from the States returns to partner with Lily and we are all able to see the growth and improvement from our investments and efforts.
Our kids are already planning their return trip to S Africa. We have all fallen in love with the children at Lily!

Adoption

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Thrilled that two children at Lily Orphanage were being adopted and that we were at Lily when the two families came to bring home their children. Our family lived in communal housing for a week with one of the families adopting. How illuminating it was to understand the process of adoption and get to know this beautiful family who is opening up their heart and lives to include another child.

Serving Local Connecticut Nonprofits

Harvard Community Partners of CT

Some of you have expressed an interest in identfying local volunteer opportunities.  Although our family is is committing this rare block of time to travel to remote areas internationally, there are many impactful local nonprofits that could benefit from additional volunteers.  Over 8 Years ago, a group of us CT HBS alumni started Harvard Community Partners CT to provide pro bono consulting to CT nonprofits. I enjoy working with this group of big hearted consultants who donate so much of their time and expertise to support our local nonprofits.  Our Community Partners has had the privilege of working with many commendable Connecticut nonprofits which are listed below.

Connecticut Nonprofits