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Community - January 15, 2014

Portola Valley sisters raise money for orphanage

The Holland sisters — Kylie, 14, Devon, 13, and Piper, 11 — of Portola Valley are entrepreneurs, activists and musicians. Giving back to the world is something their family believes in.

Daughters of Paul Holland and Linda Yates, the girls founded the Earth Saver's Club for Kids in 2010, and have volunteered near (Haven House, food bank) and far (including the Kliptown Youth Program in Soweto last summer).

Their latest effort is forming a new social cause record label, Painted Wolf Records. Their first release, "Invitation to Dream," is a collection of bedtime ballads and lullabies, sung by Devon. It was recorded at Skywalker Sound and Fantasy Studios with Grammy Award-winning sound engineer and head of Skywalker Sound, Leslie Ann Jones, producer Peter Maleitzke, and concert-level musicians.

Kylie, Devon and Piper are using 100 percent of the profits from "Invitation to Dream" to raise the last $250,000 the U.S. Green Building Council needs to break ground on the first LEED-certified orphanage in the world in Haiti in spring 2014. It will be called the William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center.

The orphanage will provide a model for orphanages throughout the Third World, using sustainable materials to withstand natural disasters.

"With the fourth anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake just a few weeks away (Jan. 12), and tens of thousands of children still homeless, these young women are more determined than ever to achieve their goal," says Marisa Long, public relations director of the U.S Green Building Council.

The Holland sisters are no strangers to big ideas. They not only started the Earth Saver's Club for Kids a few years back, sister Devon has invented the Maji Mobile, designed to help women in Africa carry clean water.

Visit paintedwolfrecords.com to purchase "Invitation to Dream" for a donation of $20 or more. To learn more about the Holland girls, watch their video on YouTube.

Comments

Posted by Bobbi Dunphy, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Feb 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I had the pleasure of meeting the three Holland sisters, Kylie, Devon and Piper recently when I visited their amazing home to attend a Sustainable Silicon Valley event. I have met some extraordinary young girls in my time but I was completely blown away by all three of Linda and Paul's daughters. Rarely have I come across such committed, engaged, caring, smart and passionate young girls who are really making a real difference by continuing to shed light on a situation that is no longer given anywhere near as much airplay as it was but which still needs our continuing attention - the ongoing challenge of getting Haiti and its people back on its feet. For those like myself who work in Haiti, we understand too well how much more work there is to be done and that reconstruction efforts in Haiti is at a crossroads right now, a critical juncture. Without our continuing focus and efforts, a great deal of foundational work that has been done since the January 2010 earthquake could go to waste. Kylie, Devon and Piper's pledge to help build an orphanage there (and not just any orphanage a LEED certified one with plans to educate and train the young orphans so that when they 'graduate' from the orphanage they do not end up on the streets of Port au Prince where they inevitably struggle to survive) deserves our support. For all of $20 you can help these young social entrepreneurs help kids less privileged than themselves (and receive a beautiful CD to boot!) Definitively one of the most inspiring and worthwhile causes I've come across in a very long time. Its a simple as going to their website www.paintedwolfrecords.com and pledging, just as I did just now.


Posted by Robespierre, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

This family is raising money to build "the words first LEED certified orphanage in Haiti".

This has to be some kind of sign. You can't make this stuff up.


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