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for a quick visit to check on our kids and to assess the new wave of cholera sweeping the country," she says. "But that many kids so late at night? We managed, somehow, to get them settled," she adds, chuckling at the unexpected arrival time. In combining a sense of Christian faith and duty, Lee, Emmanuel, the orphanage staff, and its loyal supporters (whose numbers and gen- erosity over the years have been legendary) have created a sustainable community based on true grace and generous support from the US. Wellesley's Amy Berg knew Lee casually when both were teenagers growing up in Wellesley and says, "I really got to know him when we met up again after all those years at a Belmont Hill School Regatta in which both our boys where rowing." When Lee told her about Hope for the Children of Haiti, she was intrigued. "I knew immediately I wanted my son to go there to help. It's vital that my children gain a sense of perspective, if only to understand how very fortunate they are and, of course, to be of service to others." From the chatter and excitement of the orphanage's classrooms to the library, dining room, and dormitories where evening prayers are offered by the children with pride and joy, Hope For The Children of Haiti is a fully functioning and healthy community. For Lee Stone, sustaining such an undertaking is a daily challenge. But like the intrepid mother in whose steps he walks, he is very much up to the task. good works "to be of service to others" 160 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 TO LEARN MORE, visit www.hfchaiti.org. top left: The orphanage is named for its visionary founder, Marion G. Austin top right: Class is over at the orphanage school, but English lessons remain bottom: A child playing on the orphanage's rooftop playground P H O T O S B Y P E T E R G O L D E N

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