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Portola Valley Sisters Have Ambitious Plan to Help Children of Haiti

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    Kylie, Devon, and Piper Holland have been humanitarians about as long as they have been humans. They are now embarking on their biggest project yet: helping the children of Haiti.

    Upon arriving at the Holland home in Portola Valley, a few words come quickly spring to mind. Stunning is one. The Greenest Home In America would be a few more.

    It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, then, that such an extraordinary home is where you will find three extraordinary sisters.

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    Kylie, Devon, and Piper Holland (ages 14, 13, and 11, respectively) are some of the youngest humanitarians you are likely to meet.

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    "We were kind of born into a family that likes to help people," Piper said, "and our parents always wanted us to help people."

    It is something the girls have already been doing for years, starting with the creation of their own website, The Earth Saver's Club For Kids, promoting environmentalism among their generation.

    Their latest project, however, is by far their most ambitious. The three recently formed their own record company and have issued their first release, a collection of lullabies sung by Devon called "Invitation To Dream." Their goal is to raise $250,000 through sales of the record to donate to Project Haiti.

    Project Haiti is an effort by the U.S. Green Building Council to build the world's first LEED-certified orphanage in the Caribbean nation. In January of 2010, Haiti was devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has struggled to recover from the disaster and now, four years later, there is still much work to be done.

    "This is generations of poverty that they are now trying to deal with on top of the devastation of the earthquake," say Kylie. "It's still a problem."

    The girls began selling the record over the Christmas holiday and have already raised $10,000. They are now writing letters to world leaders and other humanitarians asking for their help in their fundraising.

    They are confident they will reach their goal. And confident that this humanitarian endeavor will not be the last.