Orphanage Burns in Indonesia; Matt Luce Pledges to Rebuild

Hong Kong. Given the global nature of our work, it’s only natural that I write about Indonesia during a stopover between Delhi and New York. I write about something particularly close to my heart: my son, who inspired the second half of my life, the orphanage I found him in, its total destruction just a few days ago, and my now-adult son’s pledge to return to Indonesia to rebuild it.

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With the children of Orphans International Sulawesi,
Indonesia, 2002. Photo: Stewardship Report.

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Matt Luce graduates from Legacy High School, NYC.
Photo: Stewardship Report.

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Playing Santa Claus with children of Orphans International
Sulawesi, Indonesia, 2004. Photo: Stewardship Report.

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Today, Mathew Luce is a young adult. Here, representing our foundation
at the State Capital in Albany, New York. Photo: Stewardship Report.

As a parent, I cannot tell you how proud I am of my son. He has triumphed over learning difficulties, health challenges, and growing up not only with two dads, but divorced parents. This kid is made of steel, with impeccable social skills, and a heart so large New York City is too small to contain it. With Matt’s return to North Sulawesi, speaking both English and Indonesian, the circle is complete.

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Jim Luce (www.lucefoundation.org) writes and speaks on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens. Bringing 26 years management experience within both investment banking and the non-profit sector, Jim has worked for Daiwa Bank, Merrill Lynch, a spin-off of Lazard Freres, and two not-for profit organizations and a foundation he founded. As Founder & CEO of Orphans International Worldwide (www.oiww.org), he is working with a strong network of committed professionals to build interfaith, interracial, Internet-connected orphanages in Haiti and Indonesia, and creating a new, family-care model for orphans in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

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