Humans with Bouquets: Lily

As I have mentioned in some of my other Humans with Bouquets posts, this series is about people who I admire. Today's human is no exception whatsoever. Lily has been a dear friend of mine for nearly fifteen years now. I first met her when I was a college student visiting home and working during my time away from school. We worked in retail together, and if we wrote a book about our experiences, it would be a best seller - guaranteed! Needless to say, we have quite a lot of unique memories together. Lily has always been a positive and very strong character - honest, loyal, and full of words of wisdom. What I have come to admire most about Lily is that she has chosen to dedicate her life to helping girls in her home village in Kofele, Ethiopia. In 2008, Lily visited home, and after having been away for so long, she was shocked by the level of intense poverty that so many people were living in. It was during this trip that she decided to make a difference, and founded the Tangible Hope Foundation. For the past several years, Lily and Tangible Hope have been sponsoring girls from the village and ensuring that they have adequate clothing, housing, food, health care, and schooling. Running on a shoestring budget, Lily sponsors 51 girls - her "daughters" - from Kofele.

Through her patience, tenacity, and hard work Lily has been able to accomplish so much. In February, she was honored by the Dalai Lama as a 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion. Thank you Lily for participating in this series!

Fort Baker on a hazy/foggy morning. Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Flowers: tulip, ranunculus, garden rose, geranium, peony, honeysuckle, bottlebrush buckeye, smoke, dusty miller (flower) Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

The sun started coming out just as we were finishing up. Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood