The inspiring couple Sushma and Mike Lilly

mike and sushma lilly 

As a man living in a country knowing no one but knowing that my mission and challenge was to be good and do good,

I knew that I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

Meeting the lovely and sincere woman, Sushma Maharjan, reinforced my beliefs and attitude. Her strong work ethic and steely determination paralleled my own approach to life. It was at that time that we decided to do what we could do to help our social activist colleagues in various programs to bring hope and understanding regarding issues such as animal cruelty, children with cancer, child laborers, and street children. Our mutual love and caring for each other inspired all who were near to us. The dedication to make it a better world for all those we came into contact with us allowed us to make a difference in others joy of life. As examples that lived the life of service and put others first we were able to cause a quiet revolution of inspired individuals.

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Mike and Sushma painting the wall of Temple in Pashupatinath area, Kathmandu.

Our greatest ability is inspiring people to believe in themselves. A life filled with joy and confidence is our hope for all. We believe we are doing the necessary work to fill the hearts of all with hope and confidence. The remarkable lessons we learn daily is the kinder we are to each other the more kind we are to others, the less selfish, and the more inspired and determined we become. Each day we motivate ourselves to give our best and to lift the spirits of all with whom we come into contact. To inspire others is what we are truly meant to do. To continue to offer encouragement no matters the odds or the doubts of anyone is a challenge for which we are always ready. Life is too short not to give it our best.

We believe in the greater good. We know that we are an integral part of that. We have joyful work that we need to do to make our world a better place for all. Each life is precious. Respect for the fragility and importance of each individual life is how we must treat everyone. Make our presence one of peace. Wherever we go all negativity disappears.

mike and sushma ani choying

Sushma, Ani Choying and Mike

We give out loving admiration for all those we come into with contact enveloping them with our warm spirit. When those around us see us they feel loved and understood. We continue to lead by example of deep caring love and understanding for each other as we assist children in the USA.

It all began during the summer of 2007. Thanks to US Representative, Dale Kildee, from Michigan, I was able to work with SAATHI Banke in Nepalgunj, Nepal. I assisted with human trafficking issues and learned about microcredit. During that time huge flooding took place and I helped with a program of collecting and distributing food and clothing for over 1000 families. Because of the kindness and support of Bhawani Rana I was introduced to Medin Lamichhane, the principal of Ullens, a new school in Sunakoti, who asked if I would like to join the staff as a volunteer helping set up service learning programs as well as assisting with the art and English departments. Upon returning to the USA I resigned my position as teacher at Kearsley High School and within a few months left to begin my new life 7500 miles from my home. Upon my arrival I was put up in The Kathmandu Guest House as a guest of Karna Sakya. Next door was the premier book store in all of Asia, Pilgrims Book House. After school one day I went over to check the store out. As I walked up the flights of stairs I became light headed and when I stopped at the top of the stairs I saw this most beautiful vision and her name was Sushma. I fell in love with her at first sight. After a couple of times of visiting her bookstore I went to the dictionary section and found the Nepali word for wife and went over and shyly with my head down and hands clasped in front of me asked her, "Do you want to be my shirmati (Wife)?"

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Mike and Sushma Lilly

She said she didn't understand because I had mispronounced it. So I took her over to the dictionary section and showed her the word. Sushma said she would think about it. Then she invited me up to her break room where she made us lunch. During lunch she asked me how old I was. I told her and she said why can't you be younger? I asked her age and then asked why can't you be older? I left after lunch. The next day I was too leave for trip to USA, but I couldn't stop thinking about Sushma. Before I left for America I decided to surprise her by stopping by her store. I had brought her a letter and a card spelling out my love for her. She however had expected me to stop and thus had for me a gift, a book entitled, "Who Will Cry When You Die?". She looked at me and said hunchha (ok).

After my return Sushma and I began serious plans for a life together with, many obstacles we overcame them with deep love and understanding and the support and encouragement of all who knew us. Through our deep devotion for each other and our own brushes with near death experiences we have made an everlasting bond and know within our hearts that we are messengers to all that life is to be shared and lived fully in service to others.

Each morning quietly in our hearts we resolve to share our love of life with others. Lift your spirit to new heights. Inspire those around us by our calm yet energetic presence. Each and every day we begin anew.

We wish to be of help now and in future times to all in any way we can, please just let us know. We are always with you.

Mike E Lilly and Sushma Maharjan Lilly are currently residing in Flint, Michigan, USA, where they are continuing to work with youth in anti-bullying and self-esteem programs while Mike lectures at very conferences and workshops. While Mike is editing his newest book Sushma is studying the newest strategies in early childhood education. They look forward to their ultimate return to Nepal.



Ready, Willing and Able

« Youth is not a troublemaker. Youth is a change maker. »
says Juju Kaji, a Nepali social worker.
2012. At one difficult time of national history, Nepali people face new challenges every day.
And still, youth is in the game