Dear Readers

 A message to our readers from Holt’s managing editor.

 Molly Holt with children in care at the Ilsan Center in Korea, 1973. Today, at 77, Molly continues to help care for Ilsan’s more than 300 residents — all of them with mental or physical special needs.

Molly Holt with children in care at the Ilsan Center in Korea, 1973. Today, at 77, Molly continues to help care for Ilsan’s more than 300 residents — all of them with mental or physical special needs.

In this issue of Holt International magazine, we pay special tribute to Molly Holt – daughter of Harry and Bertha Holt, and board chairperson for Holt Children’s Services of Korea.
For nearly 57 years, Molly has lovingly cared for homeless children in Korea, primarily at the Ilsan Center for children and adults with special medical and physical needs. In that
time, Molly has served as foster mother, nurse and champion to literally thousands of children – many of them now adult adoptees like former Holt board member Steven Stirling,
whose story appears on page 11.

Although Steve was adopted in 1966, many of his friends have grown to adulthood at Ilsan, where they have had the opportunity to receive rehabilitative therapy, special education
and vocational training to help them live as independently as possible. It is programs like these that make the Ilsan Center a world-class model of care for people with disabilities.
And it is through the efforts of Molly Holt – who holds a Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and special education – that Ilsan came to implement many of them.

It is not uncommon to hear Molly referred to as the Mother Teresa of Korea, nor is it an overstatement. But among the residents of Ilsan, Molly is known simply as “Unee,” or big
sister. To them, Molly is family. And she would have it no other way.

Although I have written many stories for the Holt magazine over the past three years, this is the first issue for which I have served as managing editor. In this role, I feel a tremendous responsibility to advocate as best I can for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children. And it seems fitting that the first magazine I produce would highlight the extraordinary contributions of a woman who serves as a role model to all who seek a more compassionate world for children. Molly Holt is truly an inspiration – to me, and to all of us at Holt. I hope you enjoy the stories featured in this issue, starting with a wonderful piece by Holt President Emeritus Dr. David H. Kim. David was the first employee Harry Holt hired in Korea, and for many years he worked side-by-side with Molly caring for children in Korea. I hope, as you read, that you also feel inspired to stand alongside us in advocating for orphaned and abandoned children and children with special needs – for Molly’s children.

Robin Munro | Managing Editor

3 Comments

  1. Glen Noteboom says:

    I want to complement you, Robin, on this excellent edition of the Hi Families. It was a joy to read it. I think it is so important for those of us currently working on behalf of children without families to remember the work done by Mr. and Mrs. Holt, David Kim and our dear Molly. You’ve done a great job with this edition, Robin and I look forward to future editions of the Hi Families. Glen Noteboom

    • Robin Munro says:

      Thank you, Glen! I do feel proud of this issue of the Holt magazine, but I owe most of the credit to David Kim, Jordan Love, Steve Stirling, Lisa Fisher and everyone else who contributed stories. Thank you for the feedback, and I will aspire to maintain the same quality of content as you see in this issue. Best Wishes! – Robin

  2. Mary Collins says:

    This was a great story. I know Jordan, but never heard this part of his story. I am a retired employee of Holt as of 6/30/2012. Have also visited Molly in Korea and watched her with the children. Such a loving person.

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