Kim Hanson--member of Holt’s board of directors, a Holt adoptee and adoptive parent
|Kim Hanson as a young girl in Korea
||Kim Hanson today
I treasure my life today because I was an orphan in Korea. A few years ago I visited my orphanage on Holt’s Motherland Tour. Seeing the surroundings and seeing all of the orphans currently living there, I felt tremendous gratitude for the life I was given by being adopted and having a permanent, loving family.
My first year of life remains a mystery, then I spent 3 1/2 years in an orphanage. At the orphanage I was described as “selfish and stubborn,” but why wouldn't any orphan be that way? Nothing was our very own.
At 4 1/2 years old I was adopted, and finally I was able to say I had something of my very own--a family. Being part of a family was my opportunity to live. I took all that was good in my childhood and carried it into adulthood and created my own family through birth and adoption. I was always grateful for being adopted, and I wanted to give another child the same opportunity at life that I had been given. Without the steadfast dedication and work of Holt International, I would not be where I am today.
Being involved with Holt has always been in the forefront of my mind. Volunteering and donating to Holt, I knew I was making a difference in the lives of the children. Holt will always be important in my life, and I know my entire family will always be grateful. Holt will be a part of our lives, now and in the future.