Around the world, children with special needs are much more likely to end up alone, abused, or facing a lifetime of pain.
Maybe they have clubfoot. Maybe they were born with HIV. Maybe they have Down syndrome or cleft lip and palate.
But every day, children with special needs face horrible mistreatment. These precious children are more likely to lose their families, and less likely to be adopted. They are hidden away in isolation instead of welcomed into schools. They are sent to institutions instead of homes.
It is only because of kind and generous people like you that this work is possible — changing the perception that children with special needs are worth less than any other child.
Every child deserves to have a mom and a dad to love them unconditionally, to attend a school where they feel welcomed and accepted, to see a doctor and live without constant pain, to have a home where they are cherished throughout their life.
With your gift today to the Molly Holt Fund for Children with Special Needs, you will give a child all of this and more.
Liang is just 2. But her heart is already broken. Liang's heart broke when her family abandoned her, and she found herself surrounded by strangers in a cold and unfamiliar place. Her heart broke again when she realized that no one was coming back for her — and that perhaps, no one ever would.
Liang is just 2. But her heart is already broken.
Liang's heart broke when her family abandoned her, and she found herself surrounded by strangers in a cold and unfamiliar place. Her heart broke again when she realized that no one was coming back for her — and that perhaps, no one ever would.
I know your heart also breaks for this little girl. This little girl who is silent because her clefts make it too difficult to form words. This little girl who was found abandoned and brought to an orphanage in China at just one month old.
I know your heart breaks to look into Liang's big brown eyes and see so much sadness, so much loss. Liang's sad eyes show that the world has not been a warm and accepting place to her. They show how others have seen — and treated — her: as disfigured, disabled, and to some, unlovable.
But you can give Liang the love, care and surgery she needs to grow healthy and strong. And one day, join a family.
You can help move Liang to Holt’s medical foster home in Beijing where she will receive round-the-clock care from medically trained caregivers who know how to properly feed children with clefts.
The care you provide will help her grow strong enough to endure the stress of surgery. The same caregivers will provide one-on-one care during and after her time in the hospital.
And after her surgery, Liang can take as long as she needs to recover in the warm and nurturing environment of her medical foster home in China.
The recovery period is so essential for children like Liang. So often in China, children like Liang go back to their orphanage immediately after they receive surgery.
Without attentive, nurturing care from a trained caregiver, Liang's wounds might never fully heal. She could develop a horrible infection and endure excruciating pain. She may not even survive.
But you can make it possible for Liang to receive the surgery she needs AND recover at her medical foster home.
Can you be the hero she needs?
When looking for a way to honor Harry and Bertha Holt’s daughter, Molly, we immediately thought of the cause closest to her heart — the cause to which she has devoted her life. For nearly 60 years, Molly Holt has worked tirelessly to advocate for children with mental and physical disabilities. She has shown that every child can love, and be loved, and be part of a family. Today, Molly remains in South Korea, caring for the children and adult residents at Ilsan Center.
In the years since developing a fund in Molly’s name, donors have provided lifesaving and life-changing medical care, love, safety and educational assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable children — including abandoned children with HIV in China, deaf children who had been hidden away in Ethiopia and children waiting for surgeries in Korea.
But there are still so many children with special needs waiting for a hero like you.
These children and many others received the vital care they needed because a kind and compassionate donor gave a gift to the Molly Holt Fund.
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