Thousands of Children Treated for Parasites in Uganda

At a recent Holt Child Health Day in Uganda, 14,900 children received deworming medication, and instantly began to feel better.

One of the biggest threats to children in Uganda is also something very tiny: intestinal parasites.

Children who have intestinal parasites experience chronic vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, stomach pains and more. And in the long-term, the effects are even worse: stunted growth, wasting, severe malnutrition and even death.

That’s why this spring, Holt donors gave to a new and very important cause: treating children for parasites. The solution is so simple, a tiny deworming tablet taken twice per year. But due to lack of awareness and lack of access to the medication, so many children needlessly suffer.

So last spring, Holt Uganda held a Child Health Day for the community. And over 14,900 children came.

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Adoptee Identity: Tips From Post Adoption Services

Steve Kalb, adoptee and director of Holt’s post adoption services, shares advice for any adoptees beginning to explore and process what adoptee identity means to you.

I’ve been working in post-adoption services for over 16 years. While unique histories and individual circumstances have brought thousands of Adult adoptees to us over the years, many come asking similar questions about topics like adoption files and birth search. I’ll be providing insights and answers to some of those questions in this limited series I’m calling “Tips from Post Adoption Services.”

Read part one, “File Copies” and part two, “Birth Search.”

Part Three: Exploring Identity as an Adoptee

As a wrap up to my “Tips From Post Adoption” series, the recent announcement of Holt’s 2021 adoptee scholarship winners presents a nice opportunity to highlight a common theme that permeates most of the work we do in Post Adoption Services: Adoptee identity.

The idea of Adoptee identity reveals itself in bits and pieces in Post Adoption’s services: a file copy to demonstrate we are, in fact, U.S. citizens, a quest for personal origins and belonging through birth search, short-term coaching or mentoring youth. The extra layers of identity Adoptees have to wade through are apparent when observing the aggregate of our work, but less clear to anyone outside the department and Adoptee community.

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Help for Haiti

On Saturday, August 14th, a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. Just days later, Tropical Depression Grace brought even more devastation to children, families and communities.

When disaster strikes, we’re always astounded by the generosity and compassion of Holt donors. And this most recent crisis in Haiti was no different.

Because of our amazing Holt donors, Holt Haiti staff was able to give immediate help to those who needed it most.

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A Glimpse Into a Sponsored Child’s Life

Holt president Phil Littleton shares three short sponsorship stories with Holt’s child sponsors. 

This month, I want to share a few little stories with you from our family strengthening program in China. They are short, sweet and to the point. But what I love about them is the glimpse they give into a sponsored child’s life. And how you, as a sponsor, are helping a child to have a happy, healthy childhood — or as close to that as possible for a child who has already experienced a lot of hard things in life.

Seven-year-old Ju holds a certificate of achievement from her school. Ju's sponsor helps pay her school fees.
Seven-year-old Ju holds a certificate of achievement from her school. Ju’s sponsor helps pay her school fees.

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Congratulations, Class of 2021!

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Holt Adoptee Graduates!

It is with great joy we present this year’s digital yearbook and send each graduate a printed keepsake. You are all special members of the extended Holt family and we wish each of you good luck in your new chapter.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Holt Adoptee Graduates!

It is with great joy we present this year’s digital yearbook and send each graduate a printed keepsake. You are all special members of the extended Holt family and we wish each of you good luck in your new chapter.

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Food for a Family Sick with COVID

Thanks to Holt donors, a family sick with COVID in Mongolia received emergency food and medicine. 

Chinua and her family usually had enough to eat. But when her whole family got sick with COVID-19, they suddenly needed urgent help. 

Chinua and her entire family of five were quarantined at home. Her mom couldn’t work and they had no savings, so they had no money for food or even medicine. And even if they could afford it, they weren’t allowed to leave. 

That’s when Chinua’s mom called Holt Mongolia for help. And because of your support, Chinua’s mom was told, “Yes. We can help you!” 

The very next day, Chinua and her family received a package of food and medicine. 

 

As Chinua’s mom received the package, she broke down in tears — thanking Holt donors over and over again for the lifesaving support. 

“For many families,” says a Holt Mongolia social worker, “there is no other lifeline. Without this support, there would be little food, and no medicines. But as long as we are there, for families like this one, there will always be hope.”

Because of you, Chinua and her family had the lifesaving food and medicine they needed to recover — and to have hope through their darkest time.

Throughout the pandemic, Holt donors have offered a lifeline to so many children and families around the world who were sick or hungry. Learn more about giving lifesaving food or medicine to a family in need