Holt’s supporters are amazing. Because of gifts to our President’s Top Priority Fund last year, we have seen striking changes in the lives of children and families we serve. Hopeful adoptive families have been able to offer a loving home to children with special needs, while children with special needs living with their families around the world were able to receive the vital medical care and therapies they need to thrive. Through family strengthening initiatives, many struggling families now have the tools and resources to independently support their children. Holt’s supporters created pathways for children to go to school, provided lifesaving food to orphaned children in North Korea and created hope and opportunity in the lives of children and families as near as Haiti and as far as Mongolia and Vietnam.
Below, we share some of our favorite stories from the year — stories that show the lasting and meaningful difference you made in the lives of children and families in 2015. Thank you, and enjoy!
GIVING MEDICAL CARE TO WAITING CHILDREN
While in care at Holt’s medical foster home in Beijing, China — Mya overcame her delays and is now thriving in the loving care of her family. Click here to read her story.
ACCESSING HEALTHCARE FOR THE FIRST TIME
In 2015, the Holt-funded Mother and Child Health Center in Shinshicho, Ethiopia opened its doors to patients and now, for the first time, more than 250,000 men, women and children have access to advanced healthcare. Read more here.
HELPING CHILDREN THRIVE IN FAMILIES
After five years in an orphanage in India, Ranjit came home to a family in the U.S.. With the unconditional love and support of his family, “RJ” is now becoming the boy he was always meant to be. Read RJ’s story here.
REACHING THE MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES
The children of migrant families are some of the most vulnerable in India, and they are often excluded from schools and at risk of exploitation, trafficking and abuse. Recognizing the needs of this growing population, Holt’s partner in the region completely refocuses their efforts, using education as a transformative tool. Read the full story.
TEACHING COMMUNITIES HOW TO GROW
“If a community is strong and healthy, then the children of that community have a much higher chance of healthy development both physically and mentally,” Thoa Bui, Holt’s senior executive for SE Asia programs, says of the Tha Sala Learning Center in Thailand. “This is what the community garden helps to address.” Click here to read more.
Thank you for bringing hope to children and families in 2015!