In September, Holt President and CEO Phil Littleton spent two weeks visiting Holt projects in China and Mongolia. “The work we are doing exceeded my expectations,” Phil said. “It was extraordinary.”
Below Phil visits the Rainbow Special Baby Care Unit within a state-run infant and toddler orphanage in Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Holt established ties with the orphanage in 1999. At this special baby care unit, Holt provides at-risk infants and toddlers with the proper nutrition, medical care and nurture they need to thrive.
Family Preservation in Mongolia:
While in Mongolia, Phil also visited families in Holt’s family strengthening and preservation program. Holt established this program in 2013 to help struggling families — most of which are headed by single mothers — care for their children.
“These families are living in extremely small huts,” Phil says. “We arrived with food for them, and for some of the families it was the first meal of the day. But we are helping them get back on their feet.”
Erdenetsetseg, mother of three children (pictured below), is unemployed. Her husband visits his children and wife but does not support the family. They live below the poverty line in a ger dwelling, and get their drinking water from a nearby public water pump station. The youngest child receives support through Holt’s child sponsorship program.
Shurenchimeg (above) is a single mother with four children. The family lives in a poorly maintained ger dwelling. For work, Shurenchimeg collects recyclable items from the garbage and sells them. The family receives assistance from the government as well as Holt, and the school-aged children receive support from Holt child sponsors.
LIBRARY IN ULAANBAATAR:
Below, Phil visits a Holt-supported library and after-school program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Along with giving children access to books through the library, Holt also provides hot lunches, study programs, art and music instruction, language class and other activities as well as a health monitoring and hygiene program. The children are also provided counseling and intervention, as needed, by the social welfare officers. It is Holt’s hope that this special after-school program will provide a gateway through which we can engage a much greater number of families in the district, provide services to them and their children, and have a positive impact on the community.
In China, Phil visited families in our family strengthening and preservation program, and met with officials from China’s Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA).
Read more about our work in China and Mongolia!
Holt Opens Library For Children in Impoverished District of Mongolia by Holt’s Nutrition Initiatives Coordinator Aloura Digiallonardo, who recently traveled to Mongolia
A Bright, Curious Mind —In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Holt strives to meet the changing needs of 15-year-old Batbayar, a boy with cerebral palsy who is growing too big — and too smart — for his environment.
Looking to the Sky — After a stroke left her paralyzed, one single mother in Mongolia considered taking her own life. But empowered by the support of Holt sponsors, she regained hope — and her children regained the courageous woman they call mom.
China Sponsorship — Holt advocates and donors meet children at one middle school in northeastern China who are receiving support for their education.
To Have a Life — Although Holt first began working with families and children affected by HIV/AIDS in China in 2005, it was just three years ago that we found a way to help orphaned and abandoned children who are living with HIV themselves.
My Life Carries the Love and Hope of Yours — The story of one young woman who, through the support of Holt sponsors and donors, received a life-changing surgery on her spine as well as the resources to attend school and go on to college.