Every year on June 1, the International Day of the Child, children in Holt’s programs receive a birthday celebration to remember.
More often than not, these children don’t get to celebrate their special day. For families living in poverty, a birthday party for their child is often a luxury they can’t afford. And limited resources make it difficult to give children living in orphanage care the extra special attention they deserve on their birthday.
But Holt sponsors and donors want to make every child’s birthday special and memorable — even if it’s not on their actual birthday.
This year, through the generosity and kindness of sponsors and donors, boys and girls in Holt’s programs around the world will receive birthday gifts, a special meal and a fun-filled day with their community! These celebrations bring such joy to kids who are growing up in poverty with their families, or have no family to celebrate them — giving them the special birthday celebration they deserve.
Check out some of last year’s celebrations below!
In the picture above, children in Shinshicho, Ethiopia excitedly hold up their birthday cards from their sponsors! At last year’s celebration, kids opened their cards and ate special treats provided by sponsors and donors.
“We shared with the children that the sponsors expressed their love, care and good wishes to their sponsored children,” says a Holt Ethiopia staff member who translated the special messages that sponsors wrote for the children. “The theme of the celebration was a message from the sponsors telling the children that they are precious and loved.”
Every country celebrates International Day of the Child in their own way! Last year, children at Haiti’s Fontana Village School celebrated with a birthday meal and dessert — giving them a special treat that many of them wouldn’t receive without the support of sponsors and donors. They also spent this joyous day dancing and singing together! And thanks to sponsors and donors, children received fun toys and games as birthday gifts.
At the Longchuan Family Strengthening program in China, boys and girls received their gifts with so much joy! Through the kindness of sponsors, 98 children in the program felt loved, special and celebrated. “Kids were extremely happy,” says one of Holt’s on-the-ground staff members who attended the party. “They were excited to share their birthday cards with their classmates and teachers.”
Seven-year-old Nan smiles as she opens her birthday card from her sponsor. Last year, children in Thailand, like Nan, received cards, goodie bags and snacks! They also got to go on fun field trips together, where they visited a museum and learned about their community. “These special gifts have made it possible for us to help widen the world for students and their teachers from the remote community who seldom have this kind of opportunity,” says a staff member from Holt Sahathai Foundation, Holt’s long-time partner organization in Thailand.
Kids in Ben Tre, Vietnam celebrated with fun group games like tug of war and volleyball! After a fun competition, they ate a delicious meal with one another — continuing the joy and laughter that they all shared. A child at this program wrote a thank you note to her sponsor, saying that she felt encouraged and optimistic for their generosity. She also felt like she could overcome obstacles to reach her dreams — all because of her sponsor’s kindness.
Children living at BSSK, Holt’s long-time partner in Pune, India, wear hats and fun glasses on their birthday outing. Kids went to a mall, ate pizza and ice cream, and they went to a movie theater for the first time! Children also received special gifts like coloring books, crayons, candy and stuffed animals from their sponsors. Because of the generosity of sponsors, children at BSSK were filled with joy from their birthday parties!
Alex and Hazel proudly hold their birthday cards from their sponsors! In the Philippines, children in Holt’s programs had a fun celebration of singing and dancing with their friends and families. The children ate special dumplings at the party, and they received gift packs provided by sponsors and donors. “We thank you with all of hearts,” one child’s parent said in a message to sponsors. “May God continue to bless you and your families every single day of your lives.”
Mai Anh Boaz | Digital & Content Marketing Specialist
This year, you can make a child’s birthday special and meaningful! Some children don’t have sponsors, but every child deserves a special birthday card and gift. And every $25 you give will provide a birthday gift, special meal and precious memories for a vulnerable child in one of our programs!