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.
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.
Thanks to Holt sponsors, children in Holt’s programs around the world received gifts and had birthday celebrations for International Day of the Child!
In a year filled with COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantines and other difficulties, this International Day of the Child celebration was just what the children needed. The birthday parties were a chance for them to have fun and feel celebrated and special. Thank you for making it such a joyous day for these children!
Here are reports from just some of this year’s celebrations:
And they’d always show up, full of hunger, at Yesus Mena.
Many of their families are subsistence farmers, and can’t provide regular meals for their children. Students would walk miles each direction to get to this special school, but once they got there they were too hungry to concentrate — distracted by hunger pains. But not anymore!
Because of your generosity, 680 students at Yesus Mena now receive free school lunch every day!
Every day, you help provide a lunch of stewed vegetables and meat, rice, spongy injera and more! This filling, delicious meal keeps them attentive, and is just the fuel they need to learn to their fullest potential!
Thank you for helping fight hunger at Yesus Mena School for the Deaf!
Host a child from Colombia this December and help them find a permanent, loving family.
This December, Holt is partnering with KidSave to bring an incredible opportunity to waiting children in Colombia and families in the U.S.
In December, older children from Colombia will travel to spend several weeks with a family in the U.S. Families can share their favorite activities, learn about another culture, spend time with a wonderful child, consider adopting or help that child find a permanent family.
This is the perfect opportunity for families considering adopting an older child from Colombia.
The application deadline is September 15, 2021.
Interested in learning more about hosting? Contact email@example.com or visitkidsave.org/webinars to sign up for an online orientation.
After receiving a Families Not Finances Special Needs Adoption Fund grant, the Holcomb Family sent this letter to thank Holt donors for their generosity, and for helping to unite them with their daughter someday.
Duy was suffering from malnutrition and needed help. But thanks to generous donors like you, Duy can grow and thrive!
Before, Duy and his older sister were left at an orphanage in Vietnam when their mother couldn’t afford to feed them anymore. He was sick with a chronically upset stomach, swollen legs, a constant stuffy nose and ear infections.
“Why do they want to let the children to study?” says Payal, her dark brown eyes perplexed.
“Especially girls…?” Mayvis adds hesitantly — the addition to Payal’s statement that makes all four girls nod in mutual questioning. Payal, Sanjana, Manixa and Mayvis are recording a message for their Holt sponsors. And this, their biggest question, marks a drastic shift in tone.
Just five minutes ago they sat upstairs in their classroom — proudly performing an American pop song in front of their classmates. Their friend group, all between the ages of 11 and 13, calls themselves the “Planet Chicks.” They like to talk on the school bus, dance and sing, and encourage one another to do the right thing.
They are happy, carefree girls. But, as their biggest question lets on, they know things could be drastically different. The conversation becomes serious.
“They don’t like girls,” Sanjana says, “they only like boys.”
“People in the village,” Payal clarifies.
These girls all come from families that have migrated from the villages to the booming, southern city of Bengaluru. The villages they speak of are actually cities of several hundred thousand people, where people still adhere more strictly to the rules of traditional patriarchal society. Where they come from, it is common to educate boys, but not educate girls. Where they come from, young girls get married.
This is an excerpt from a longer story that originally appeared on the Holt Stories blog in July 2018.