Honey Clothing Co.: Sweet Fashion with Even Sweeter Intentions

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Honey Clothing Company is a fashion brand started by new mom Elizabeth McGlathery. The brand currently specializes in women’s tees and accessories. While Honey Clothing’s products are certainly sweet and cute, there’s more to the company than simply selling pretty things. Honey Clothing Company also helps children around the world through Holt. 

“I launched Honey Clothing Company ultimately to stay at home with our son,” Elizabeth says. “My husband and I felt like we had missed out on so much of his little life already. So we decided to take a leap of faith.”

As sweet as this sounds, Elizabeth has even sweeter intentions behind her business. One is an exercise of conscience. All of Honey Clothing Company’s tees are sourced from socially responsible manufacturers that take good care of their employees and create their items through eco-friendly practices.

Her other intention is to help support single mothers in South Korea through Holt International. With every order, Honey Clothing Company donates $2 to Holt.

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Special COVID-19 Video Series: An Update from VCT in India

In the second video in our series of interviews with Holt program directors around the world,  we have a message from Hepzibah Sharmila, the executive director of Vathsalya Charitable Trust — Holt’s partner organization in Bengaluru, India.

In this video update, Sharmila shares about the effects of the pandemic for children and families living in poverty, and how — with the support of Holt sponsors — she and her team have mobilized to meet their most critical needs.

We hope that you enjoy this update from the field. In this time that Holt staff can’t travel to gather information about the kids in Holt’s programs, we hope this video series encourages you with examples of all the good work you are helping to support around the world.

Click here to watch our special COVID-19 video update from Uganda! And stay tuned for more video interviews from the field!

Back to School, Around the World

All around the world this year, school will look different due to COVID-19. But whether children are physically in a classroom, or learning from home, your gifts will help children continue to learn and stay safe from early marriage and forced labor during this time of global crisis. Here are the current back-to-school plans in each of the countries where Holt kids live!

Whether a child is the daughter of migrant workers in India, lives near the Red Stone garbage dump in Mongolia, or has Down syndrome in Vietnam, education is vital to helping every child overcome poverty and reach their potential in life. It is also a cornerstone to the help that you provide through Holt.

But what about this year? What does back-to-school look like during a global pandemic?

 

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Confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic Through Adaptability, Partnership and Innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented challenges before the children, families and communities Holt serves. As already vulnerable populations struggle to adapt to the economic and social disruption of this global crisis, critical work in family strengthening, orphan care, and domestic and international adoption has taken on new dimensions.

While not typically an “emergency response” organization, dedicated Holt staff in deep collaboration with long-time partners have reacted with agility and innovation to meet emergency needs as well as continue delivering holistic services and care for orphaned children and vulnerable families across our country programs. The following are brief illustrations of how Holt teams have adapted to meet shifting needs in response to COVID -19.

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Keeping Kids Connected During COVID-19

In Delhi, children felt isolation, bored and disconnected from their Holt-supported community during their city-wide lockdown. But then, they started a vlog to connect with each other — and it’s been more meaningful than they ever expected.

“Hello Friends! I’m Deepa,” says a young girl, giving a slight wave to the camera. Deepa wears her black hair in two low French braids fastened with purple scrunchies, and has a thin black choker necklace around her neck.

A friendly greeting and introduction like this is how 11-year-old Deepa starts all of her videos on the KARE Kids vlog. In her first video, she shares about herself, her life and her family. In a later video, titled “Arts and Crafts with Deepa,” she shows how to make a pop-up greeting card. In the one before that she shares yoga tips, and in another she tells everyone which superpower she would choose to have and why.

In her latest video on the vlog. Deepa shares about which superpower she would want to have.

Deepa is one of 28 children who contribute to the KARE Kids Vlog Channel. Although, with its classroom-like feel, it’s really more like a community of friends than just a YouTube channel. Each of these children lives in Delhi, India and are part of the Kinship Care and Relational Engagement or “KARE” program through Shishu Sangopan Griha (SSG), Holt’s partner organization in the city.

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In Good Hands | A China Adoption Travel Thank You Message

China adoption travelWhen the Kennedy family arrived in China to adopt their daughter Mia last year, some things did not go as expected. But John Feng — Holt’s site manager in Guangzhou, China — went above and beyond to care for them and meet each need that they and their daughter had.

Sometimes, adoption is all about preparing for the unexpected.

From the homestudy and dossier to waiting for a match, adoptive parents quickly learn that while there’s a lot they can control, there’s also a lot that is out of their hands.

No one understands this more than our current families in process. As of July 2020, travel is still on hold for many Holt adoptive families because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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What a Difference a Year Makes

adoption change in a yearThe first year home for a child and his or her adoptive family holds a lot of change, joy, difficulty, patience and love. But one year can make all the difference.

For a child living in an orphanage or foster home overseas, joining an adoptive family often means finally receiving the medical care they need to grow healthy and strong. It means going to occupational or physical therapy to begin to catch up developmentally. It means receiving the love, attention and nurturing care that they went without for so long.

All children have the potential to grow by leaps and bounds with each passing year. But for a child who was just adopted, this growth can be even more profound.

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Pandemic-Proof Care for Children

Ping urgently needed surgery. But due to COVID-19, he couldn’t travel from his orphanage to receive care in Beijing. That’s when Holt China staff, generous donors and local doctors stepped up to help — working remotely to ensure he receive the medical care he needed!

Three-year-old Ping lives in an orphanage in China and is a favorite among his caregivers and friends. He loves to give big hugs and greetings to everyone he meets. He is an amazing little boy.

Like many kids living in orphanages in China, Ping also has special needs. He was born with deformities in both of his wrists and hands. Two of his fingers were misplaced and he couldn’t move them, and his wrists bent all the way towards his thumbs.

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Ping in October when he first arrived at the Peace House.

Despite his limitations, he adapted and did his best.

“Even though he has special needs on his hands,” his orphanage caregivers share, “he tried his best to grab and eat fruits and dumplings.”

But Ping deserved to have the best care, and best future, possible. And doctors recommended that he receive surgery to help correct his hands and wrists.

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Tatum Needs a Family!

Tatum is 8 years old, lives in Colombia and loves to run and play. He is an expressive child who enjoys activities where he can use his imagination such as painting, coloring and building with modeling clay. He also enjoys running, jumping, climbing and playing soccer!

Watch this video to see him do a really cool move on the monkey bars!

Tatum is respectful of adult figures and follows the rules set at school and in his care home. He is shy at times, but works to use his words to share his feelings. His favorite color is blue and he dislikes tuna fish. He is working hard to catch up in school and learns best through stimulation and sensory exercises. Tatum needs a family who has access to excellent educational and therapeutic resources.

The best family for Tatum is one that can provide firm and loving parenting but also promote his love for active and spontaneous play.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Tatum? We’d love to tell you more about him! Email us at waitingchild@holtinternational.org.