Slideshow: Empowered Women & Girls Around the World

This International Women’s Day, March 8,  is a day to celebrate women and girls everywhere — to empower them to rise above gender-based discrimination, lift themselves from poverty and pursue their dreams.

Empowering women and girls is work that Holt donors support every day.

Here are just some of the amazing women and girls whose lives you are changing!


Give an International Women’s Day gift to empower a woman through job skills training, or help send a girl to school for one year! 

The Children with Broken Hearts

This Valentine’s Day, learn about the children waiting to receive the heart surgeries and treatment that they desperately need. 

Two-year-old Nuan has a broken heart. Not metaphorically, in the way we usually talk about broken hearts — she has a loving family and all of the nurturing care, snuggles and love she could ask for. Her heart is broken literally. She has congenital heart disease.

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A New Uniform and Shoes Kept Chanrea Safe and in School

When Chanrea’s father died, her mom wasn’t sure she could keep her daughter in school.

Chanrea needed books and supplies, a backpack, a uniform and shoes. But her mom earned very little working in a garment factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She couldn’t afford to support Chanrea and her other three children on her own.

The extra costs to send Chanrea to school were just too much! Thankfully, a local Holt social worker heard about Chanrea and saw that she was at risk of dropping out of school. And through the generosity and compassion of Holt donors, Chanrea received everything she needed to continue her education. Continue reading “A New Uniform and Shoes Kept Chanrea Safe and in School”

Warm Winter Coats to Children in China

Because of generous Holt donors, kids in China will be cozy all season.

China’s cold winters can feel even colder for children living in poverty. Many families don’t have heaters to warm their homes. And few can afford anything but cheap cotton coats for their kids to wear all season.

But this winter, children in Holt’s programs in China will stay warm and cozy, bundled up in heavy down coats that Holt donors generously provided through their heartfelt giving!

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Education in a Time of COVID

How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected, and will continue to affect, children’s education around the world.  

 Schools first shut down due to COVID-19 in China in January 2020, and the rest of the globe was soon to follow.

By March, most countries around the world had nationwide full or partial school closures. And the situation has only intensified, with seasons of ebbing and flowing through the spring, summer and fall of 2020, and now the winter of 2021.

During this time, most countries have adapted to some form of distance-learning in an attempt to keep children moving forward in their education. Teachers and students have met over video conferencing apps, educational material has rolled out via radio and television programs, and some schools even delivered workbooks to each enrolled child.

But despite the diversity of these initiatives, most forms of distance learning have been inaccessible for children living in poverty and in developing countries.

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How You Helped These Four Children at Year End

At the end of 2020, Liya, Cam, Purev and Guneet represented the greatest needs children were facing after a difficult year. One month after Holt donors generously stepped up to help, see how these children are doing now!

In the last months of 2020, we shared about some of the greatest, most urgent needs children around the world were facing as part of our President’s Top Priority Campaign for Children 2020. After such a difficult year, from stay at home orders to lost income to schools closing, children were truly in crisis.

The top needs Holt staff around the world identified were: malnutrition in Ethiopia, overcrowded orphanages, children living and working in the garbage dump in Mongolia, and children and families who were homeless or on the brink of homelessness. Each need came to life through a child and his or her story. These children were Liya in Ethiopia, Cam in Vietnam, Purev in Mongolia and Guneet in India.

While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be long-lasting, Holt donors responded generously, providing help to these children who needed it the very most. It’s only been a month since the President’s Top Priority Campaign for Children 2020 concluded, but already children are starting to get the help they need.

Here are the latest updates we’ve received about Liya, Cam, Purev and Guneet since they began receiving help!

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A Warm Place to Learn

Ganbaatar is one of the 52 children Holt donors are keeping warm this winter!

There wasn’t any fuel to warm the Red Stone School in Mongolia this winter, but you provided just what kids needed to get warm!

It’s wintertime in Mongolia, where on the worst days temperatures can drop to 40 degrees below zero. These low temperatures are dangerous — deadly, even — to the children who live here.

The Holt-donor supported Red Stone School is a shelter from the cold for 52 of these precious children. It’s a special informal school just for them — children who live and work near the city’s largest garbage dump.

But this year, as winter approached, teachers and Holt staff didn’t know how children would stay warm. Even though the children could come to school each day, they didn’t have any fuel to heat the school building.

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2020 Year End Top Priority: Children Without a Home

So many children are in danger of homelessness because of the pandemic. But you can help ensure a safe place to sleep for children and their families. 

Whether a makeshift shelter beside the garbage dump in Mongolia, a house with a rotted roof in Cambodia or crowded room in a slum building in India, so many children around the world don’t have a safe place to sleep.

But as the pandemic has exacerbated poverty around the world this year, children are in danger of even losing these homes, and ending up on the streets. Children like Guneet. Continue reading “2020 Year End Top Priority: Children Without a Home”

2020 Year-End Top Priority: Children Living in the Garbage Dump

You can help rush food, masks and other emergency supplies to children living in the dump in Mongolia — children like Purev.

“The harshness of this environment… it is just not a place where children should be,” says Paul Kim, director of programs for Korea and Mongolia. “[It’s not a place] where anyone should be, really — but especially not children.”

But nevertheless, this place — a garbage dump outside of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — is home to dozens of children and their families. Including Purev and her family.

Purev, her mother and five siblings stand outside their ger near the garbage dump in Ulaanbaatar.

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