Three times a year — for Christmas, International Day of the Child in June and for back-to-school in August — child sponsors have the opportunity to send a personalized card or bookmark to their sponsored child. Sponsors also make special donations to buy presents, throw parties and give special meals to kids. Holt’s on-the-ground staff and kids want you to know how much joy, lightness and excitement you give them during these special celebrations. Read just a few of our favorite updates from 2018 parties!
“Kids were extremely happy to see the photos of their sponsor and excited to share their birthday cards with their classmates and teachers.” CHINA
One by one, family by family, sponsors have over the past 40 years helped to create dramatic change in the lives of children living in some of India’s worst slum neighborhoods. And now, for the first time, children from the slums are beginning to dream well beyond their circumstances.
Without a job, Tserenjargal didn’t know how she could provide for her three children. Their poverty was far-reaching. But then she received the Gift of Hope of a business microloan, and this reached even further.
The sub-zero wind whips Tserenjargal’s hair across her face as she trudges through the icy ruts leading back to her home.
Both arms full of rubber tire shreds and other plastics, she looks behind her to make sure her young daughter is following. Trying to help, her daughter holds two small pieces of trash in each of her hands.
They step into their ger — a traditional Mongolian, yurt-like home — where the air is only slightly less icy. Ariumbold, Tserenjargal’s husband, and their two other daughters sit on the bed. One of them is just a baby. Arimbold had a severe head injury earlier this year, and the doctors say he may never be the same. He certainly isn’t able to work. Continue reading “How The Gift of a Microloan Helped One Family in Mongolia”
As a Holt sponsor and volunteer, soon-to-be adoptive mom Sherri Jo Gallagher knew her son was already loved in China. Now that he’s home, she can’t wait to show him how loved he’ll be with her in the U.S. Sherri Jo wrote the following story just weeks before she traveled to bring him home!
When you step off the plane and go home together for the first time, your journey as an adoptive family has really just begun. You will have highs. You will have lows. But every step of the way, and no matter what life brings, Holt’s robust post-adoption team will be here to support you, your child and your entire family. Here are just 10 of the post-adoption services we offer for families and adoptees.
Exposure to alcohol. This may be the most vague and full-of-unknowns special need you’ll come across in the profiles of children waiting to be adopted. It includes a vast array of outcomes, sometimes including no effects at all. However, many parents jump to an extreme when they first read “alcohol exposure” — thinking, “This must mean they have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).” Or, families nearly skip over it — thinking, “It’s so common… it must not be a big deal.” An informed approach to adopting a child with alcohol exposure lies somewhere in the middle: informed by research, supported by other families’ experiences, and always with the best interests of the child as the deciding factor.
Hunger threatens children’s lives around the world. Children like Sarnai and Shenaz live day to day, wondering if they will eat. But you can help. This winter, give a gift to fill their bellies, and save their lives.
Sarnai is Hungry
Seven-year-old Sarnai is hungry. Her family lives in a one-room, tent-like home on a bare, blustery hillside overlooking Ulaanbaatar. On the other side of the hill, the city dump sprawls for miles and miles.
What seven years of sponsorship looks like for one young family in Thailand.
Twenty-eight-year-old Malee sits with ankles crossed behind her on the teal tiled floor of her home in southern Thailand. Tears stream down her face as she speaks, while her youngest daughter sits in her lap, reaching up with a tissue to wipe away each of her mom’s tears as they fall.