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.
Holt president Phil Littleton shares three short sponsorship stories with Holt’s child sponsors.
This month, I want to share a few little stories with you from our family strengthening program in China. They are short, sweet and to the point. But what I love about them is the glimpse they give into a sponsored child’s life. And how you, as a sponsor, are helping a child to have a happy, healthy childhood — or as close to that as possible for a child who has already experienced a lot of hard things in life.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visitkidsave.org/webinars to sign up for an online orientation.
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.
Holt CEO Phil Littleton shares a special message with sponsors.
Recently, I went back and reread a story in one of our older Holt sponsorship magazines. It’s a sweet story about an adoptive mom who also sponsors children in India, the country where she adopted her two daughters. It got me thinking about my own children, who are also adopted, and how incredibly meaningful sponsorship would have been in their lives.
My wife and I adopted our kids domestically in the U.S., so we know they didn’t have sponsors before they joined our family. But I often think about that — about how vulnerable they would have been if they had lived in an orphanage overseas, and how grateful I would feel to the people who so generously cared for them during that precarious time in their lives. Continue reading “Thank You For Being a Guardian Angel”
“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.
Critically malnourished and always tired, Jovan’s health was suffering. He needed help.
Pale and skinny, Jovan’s health was so poor, he didn’t even have enough energy to help around the house. He had terrible, debilitating stomach pains. He couldn’t gain weight even though his family gave him whatever extra food they had — which wasn’t very much.
Jovan is one of seven children. Both of his parents work, but they don’t make enough to support a family of nine. While none of them had enough to eat, Jovan’s health was worst of all…
Did you know that Holt has a Bulgaria adoption program?
Holt is a longstanding partner of Vesta, a licensed agency in Bulgaria with over 20 years of experience advocating for children, especially children with special needs and older children who have been waiting a long time for a family.