Why Korean Adoptee Cat Fisher knits blankets for children in Holt’s child sponsorship programs around the world. This story originally appeared in Holt’s spring 2017 child sponsorship magazine.
Growing up, Cat Fisher had a special blanket. It was blue and made of an old Disney sheet and she loved every ratty corner of it.
“I took it everywhere with me until it became rags,” says Cat, a Korean Adoptee who now lives in Georgia with her husband, James, and two hound dogs, Annyong and Toby.
Cat was just 3 months old when she arrived on an airplane in Memphis, Tennessee accompanied by a team of nuns. This is a story Cat’s mom and dad have shared with her throughout her life — describing the frenzied nuns, the anxiety when her flight was delayed, and the quick handoff of a tiny baby with nothing more than the clothes she wore on her long flight home.Continue reading “How One Adoptee Wraps Children With Love”
Thai Adoptee Taylor Beebe shares her experience with the adoptee birth search process, and how it felt to meet her birth mother for the first time in twenty years.
“Hello, my name is Taylor, and a fun fact about me is that I was adopted from Thailand.” This is my go-to quick fact during icebreaker activities or when I’m meeting someone new.
Whenever I say that I am adopted, people always show a lot of interest. They think that it’s the coolest thing since sliced bread. What those people don’t always understand is that adoption isn’t simply the “coolest” thing. It’s much more complex than that. I love my family and adoption is an essential piece of my identity, but I have struggled to process my feelings as an Adoptee. It hasn’t always been easy for me.
An interview with Jim Dé, director of our partner Shishu Sangopan Griha (SSG) in Delhi, India. Jim shares how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Holt-sponsored children and their families in Delhi, and how sponsors and donors are helping to meet their most urgent needs — especially now, during the country’s deadly second wave.
How is the pandemic currently affecting Holt-sponsored children and families in Delhi?
We saw a huge surge between the month of April and July/August 2020 and then we saw a huge tapering down of the situation and people were getting back to work. So I think the first couple of months in 2020 at least to the middle of the year was pretty difficult for lots of families. And then by Aug/Sept, we saw people getting back to work.
However, the sad thing is that in 2021, it’s back to a bigger bang than in 2020. We are seeing a huge surge in the number of cases and it seems like every second house is affected with COVID. This is an extremely precarious situation right now. …
Orphanages around the world are full of children with special needs. Whether due to poverty or intense stigma, many parents feel that they have no option but to place their child with special needs into an orphanage.
With the support of child sponsors, one brave group of women in Cambodia seek a better life for their children. This story originally appeared in Holt’s spring 2016 sponsorship magazine.
They call themselves the Brave Women.
Sitting in a circle on a large, green tarp under the shade of cashew nut trees, many of the women sit with their legs bent under them to one side, calves parallel, in the way so natural to Cambodians. It’s bright and hot, and little clouds of dust rise under the fidgeting feet of the children lingering to watch. Some women hold smaller children on their laps. Nearby, two large, cream-colored oxen graze on dry brush, their ears and tails swishing at flies.
The leader of this group is an older woman with strong hands and a small streak of gray hair near each of her temples. She speaks softly, but confidently in Khmer.
“We call ourselves the brave women because everyone has to be brave and speak up,” she says.
Nine years ago, we shared a story about Melia, a little girl with major congenital heart disease who joined her family after they saw her on Holt’s waiting child photolisting. Read an update on Melia today from her parents, Ryan and Katie!
Dan Nolta loves receiving Gifts of Hope from his children — gifts given in his honor to help a child or family across the world. One of his favorites so far has been the gift of a fishing kit. Here, Dan imagines who the recipient of his Gift of Hope of a fishing kit might have been…