Ten years ago, Holt sponsors began supporting children and families in the impoverished community of Shinshicho — a district capital in southern Ethiopia where goats and cattle still roam the unpaved roads that lead through town, few homes or businesses have electricity or running water, and donkeys are the primary mode of transportation.
Here, as throughout Ethiopia, years of civil war and drought have robbed many families of their livelihoods, while famine and illness have robbed many children of their parents. Most families in rural Ethiopia subsist on what they can grow on small plots of land, which is often just barely enough to feed their families. But in 2008, when Holt began working alongside local leaders and community elders, life began to change for many children and families in Shinshicho. Continue reading “It Takes a Village: Holt Sponsors Change Lives in Ethiopia”
For children in China with a heart condition, immediate heart surgery is often their only hope. Adoptive mom Andrea shares about her son, Tristan, and how early intervention saved his life.
As the mother of four children born in China with congenital heart disease , I am intimately familiar with the critical need for early medical intervention — often in the form of heart surgery — for children with heart conditions.
My eldest son, Tristan, was the only one of my children to receive heart surgery while still in China, and this saved his life.
We are starting 2019 inspired and filled with gratitude — all because of our donors! Thank you to every child sponsor, every donor, every advocate and every person who donated their time, money or social media platform to help a child in need this year!
Because of you…
- Hungry children received nourishing meals.
- Sick children received critically needed medicines and surgeries.
- Boys and girls learned they could go to school — in some cases for the first time! They received uniforms, books and supplies.
- Children in orphanages received the one-on-one care they need to grow and thrive. Hundreds joined adoptive families. Many finally felt loved and accepted, joining foster families and group homes free from stigma and ridicule.
- Single moms received job skills training, parenting help, free daycare support, and some even received new homes! Many more finally felt like they had a team of support wrapping them in encouragement and hope for the future with services like community savings programs, microloans, livestock training, counseling and much, much more.
- Some women — and many children — fled or were rescued from violent situations.
- You also fed more than 50,000 people in North Korea, including thousands of children growing up in orphanages.
Without a doubt, YOU are amazing. You are making the world a brighter place. You are giving real help and hope!
Here are 10 ways you are changing the world through your compassion, kindness and incredible generosity! Continue reading “10 Ways Holt Donors Are Changing The World!”
In China, children with special needs who are living in orphanage care often go without — or wait too long for — the medical care they need. These are children like Jun Jun…
Jun Jun’s cleft lip should have been repaired months ago. Most babies born with cleft lip and palate get their first surgery at 3 to 6 months old. But Jun Jun is nearly a year old.
His orphanage can’t afford the procedure. Continue reading “Jun Jun Urgently Needs a Cleft Lip Surgery”
Every year, we identify children with the most life-threatening, immediate needs and ask donors to help them. These children are in crisis.
Born in China with a cleft lip and palate, baby Rebekah was so malnourished that she could have died in her orphanage. But then she received a Gift of Hope that saved her life.
She was just a week old, and tiny. The caregivers at the orphanage looked into her big, bright eyes and gave her the name “Xiu.” Beautiful.
When baby Xiu came into care, she also had a deep cleft in her lip that made it hard for her to suck on a bottle. She barely ate, and barely grew. When she left the orphanage, at 2 and a half months old, she weighed just six pounds. Continue reading “How a Cleft Lip Surgery Saved Baby Rebekah”
When 4-year-old Journi’s health started to deteriorate, donors made it possible for her to move from her orphanage to Holt’s medical foster home in China. Now that Journi is home — and thriving — her mom has a very special message for our Peace House supporters.
My husband, Brian, and I had been in our third adoption process for several months when we received a spotlight email with several precious little faces — all in desperate need of a family.
One little girl grabbed our hearts immediately. Continue reading “A VERY Big Thank You”
You Gave This Family Warmth!
Because of you, Gerel and her daughters have a safe home, and hope for the future. But when we first met them nine months ago, Gerel was six months pregnant, and bone thin. She ate only flour so that her 3-year-old daughter, Erhi, would have enough to eat. Both Gerel and her daughter suffered from malnutrition.
Like so many women and children living in poverty in Mongolia, Gerel and Erhi stayed in an abusive situation because they had nowhere else to go. Continue reading “Rescued From Domestic Violence”
A Special Valentine’s Video
This Valentine’s Day, children at the Kianh Foundation — a school for children with special needs in Vietnam — have a very important message just for you…
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