Before Us, You Were There

When Robert and Kathryn Gray learned that their son received support from several Holt sponsors before he joined their family, they felt compelled to reach out and say thank you. They wrote a letter, and included several photos of their son now home with his mother, father and younger brother. 

This story originally appeared in Holt’s spring 2016 sponsorship magazine.

Chattrapat (center), now Robert, with his parents and brother in a photo sent to the sponsors who supported him before he joined his family.
Chattrapat (center), now Robert, with his parents and brother in a photo sent to the sponsors who supported him before he joined his family.

Dear Sponsor,

Chattrapat is now usually called Robert, but we still often use his Thai nickname as well. He is in a head start program at his daycare and he is a fast learner. He is very inquisitive and loves to play with cars, planes and blocks. He also likes to read books and has memorized the beginnings of several of his favorites. Continue reading “Before Us, You Were There”

Story Behind The Photo: No, That One’s Mine!

When we ask sisters Mew and Nan if they’ve kept any of the letters they’ve received from their sponsors over the years, their mom already has them on hand. She gives a small stack of letters to each of her girls.

“No, that one’s mine!” Nan says to her sister, excitedly exchanging her stack of letters with Mew’s.

Mick, their social worker, laughs. “They know exactly which one is their sponsor!” she says.

Among the letters are birthday and Christmas cards, as well as well wishes for back-to-school season. The girls proceed to show us their stuffed animals and ride a small tricycle that they keep near the back door of their kitchen — toys they received because of the support of their sponsors.

In addition to providing these fun things, their sponsors are the ones who make it possible for Mew and Nan to go to school.

This is an excerpt from a longer story that appeared in Holt’s fall 2017 sponsorship magazine. Read it here!

A Sponsor Story That Began in Korea, 1954

A command radio and radar repairman for the U.S. Air Force, Clare Graham was just 20 years old when he found himself stationed near Seoul during the last year of the Korean War. On his rare days off, Clare and his buddies would sometimes drive the 30 miles into Seoul to find ice cream — a nearly unheard-of treat in Korea in 1954. But one day in April, he decided to stay close to base. He headed out for a walk, and it became a walk he’d never forget. Continue reading “A Sponsor Story That Began in Korea, 1954”

Story Behind The Photo: Holt Child Sponsorship in Uganda

We met Veronica on a trip to Uganda in June 2016. She lives in a rural village about 35 km outside of Kampala, where Holt sponsors and donors support vulnerable children and their families.

After a day of visiting families, we met this extraordinary woman, who at 69 is caring for ten grandchildren. Inside her small sitting room, Veronica perched on the edge of a chair with her grandchildren sitting on the floor behind her — filling every inch of remaining space. Ten beautiful pairs of eyes peered at us as we listened to Veronica share her story and explain what motivates her to continue working well into her old age to provide for her many grandchildren.

“First, I get my motivation from God, Jesus Christ,” she said in Luganda. “And because I have sponsors who have come to support us, it gives me the motivation to continue looking after them.”

 

No one on our team can remember what we said that made Veronica laugh so boisterously, but her face lit up in the most beautiful way — creating a moment we will never forget.

FAQs About Sponsoring a Child Through Holt

Children in Holt's child sponsorship program in Uganda hold cards from their sponsors in celebration of International Day of the Child!
Children in Holt’s child sponsorship program in Uganda hold cards from their sponsors in celebration of International Day of the Child!

How long are children in Holt’s sponsorship program?

Children remain in our programs for however long it takes for them to have a safe, stable home environment and for their basic needs to be met. This can be anywhere from weeks to years. Depending on the country and program, children remain in sponsorship through varying ages, often depending on their specific needs. We work with every child and family in our programs to create a sustainable, long-term plan for the future.

Continue reading “FAQs About Sponsoring a Child Through Holt”

COVID-19 in Mongolia: How The Pandemic is Affecting Sponsored Kids & Families

An interview with Tsembel Danzankhuu, social service coordinator for Holt Mongolia, about how the COVID-19 is affecting children and families in Mongolia — and how sponsors and donors are helping to meet their most urgent needs. 

Children who live near the Red Stone School in Mongolia stand with an emergency food delivery they received during the pandemic.
Children who live near the Red Stone School in Mongolia stand with an emergency food delivery they received during the pandemic.

How is the pandemic affecting children and families in Holt’s Mongolia programs?

I would like to say that the situation is not good at all. Our children in Mongolia and the families are being very much affected by this pandemic. Why? Because first of all, they are very vulnerable families we are serving. And many of the families, especially single moms, have been very affected because [they are now] out of work. … And there are no relief funds from the government. … So many families are struggling now to feed their children and whatever income they have they are spending on food only. This pandemic is also creating some prices to go up, like food prices. Winter also just started and we have three months to go so they also have to worry about how to keep themselves warm. They have to buy coal for fuel. … This is all really affecting them. Continue reading “COVID-19 in Mongolia: How The Pandemic is Affecting Sponsored Kids & Families”

Reader Favorite Stories of 2020

Revisit our most read, most shared, most liked adoption, adoptee and international program stories from the past year!

Top 5 Adoption Stories 

Why International Adoption is Still Needed

Until we live in a world where every child can grow up safe and loved  in a permanent, loving family, Holt will continue to provide and advocate for ethical, child-centered international adoption. Continue reading “Reader Favorite Stories of 2020”

Nobody Sees Me, But You Do

In her early teens, Devi thought she’d never be able to attend school. But then, Holt sponsors began supporting her family —  lifting them out of the darkness.

Devi (top left) stands outside her home with her mother and two of her younger siblings.

“Can I say something?” Devi asks, shyly. Devi has a thin face and large, deep eyes, just like her mom. She looks less tired than her mom — although her eyes hold more suffering than most teenage girls. 

“Of course,” we tell her. She had been mostly quiet during our time talking with the family, so what she says next surprises us all.  

Immediately, tears cascade down her cheeks.

“I’m not speaking in English nicely, but [I want to] so thank you. It is God’s grace and mercy that you help us. I want to say, God is helping me through you. God is working, and you are His engine for good,” she says, becoming more choked up and passionate as she goes. “My mom is working and I’m working, but really, you are helping in my education and studies and all things. I am very thankful for you. Nobody sees me, but you do. You help give us medicine, milk and food. All my family was in darkness, but now there is light.”

This is an excerpt from a longer story about Devi and her family from when our storytelling team met them in Pune, India.  Read the full story now!