The Only Home He Knew

When a tragic fire burns down an orphanage in Haiti, Holt donors immediately step up to provide nourishing food, safe shelter and psychological support for the 28 children who survive — including one boy who lost the only home he ever knew.

Samuel with a life skills trainer at the transit center where he has stayed since the fire at his orphanage in Haiti.
Samuel with a life skills trainer at the transit center where he has stayed since the fire at his orphanage in Haiti.

Ten-year-old Samuel can’t remember how old he was when his mom left him at an orphanage in Fermathe, a city just south of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. He was little, though — around 3 or 4 — and he remembers that his mom visited him for a while afterward. Until she didn’t. Continue reading “The Only Home He Knew”

On Orphan Sunday, Raise Your Voice

Today, there are an estimated 132 million “orphans” in the world.

But did you know that 90 percent of these children actually have at least one parent who is alive, or an extended web of grandparents or family members?

In the United States, we would never consider the child of a single parent an orphan.

The same should be true for every child around the world. Although many children have endured the trauma of losing one parent, they still have family that love and care for them.

But even though their families love them, in far too many cases children end up abandoned or displaced — especially if they have already lost one parent. Or, too often, children and families survive without proper nutrition, clothing and other necessities that are essential for their wellbeing. Children are at constant risk of losing their families due to poverty, illness or other hardships. They are, in other words, at risk of becoming orphaned or abandoned.

Together, we can prevent that from happening…

On Sunday, November 8, churches across the globe will observe Orphan Sunday as a time to recognize the world’s most vulnerable children. As we recognize their great needs, we must back our sympathy with action. Continue reading “On Orphan Sunday, Raise Your Voice”