In September, Holt President and CEO Phil Littleton spent two weeks visiting Holt projects in China and Mongolia. “The work we are doing exceeded my expectations,” Phil said. “It was extraordinary.”
Below Phil visits the Rainbow Special Baby Care Unit within a state-run infant and toddler orphanage in Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Holt established ties with the orphanage in 1999. At this special baby care unit, Holt provides at-risk infants and toddlers with the proper nutrition, medical care and nurture they need to thrive.
In Nanning, China, Holt sponsors support the education of over 2,000 children — children who would likely otherwise drop out of school early to find work in a factory, or worse, end up on the streets. Below, Holt’s China regional coordinator, Stephanie Raymond, shares about two sponsored children who she met on a recent trip to Nanning.
Thirteen years ago, Fan Fan* was found abandoned as an infant in the mountains of Guangxi province, China. It was the year 2003, when China’s one-child-per-family policy was still in full force — and it was not uncommon to find an abandoned infant girl by a roadside or on the steps of an orphanage in China. Unlike many of the children found by kind strangers in China, the man who found Fan Fan did not take her to the police. He felt compassion for her, and took her in and cared for her until he became sick and passed away several years later. In the years since, Fan Fan has received support from her adopted father’s cousin — a construction worker who struggles to provide for both Fan Fan and his two grandchildren. One day, Fan Fan hopes to become a doctor. She hopes she can give back and help others, she says, just like the many people have helped her in her life — including her sponsors in the U.S.
Fan Fan is one of 2,112 children currently enrolled in Holt’s sponsorship and family strengthening program in Guangxi province. Here, Holt is able to provide support to so many children by collaborating with the local education departments and the teachers to identify children in need. Teachers in China are highly involved in the lives of their pupils and are incentivized by the government to ensure that children receive the minimum nine required years of education. Continue reading “Because of Your Support”
Earlier this year, Holt’s China staff interviewed several children in Holt’s sponsorship program in Nanning, Guangxi province. Click below to view a few short clips of the children sharing a message with their sponsors in the U.S.!
Four years ago, Holt started a family strengthening project in Nanning to help orphans living on their own and young students from vulnerable single-parent families. Most of the children have lost at least one parent. In some cases, the one remaining parent in these children’s lives has left them — leaving them with no support, and no one to care for them.
With support from Holt sponsors, over 2,200 children are able to attend local schools in this mountainous area of southern Guangxi province. Holt funds a portion of the children’s nutritional support, education materials and tuition fees. By covering their educational expenses, this project also helps children who have living family members to remain in the loving care of their birth families — preventing separation due to economic stress. Donations also help to provide school uniforms and bedding for the children.
This project is managed in partnership with the local Nanning Education Foundation and the local government in Heng County.
In both 2012 and 2013, the Civil Affairs Ministry and China Charity Federation named the Holt Nanning Family Strengthening project one of the 40 most influential projects in China.
Click below to see and hear from a few of the students in this program…