An interview with Hang Dam, country director for Holt Vietnam, about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting children and families in Vietnam — and how sponsors and donors are meeting their most urgent needs.
How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting children and families in Holt’s Vietnam programs?
We in Vietnam feel so blessed to be safe up to this point in time. All of our children are safe. None of them are diagnosed with the illness. But the pandemic has caused so many difficulties for the parents because so many have lost jobs. Even with the social distancing period over in Vietnam, many families still face difficulties finding a job due to the number of companies that had to close down or ran out of business. Families have fallen into financial crisis and are struggling with daily living and needing basic necessities for their children. Continue reading “COVID-19 in Vietnam: How the Pandemic is Affecting Sponsored Kids”
Four-year-old Vera is sweet and extroverted. Her caregivers love her, and she gets along well with the other children in her orphanage. She is described as an observant and affectionate child who has a lot of love to give. Continue reading “Vera Still Needs an Adoptive Family!”
Congratulations to Grace Querido, Mei Vader and Grace Rafferty — our three 2020 Adoptee Scholarship winners!
This year, we asked applicants to submit a creative work based on the theme, “A Portrait of Me: An Adoptee.” They each won a $500 scholarship.
For my piece I decided to paint the different facades of my identity. Growing up in a predominantly white town, it was rare to see other Asian kids let alone Korean kids with white parents. Because of that, I attended a Korean adoptee camp where I met other families that looked like mine, which was a really influential experience. On top of race, my religion made me special because I was usually the only Jew in class. I took my individuality as an opportunity to educate my classmates on adoption, Korea, and Judaism. I included my three different names because they’re the foundation from which I built the rest of my identity. I am fortunate that my parents took us on vacations because I learned I loved to scuba surf, and travel which I hope to continue in the future. The paw prints represent my love for animals and the volunteer work I did at a shelter. My artistic side is shown through my love of Broadway and painting. I was also able to express my athleticism through my high school’s cheerleading team. This painting is the perfect visual representation of who I am. Continue reading “2020 Holt Adoptee Scholarship Winners!”
Thomas is an easy-going boy who is waiting for a permanent and loving adoptive family.
At 11 years old, Thomas is active and adventurous. He likes to eat all kinds of food, and especially loves chocolate milk. His caregivers say that he is very helpful and polite. He often volunteers to help out with some of the tasks around the orphanage. He also loves to have fun and one of his favorite games is hide and seek. Continue reading “Thomas is waiting for an adoptive family!”
Charleen is a kind, quiet and responsible 14-year-old waiting for a loving and permanent family of her own. Her caregivers describe her as friendly and empathetic, and she loves to care for and nurture the younger children at her orphanage, where she is the oldest child in care. Continue reading “Charleen Needs an Adoptive Family!”
Autumn is a sweet and sunny girl who loves to learn!
Her teachers describe her as smiley and well-behaved. Some of Autumn’s favorite activities include helping at home, family games and playing with her baby dolls. Autumn is very creative and enjoys drawing, crafts and puzzles. She is even learning to play the flute!
Autumn was originally adopted from China in 2014 and she currently resides in the United States. She has been through several transitions in her life and she needs and deserves a stable, loving family — the right family for her. The best fit for Autumn is a family that will make her feel safe and cared for. They should also have access to excellent educational and medical resources.
Social and joyful George is waiting for a permanent, loving adoptive family.
At 15 months old, he holds up his head, rolls over and holds objects and toys himself! He is not yet using language and communicates through smiles and facial expressions. He loves to play with his caregivers, who describe him as active, extroverted and always ready with a laugh, especially when he is tickled and teased. He enjoys being around other people and thrives when he is accompanied by someone he loves.
The best fit for George is a caring family that is open to his special needs, including Down syndrome, and that can provide him with the support and resources he will need as he grows up.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some adoption-related travel has been delayed. But the need for families is as great as it has ever been. If you are interested in adopting, don’t hesitate to request info or apply today!