Our Holt Haiti team took a moment to say thank you to Holt sponsors who support children in Haiti. As Haiti faces ongoing turmoil and political instability, our team wants child sponsors to know that their support is a lifeline for vulnerable children and families!
On behalf of the thousands of Haitian children in Holt sponsorship, we want to extend a sincere thank you. We express our deepest gratitude from the entire Holt Haiti Team, privileged witnesses of the many miracles your good deeds have made possible.
With the birth of a new year, we want you to rejoice in knowing that your generous contributions have helped to conduct the following humanitarian activities: strengthening Holt education programs by providing teacher training sessions; equipping and opening a school community library; donations of reading books and directed reading sessions in five elementary schools; offering a breakfast during school days to 1,000 children; medical screening of over 1,000 children with lab testing and donations of medications; a women’s empowerment program with a no-interest loan for revenue-generating activities; and sessions of child protection training for teachers and caregivers from 752 orphanages registered by the Haitian state regulatory institution.
Without you, we would not have been able to implement and succeed in these valuable activities of children’s health, nutrition and education as well as family preservation, which are at the center of Holt‘s mission around the world.
For years, Haiti has faced ongoing political instability, but the most recent events have led to periodic country lockdowns, paralyzing all sectors of community life. This situation has worsened over the past two years with a persistent crisis of insecurity and violence where numerous men, women and children have been kidnapped for ransoms or killed. Repeated fuel shortages and high rates of inflation have contributed to the total collapse of an already weak economy.
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Despite the challenges listed above, we were able to achieve our goals for the year and also have unexpected successes that we want to share with you:
- Children sheltered at a state transition center for children abused or deprived of parental supervision have learned to read, write and develop math skills.
- Hundreds of victims of the earthquake in the South of Haiti have been accompanied on their way to recovery.
- Dozens of professionals working in institutional child care settings have been trained on children’s rights and protection, making them able to get the state accreditation and provide better services to the children entrusted to their care.
- With your financial and emotional contributions, the children we serve have known many moments of happiness, even with the context they live in. They have felt love and care when they open Holt Christmas and birthday cards. They have beaming smiles when they have a chance to share for the first time a cake on their birthdays, or when they are handed brand new books for school.
Thank you from the Holt Haiti team to all our child sponsors! Without you, we could not have made it. You have found in your heart the desire to help His most vulnerable and needy children. Thanks to you, hundreds of children in Haiti continue to live and blossom, just like their peers around the world. It may not be easy in the coming year, but we hope you never stop thinking about and showing love to the children of Haiti.
Country Representative, Holt International Children’s Services, Haiti
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