From the President: The Education Issue

A message from Holt’s president and CEO.


All around the world, children in sponsor-supported programs have returned to school.

And in Ethiopia, 395 of the Holt-sponsored children who are returning to school this year are students at the Yesus Mena School for the Deaf. Here, students who are deaf or have partial hearing are finally receiving the sign language-based education they need to express their thoughts and emotions. You can read more about the children at this sponsor-supported school in our feature story. Some are attending preschool in the Philippines and Vietnam. Some are girls in India or Uganda who might otherwise be on a path to early marriage. While some are children in places like Thailand and Cambodia where an education will empower them with the confidence and knowledge to protect themselves from child trafficking.

No matter their age, country or circumstances, the children in Holt-supported programs are receiving a quality education because of the generosity of Holt child sponsors — because of you! With your help, children in our programs around the world are receiving the textbooks, supplies, uniforms and school fees that they need to succeed — and that are often required for them to even enter a classroom. If you sponsor a child who is not yet school age, your generosity and kindness is also empowering them with the love, support and enrichment they need to one day succeed in school.

Proverbs 22:6 says: “Start children off on the way that they should go, and even when they are old, they will not depart from it.” We thank you for being such an important part of these children’s journey through learning and life, and for helping to ensure that they have the tools they need to grow into intelligent, compassionate and healthy adults who will go on to teach others what you have helped them to learn.

We pray this school year proves to be the best one yet for children in sponsorship everywhere!


Phil Littleton President & CEO


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