Recent updates from Holt-supported family strengthening and orphan care programs around the world!
Our new foster care program in Phnom Penh placed the first child into foster care in late April. After being found abandoned at a hospital in Phnom Penh, the child’s case was referred to Holt Cambodia — which led to them now living safely in family-based care.
Two staff in China attended the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children’s (CCFAC) annual meeting, where our work received the “Outstanding Contribution” award. Our programs in Meheikou, Huinan and Menyuan were selected as national model counties for the protection of minors by the State Council Leading Group for the Protection of Minors.
Construction of an early childhood care and development classroom in Soda was successfully completed, including the establishment of a potable water point, and segregated bathrooms for the boys and girls. This new preschool will provide critical early education to more than 200 children.
A total of 751 children received medical screening, including 125 children ages 0-5. In addition to the health screenings, all children received nutrition and hygiene training, HIV/AIDS screening, deworming meds and all children under 5 received Vitamin A supplements. Children identified with vision vision impairment, skin infections, and nutrition-related issues will receive follow-up care.
In Pune in the surround areas, staff at our partner organization BSSK received a 4-day library training.
Renovation has begun on a building that will become a service and activity center for children with special needs. When completed, this facility will serve as the central provider of services and support to children and their families in the Tuv Province of Mongolia. This project is being conducted in cooperation with the provincial government of this rural and largely underserved region. Project completion is scheduled for July 2023.
KBF received another award from one of its partner organizations, International Justice Mission (IJM). KBF is one of its partners in the promotion and advocacy of the Better Network of Care to Survivors of Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. The citation was received by KBF’s executive director, Ms. Glady Bunao.
Holt Children’s Services (HCS) took part in a conference on intercountry adoption held by the National Assembly in Korea. Titled “The Truth Beyond Distorted Perception of Intercountry Adoption in the Korean Society,” presenters from various disciplines provided information to help dispel misconceptions regarding intercountry adoption. Director General Son from HCS and Steve Morrison from Mission to Promote Adoption of Kids (MPAK) were among the presenters. Holt International president and CEO, Dan Smith, as well as several current Holt International adoptee board members also participated in the event.
Twenty-two parents participated in Holt Sahathai Foundation’s “Smart Mum Workshop” to create acceptance towards different roles and responsibilities as a father and mother. The workshop aimed to build self-confidence for both children and parents, including an opportunity to review their strengths and weaknesses.
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