kids in Santa hats hold cookies

Last year, child sponsors and donors gave children around the world incredible Christmas celebrations — filled with gifts, special meals, songs and laughter.

From the Philippines to Uganda, from India to Haiti and beyond, children were overjoyed with their celebrations and gifts. For children living in poverty or in an orphanage this is especially meaningful — because there are rarely enough resources for a celebration like this.

But every child deserves to celebrate! Thank you for making these special Christmas parties and gifts possible for children around the world every year. (And let’s do it again this year!)

Here’s what our staff and sponsorship partner organizations around the world had to say about last year’s parties:

Christmas in the Philippines

“The children and families prepared songs and dances and wore sparkly reindeer antlers and Santa hats. They laughed hysterically as they played silly games for raffle prizes. They ate fried chicken and spaghetti from Jollibee, a favorite bee-themed Filipino restaurant chain, and opened presents generously provided by Holt sponsors and donors — including new backpacks for all of the students.” — Holt staff in the Philippines

Sponsored students hold the presents they received at a Christmas party in the Philippines
A child and her mom at a Christmas party in the Philippines

Christmas in Colombia

Children at our partnership organization in Bogotá loved their Christmas celebration, provided by Holt sponsors!

Christmas in Uganda

“Children always look forward to Christmas due to the great fun it comes with. We share with the children the story about the birth of Jesus: the amazing gift from God. Children present songs and skits about the birth of Jesus Christ.” – Holt Uganda

Christmas in India

“Christmas was celebrated by organizing a wonderful party for the children. The school hall was decorated with colorful stars, bells and ribbons, a beautiful Christmas tree with lights and many gifts.” – Holt orphanage partner in India

Christmas in Haiti

“The children played, danced and took part in a talent show. They shared festive and yummy foods together, ate cakes and many of the children received Christmas cards from sponsors – a mark of kindness they cherish each year.” — Holt orphanage partner in Haiti

A toddler in a Santa hat holds a Christmas cookie

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