On this blog, we share stories and updates about our work around the world. With reporting from Holt staff in the U.S. and overseas as well as contributions from adoptive parents, adoptees, sponsors and supporters, we strive to represent the heart, life and experiences of our extended “Holt Family.”
Holt ambassador Wendy Reeves shares about Brady, a boy she met while visiting a Holt-supported group home for children with HIV in China. Soon, Brady will turn 14 and become ineligible for international adoption. Please share his story to help us find him the loving, permanent family he deserves!
Date of Birth: 5/30/04
I met Brady* on a trip I took to China with Holt International, along with several other children who are HIV-positive. What I knew about HIV could fit in a paragraph, as well as what I knew about Brady before meeting him. I was blessed to be able to take this trip, which gave me the opportunity to learn about HIV as well as learn about these great kids.
Brady is a healthy, well-adjusted, active and inspiring young man. He loves to play sports, go to school and help others with chores and responsibilities. He participates with the other kids and is comfortable with adults and in social interactions. And he is helpful without being asked and is absolutely willing to help others when in need.
His early childhood experiences have added to his maturity and thoughtful attitude. He has a great sense of humor and his smile lights up his face. His energy is boundless but not uncontainable. And through his ardent desire to learn, he strives to grow to his full potential.
Opportunity. That is what he is waiting for. He is waiting for a family who accepts him for who he is while encouraging him to become all that he can. He wants a chance to have a future beyond the borders of a group home. He is a person who lives WITH HIV and not just a person who HAS HIV. The stigma of HIV is just that. A stigma. With the proper medications, proper education and proper healthcare, people with HIV can lead normal, healthy lives — and so can Brady.
Brady would be a great fit for any family. He has my heart and I am a better person for having met him. He inspires me to not give up when times get tough or when life seems hopeless.
We need to find him a family soon, because when he turns 14 he will age out of the system and his opportunity to be adopted will be gone.
Could you, or someone you know, be Brady’s permanent, loving family? Contact Jessica Zeeb at email@example.com for more information about Brady and the eligibility requirements for adopting him.
Around the world, education is one of the most effective ways to help children and families escape long-term poverty. But in the countries where Holt works in SE Asia, this basic right of children is not easily obtained.
In impoverished communities across SE Asia, parents often let their children drop out of school to enter the labor workforce at very early ages. But high dropout rates, lack of education and poverty are all primary factors contributing to child trafficking.
Children as young as 12 who drop out of school have become easy targets for traffickers who recruit them with the promise of job placements in big cities. Sometimes, they end up in very harsh working conditions. Others are trafficked for far worse reasons.
Preschools or daycare for children ages 3-5 are also not available in many rural areas in SE Asia — resulting in delayed social, language and academic development. In some countries, the frequent migration of parents to seek jobs in big cities has resulted in children not having access to preschools. Many parents simply can’t afford to send their children to preschool, or do not understand how education impacts the development of their children prior to Grade 1.
But by giving the gift of school supplies, books and uniforms, you can help children continue their education and empower them to pursue their dreams. In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, you can also help reduce the risk of abuse and child labor.
Without your help and partnership, Holt could never reach so many lives in SE Asia and the many other countries where we work. Thank you for being part of a big cause serving children and families around the world!
Thoa Bui | Senior Executive of South & Southeast Asia Programs
Education is the single most effective weapon against poverty. When children are educated, they are empowered to transform not just their own lives — but to break the cycle of poverty in their families and communities.
But around the world, children face tremendous obstacles to their education and the sad truth is that millions of school-aged children are not in school.
School provides critical protections for children in developing countries, keeping them safe from traffickers, exploitation, forced child labor, child marriage, and empowers them to overcome staggering illiteracy rates in their communities.
Our job is to remove every hurdle until the path to a long, full education is so simple and so smooth, it’s the only choice for children.
That’s why today, we are asking you to donate $25 to provide school supplies, a uniform, books and other materials to one child in Holt’s education programs.
Myles* is an active 14-month-old boy who is waiting for a permanent, loving family. This sweet boy was born full term, weighing 3.02 kg (6.65 lbs.). He’s been diagnosed with — and currently being treated for — congenital adrenal hyperplasia and plagiocephaly. His congenital adrenal hyperplasia is well controlled with daily medication. Myles is also receiving helmet therapy for plagiocephaly, which is reportedly improving. Developmentally, he walks alone, crawls and sits without support.
He likes to play ball and peek-a-boo. He babbles some words like “momma”, “umma”, and “appa”, but he is learning how to speak. He understands simple words, and can wave hello and goodbye. At 14 months old, he is assessed at over 11 months developmentally and 14-16 months in gross motor skills. Myles enjoys taking baths, splashing water, going out with his foster mother and playing “clap-it and grab-it.” He has a good appetite and loves bananas, cookies, soft bread, cheese and yogurt. Read More
After her trip to Korea, adoptee Megan Green felt compelled to write a letter to her birth mother. This is what she said.
Dear Birth Mother,
The last two weeks have been the best two weeks of my life thus far. I have been blessed to be part of the 2016 Korea motherland family tour through Holt International.
The conclusion of the tour compelled me to write you a letter. I have written you many letters before, but now as I reflect back on them they all seem cold and distant — something I would write to a stranger. This letter is different than the others in that it is one of gratitude, empathy and understanding.
As you already know, I came into your life on February 21, 1984 at about 3:26 p.m. I was about 2 months and 21 days premature, I weighed a little over two pounds and I was born with cerebral palsy.