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.”
In the days leading up to your birthday, and especially on the actual day, it’s so exciting to check your mailbox and find an outpouring of cards from the people you love. Whether form your parents, siblings, grandparents or dear friends, their words make you feel warm, fuzzy and cared for. They remembered your special day!
It’s just the same for your sponsored child.
On June 1, the International Day of the Child, your sponsored child will celebrate with a party, special treats and a gift — and maybe even a personalized birthday card from you!
But the deadline to send your card is fast approaching! So right now, find the birthday card we sent you in the mail, have fun filling it out with the whole family and get it in the mail!
Your sponsored child will be overjoyed to receive a card from you and know that you love and care for them from afar.
Also, don’t forget to give now to help us throw the best birthday celebration ever for your sponsored child!
Thank you for your generous commitment to your sponsored child.
A vaccine shot only hurts for a second, but its positive effect is felt for a lifetime.
This week is World Immunization Week, a time to recognize and celebrate how vaccines have prevented thousands of children from suffering or dying from diseases like polio, meningitis and yellow fever. But the fight is not over. Today, many children around the world still do not receive the immunizations that could save their lives.
In fact, Ethiopia, India, Uganda and the Philippines — countries where Holt works — have some of the highest rates of unvaccinated children. And when children first enter into Holt’s care centers or family strengthening programs, they are in need of this lifesaving service.
But for just $25, you can help.
When you give the gift of lifesaving vaccines, you protect a child’s life.
Share about World Immunization Week on social media and encourage your friends to give the gift of health to a child in need.
Repair a house. Build hope.
In honor of the women who made your house a home.
A house is four walls and a roof. What makes a house a home is the love shared between family. It’s snuggles before bed and laughter over a meal. It’s the memories of holidays together or a child’s first steps.
But for a family living in extreme poverty, a house can be a place of despair.
Leaky roofs make children vulnerable to disease. Inadequate walls leave families shivering in the cold. For struggling families, the cost to make even the most basic repairs is often out of reach. Some families in Holt’s programs save for five-to-ten years just to afford the tin for a new roof.
This Mother’s Day, give a family in need the gift of home repairs or a new roof, in honor of your mom, wife or sister. This is a heartfelt way to remind the women you love how instrumental they were in making your house a home. We’ll send your recipient a free, beautiful card by May 8, letting them know what life-changing gift you gave in their honor!
The family who receives a new roof or critical home repairs will be overjoyed by your kindness and generosity.
With a safe, healthy place to live, families grow stronger, more stable and happier, too. And strong, healthy families raise happy, healthy kids!
In the United States, children traditionally eat birthday cake. In India, children wear special birthday clothes. In Vietnam, birthdays are celebrated on New Years. While in the Philippines, birthdays are celebrated with piñatas and sweets.
But for an orphaned or vulnerable child living in a care center or impoverished household, it matters not how or when a birthday is celebrated. What matters is that the child feels acknowledged and special. Many families in our programs can’t afford to celebrate their children’s birthdays, and many orphaned children don’t even know when their birthday is.
But on June 1st — the International Day of the Child — we strive to ensure that all of the children in our programs around the world feel extra special by hosting birthday parties in their honor!
A $25 gift will cover party expenses for your sponsored child. And every $25 you give above and beyond that will help to cover the cost of parties, gifts, a special meal and more for a child who doesn’t have a sponsor!
Here’s what our staff in Vietnam had to say about last year’s birthday festivities: “At the party, children enjoyed their toys and had the chance to experience new and interesting things with friends at the playground. They loved the delicious meal of special food that they would not normally have.”
Donations helped make this party possible! And this year, we hope that we will be able to give the children in our programs the most special birthday party ever!
With your help, we know we can!
This year, as Holt celebrates our 60th anniversary of serving children and families, Holt President and CEO Phil Littleton reflects on the many ways that Holt has grown and changed in the six decades since the first children came home through international adoption.
In a series of three blog posts, Phil explores Holt’s gradual shift from serving children primarily through adoption to serving tens of thousands more children every year through family strengthening and preservation programs; how Holt’s pre- and post-adoption services for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive families have grown to become one of the cornerstones of our organization; and how our commitment to supporting policies and initiatives that put children first has helped improve child welfare standards and adoptee rights in the United States and around the world. Click below to read all three posts.
Uplifting Children, Strengthening Families
Today, Holt serves tens of thousands more children every year through family strengthening and preservation programs than any other program — enabling children to grow and thrive in the loving care of their birth families. READ MORE.
The Growth of Post-Adoption Services
Holt’s post-adoption services department continues to assist more and more adoptees and parents every year — serving more than 3,680 adoptees, birth parents and families in 2015 alone. READ MORE.
Political Advocacy Remains Cornerstone
In the 60 years since Harry and Bertha Holt championed legislation that helped them adopt eight children from Korea, political advocacy has remained a cornerstone of Holt’s work. READ MORE.