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.”
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05/05/2015 | NE Asia
Trenton* is an explorer. He is barely into the walking stage, but that doesn’t stop him from moving all around the house trying to find new and fun things to experience. He loves swimming around and splashing in the bathtub and keeps his foster family on their toes as they try to keep up with him. He gets along really well with his foster sister who spends lots of time playing toy cars with him.
Trenton came into Holt’s care shortly after birth. When he was about three months old, we placed Trenton with a foster family in whose nurturing care he still remains. Trenton has a few special needs. He was diagnosed with Congenital Infarction, which is accompanied by right side hemiparesis. Although he prefers his left hand to his right, through physical therapy he has been gaining strength and coordination in his right side. At 10 months, he was assessed at 8-11 months developmentally.
Although he is shy at first, Trenton quickly warms up and begins to laugh and smile. He is well loved by his foster family, but what he really needs is a permanent family that understands his medical needs and is ready to embrace him and help him explore all the new things that come with being part of a family.
Can you or someone you know be Trenton’s permanent family? To learn more about Trenton, please contact Kristen Henry at email@example.com.
In southern Ethiopia, in a town called Shinshicho, there is a special school where children from all over the region come to study. Some walk up to six miles every day just so they can learn there.
It is the only school for deaf children in a community of over 250,000 people — a community that also happens to have the highest rate of deafness in all of Ethiopia.
Six years ago, the deaf children of this region had no school to go to, no teachers to teach them, no knowledge of sign language — or even an awareness that a language existed for those who could not hear. Without a way to communicate with the outside world, they lived lives of loneliness and isolation — completely unable to express their intelligent thoughts and complex emotions even with their own families. They were barely recognized as human.
But when the Yesus Mena School for the Deaf opened in Shinshicho, suddenly a world of possibility also opened up for these children. Today, with the support of Holt sponsors like you, 395 students who are deaf or partially hearing are finally receiving the sign-language-based education they need and deserve.
The video above tells the story of one boy at Yesus Mena who, with the support of his sponsors, can finally share what he was holding inside, all along.
Thank you for all you do for your sponsored child. Wherever they live, whatever their struggle, your sponsorship has opened a world of possibility in their life.
For children living in the poorest districts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — the coldest capital city in the world — the elements alone make it difficult, sometimes impossible, to get to school.
And in most districts, schools are so overcrowded that classes take place in shifts, after which children must fend for themselves, with no safe or warm place nearby for them to go. This often leads to children engaging with dangerous life on the streets, and sometimes even getting separated from their families.
But with educational support from Holt sponsors, these children have a bright future.
Holt’s new afterschool program in Ulaanbaatar has a brand new library — and this library provides much more than books. Children get homework help, a hot meal and a warm, nurturing place to escape the cold. It’s not only a place to study, but a place where their curiosity and gifts can be realized.
This project is just the first of many afterschool programs we have planned as we work to reach many more children living in such difficult conditions in Mongolia. This library was opened with generous support from Holt donors, but we still need your help to fill it with more books, school supplies and other education essentials. With your gift today, you can help keep kids in school and off the streets of Ulaanbaatar.
Thank you for the light and warmth of your support. It makes all the difference for these children.
Thankful for your support,
Director of Korea and Mongolia programs
As a 15-year-old girl living in a slum community in India, Aasha felt unsure about herself and her future. But now, with educational support from sponsorship, her life is being transformed from the inside out.
Every day, 15-year-old Aasha* dreaded one part of her school day. As many girls her age in India had already dropped out — either because of early marriage or to help support their family — Aasha felt fortunate to even attend school in the first place. But there was still something that made her stomach drop and her cheeks redden… When her teacher asked her to read from her textbook in class.
Not because she forgot her textbook. And not because she couldn’t read from it. But because, you see, Aasha could not afford textbooks.
With help from Holt’s continuing education program, a young woman from a farming village in China enters her second year of graduate school in Beijing.
Farming or brown coal mining.
For children growing up in impoverished families in Shanxi province, China, these are the two main career options. After high school, the majority of girls abandon the idea of attending college, and instead marry and have children right away. Competition to enter college is especially fierce in China. If your grades and test scores aren’t good enough, and you come from an impoverished family, your chances of receiving an education are slim, if not impossible.
But for Rui, a bright young adult with an interest in science and math, not going to college was not an option. “Rui is a person of persistence, and fights for her own future,” Cathy Yu, Holt’s program manager for Shanxi province, says. Read More