DJ You started her career working with families and children in 2000 as a social worker for Holt Children’s Services of Korea, a separate but closely tied organization to Holt International . Recently, she accepted a position as Holt Korea’s outreach program director after serving as a social worker in Seoul for the last, Read More

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Through one of our newest partnerships in Mongolia, Holt — and Holt supporters — are helping to bring shelter, stability and safety to 54 children, and their mothers, who are living in Ulaanbaatar’s largest domestic violence shelter.  It’s late afternoon, her children just came home from school, and Sarnai* knows this is her chance. She, Read More

In September, Holt President and CEO Phil Littleton spent two weeks visiting Holt projects in China and Mongolia. “The work we are doing exceeded my expectations,” Phil said. “It was extraordinary.”   MONGOLIA: Below Phil visits the Rainbow Special Baby Care Unit within a state-run infant and toddler orphanage in Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar., Read More

After a stroke left her paralyzed, one single mother in Mongolia considered taking her own life. But empowered by the support of Holt sponsors, she regained hope — and her children regained the courageous woman they call mom. The year 2010 was an especially brutal year in Mongolia. A devastating summer drought followed by, Read More

Reading can take children anywhere. In the pages of a book, they can travel the world and take part in a grand adventure. Even better, reading can take a child places in their real life, too. Today is International Literacy Day, a day when we celebrate and promote the importance of literacy. Even today,, Read More

-40 degrees Fahrenheit. A cardboard-walled house. Layers of ice, soot and snow on the ground. Miles to walk to school. 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. Help children stay, Read More

In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Holt strives to meet the changing needs of 15-year-old Batbayar, a boy with cerebral palsy who is growing too big — and too smart — for his environment.  When I meet Batbayar*, he sits over a lunch of mutton stew, flipping through the latest fall catalog of a local department store., Read More

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. – Albert Einstein In my travels for Holt’s child nutrition program (CNP), I occasionally have the happy coincidence of being able to visit other, non-CNP-related Holt programs. Recently, when, Read More

In the areas where Holt has programs in Mongolia, access to books and educational opportunities is very limited for children. Schools are filled beyond capacity — forcing children to attend in shifts. And with few after-school activities, children often spend their afternoons playing in the streets. To help give children a more safe and constructive place to spend, Read More

It’s only October. So why are we blogging about Christmas? Because in order to create an incredible Christmas for every orphaned and vulnerable child we serve, we need you now. This year, let’s create something truly magical for children. Miraculous, even. So many of the children in Holt’s programs have experienced so much pain, Read More