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

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, 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

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, Read More

Ten years ago, long-time Holt partner Jolly Nyeko donated her land to build a school for the children of Masulita, Uganda. Most of the children had never before seen the inside of a classroom. Today, nearly 300 children attend Jolly Children’s Academy with the support of Holt sponsors. Jolly Nyeko has started many things, Read More

When Xiao Cai’s father died, she considered dropping out of school to help support her family. But when she heard about Holt sponsorship, she felt like her life was saved. In poor regions of China, many children face difficulties continuing their educations — especially in rural areas, where some experts estimate that 63% of, Read More

In India, a girl child begins her life with uncertainty about her very existence on this earth. Illegal practices like sex determination, foeticide and infanticide are not uncommon in Indian society. Even today, a woman in the lower urban middle class or in rural India is the last member of a household to eat, Read More

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, Read More

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, Read More

In Nanning, China, Holt sponsors support the education of over 2,000 children — children who would likely otherwise drop out of school early to find work in a factory, or worse, end up on the streets. Below, Holt’s China regional coordinator, Stephanie Raymond, shares about two sponsored children who she met on a recent trip to, Read More