In Cambodia, palm trees are used in all kinds of ways. The tall stalks act as landmarks, designating a family’s home and property. Its fruit is used to make delicious “fish amok” — a traditional Khmer dish featuring rich, creamy coconut curry. And when you pull apart the different strands of the palm leaf, you can bend and twist it upon itself to create the traditional craft of a rather lifelike locust.

Cambodians use palm trees for all kinds of good things.

But when palm leaves are used to thatch a family’s roof? This isn’t so good. Read More

The Crisis

A crisis is happening in Oregon. It’s a crisis that you probably won’t hear on the news. A crisis you may not even know about. A crisis that’s affecting children in your local community — children who attend your kids’ schools and live around your block.

Children in Oregon’s foster care system — and in foster care systems around the U.S. — are in desperate need of permanent, loving families.

Holt’s headquarters are in Eugene, Oregon, and when we learned about the foster care crisis happening right here in our home state, we knew we had to step up our efforts to advocate for these children — just as we have advocated for children around the world for over 60 years. Whether in Ethiopia, India, China or Oregon, there is no greater tragedy than a child losing their family. Our mission is to find permanent, loving families for children who truly need them.

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Since 2004, Holt child sponsors and donors have generously given a little extra during the holiday season to help children around the world receive extra special Christmas celebrations and gifts.

Because of those contributions, children enjoy a happy, healthy and warm holiday season, filled with nutritious food, special presents and celebrations with friends, family and caregivers. We recently received reports from our 2016 holiday celebrations around the world!

Last December, in Vietnam, 620 children received new clothes and ate a special meal. They cheered loudly when they saw the food set up for them, and enjoyed a special day of dancing and singing.

Special holiday performances for children and staff at a care center in Vietnam.

Sponsor-supported children in Vietnam show off their Christmas gifts.

Holt-Vietnam staff says:  “On behalf of the children, we would like to send our deep gratitude to Holt sponsors for your generous support, and invaluable gift to the kids to have a cheerful traditional holiday.”
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When children at an orphanage in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia learned about other children growing up in the city’s largest garbage dump, they felt more than compassion. They felt moved to act. 

Parents, you’ve probably been there.

You enter your child’s room and look down at what was once only carpet. Now, piled before you, are action figures, Barbie dolls, pieces from five different board games, dress-up clothes and school clothes, and about a million Legos.

After trying to decipher which toy piece goes with which toy, and inevitably stepping on a Lego or two in the process (ouch!), you decide that it’s time for some major spring-cleaning.

And, hopefully, a lesson in generosity to go with it.

You bring your preschooler into his or her room, and gently tell them that it’s time to pick out some toys and clothes to donate, maybe to a daycare, or a secondhand store, or a homeless shelter — for kids and families who need a little extra help.

Now, the question to your child: “What would you like to give away?”

The answer: Give away? Nothing … these are my toys and clothes.

Suddenly, that toy that hasn’t been played with in almost a year is now your child’s favorite toy, and he just can’t bring himself to part with that two-sizes-too-small T-shirt. This might be a tough process, but, hopefully, if it becomes a common practice, your youngster will begin to understand the significance of giving back, of not living in excess, and of how it feels to make someone’s day — and possibly life — a little brighter.

Still, it can be a hard sell asking a 3-year-old to give up his toys for the first time in his life. Generosity doesn’t always come easily.

But for a group of children at the Big Family Institute in Mongolia, it does come easily. Perhaps because life hasn’t. Read More

Carter needs a family! Learn more about adoption from Holt International.

Can you be the perfect family for Carter?

Carter* is an adorable almost-2-year-old who came into orphanage care when he was about 5 days old. He is a sweet little guy who gets along with the other children, smiles often and loves listening to music.

He is learning all kinds of new things like how to say “ma,” how to crawl around and how to stand with little support. These are some big accomplishments for Carter because he has cerebral palsy and mild anemia. His muscle tension is high in his legs, but normal in his arms. His caregivers are very impressed by the progress that he has been making recently!

Carter needs a family that can provide the medical care that will help him develop and reach his full potential!

Could you or someone you know be Carter’s permanent family? To learn more about Carter, take a look at his photolisting profile or contact Jessica Zeeb at jessicaz@holtinternational.org!

DOB: 5/25/2015 | China

*name changed