Despite significant progress, India today remains home to more than 270 million people who are living below the poverty line. More children in India suffer from malnutrition than in any other country, and India has one of the highest rates of out-of-school children in the world — the vast majority of them girls. With few social services and poor access to medical care — as well as a deeply entrenched stigma against unwed motherhood — many parents and single mothers living in poverty feel they have no other recourse but to relinquish their children to orphanage care. Working alongside our local partners, Holt works to ensure every child we serve together with you in India has what they need to grow and thrive in a loving family.
with Holt family strengthening programs
with Holt orphan care programs
from which children can join families through adoption
In three states in India — Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka — Holt sponsors and donors provide the vital support that vulnerable children living with their families need to stay in school, grow healthy and strong, and ultimately escape the cycle of poverty. As girls in India are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and gender-based discrimination, many of our programs focus on empowering and educating young women and girls.
Since the late 1970s, Holt has worked alongside local partners in India to ensure the health and wellbeing of children living outside of family care. Our efforts helped to reduce infant mortality rates, pioneer foster care as a more nurturing alternative to orphanage care, and unite children with loving adoptive families. Today, with the support of sponsors and donors, children living in our partnering orphanages in India receive the highest quality care while they wait to rejoin their families or join an adoptive family in India or the U.S.
India is a developing country with rapidly growing avenues of economic and social development, yet many underprivileged families still struggle to make their ends meet. Children are most affected by different facets of poverty and inequalities. Since the 1970s, our wide-ranging programs in India have advocated for preserving children in their birth families and finding loving, caring families for abandoned and orphaned children. In partnership with local organizations and the government of India, Holt has been one of the pioneers of quality institutional and foster care until children find a permanent family. With our commitment to preserving families, quality education, health and nutrition, services are provided to children from underprivileged families to help them reach their fullest potential and to equip them with resources that may enable them to break the circle of poverty. Although domestic adoptions have been on the rise in India, many children — especially older children and children with medical and developmental conditions — are still waiting in child caring agencies. Our program is dedicated to finding families for waiting children in India and in the U.S.
There are so many ways for you to advocate for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children in India!