HALF THE SKY FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.99 stars   69 reviews 360

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, International

Location: 715 Hearst Avenue Suite 200 Berkeley CA 94710 USA

Mission: Half the Sky was created in order to enrich the lives and enhance the prospects for orphaned children in China. We establish and operate infant nurture and preschool programs, provide personalized learning for older children and offer loving permanent family care, medical care and guidance for children with disabilities. It is our goal to ensure that every orphaned child has a caring adult in her life and a chance at a bright future.
Programs: Half the Sky operates 5 major programs: Infant Nurture, Little Sisters, Youth Services, Family Villages, and the China Care Home. At the end of 2007, Half the Sky, at the invitation of the Chinese Government, launched an initiative to introduce its model to every province in China, creating 31 model children's centers and a national training program. That national training program is now integrating with China's own welfare training system to become the national standard for orphan care in China. Half the Sky's Infant Nurture Centers employ HTS-trained nannies--retired or laid-off workers from the local community, to cuddle, love and provide orphaned babies (0-18mos) the physical and emotional stimulation essential to the normal development of the brain and psychological well-being.  In HTS Little Sisters Preschools, HTS-trained teachers use a unique and progressive curriculum that blends principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education with contemporary Chinese teaching methods. The program is designed not only to prepare the children (18mos-7yrs) to succeed in Chinese schools, but also to help develop the 'whole child', to help her attain the positive sense of self so often missing in institutionalized children.  The Youth Services Program provides individualized learning opportunities for older children (8-21yrs) who remain in the orphanages. HTS tailors each program to the specific child, offering such services as tutoring prior to entrance exams, tuition to vocational school, funds for music, dance, computer or art classes, and tutors for learning a second language. HTS also provides school fees for a growing number of orphans to attend universities throughout China and, through a special program, tuitions and permanent foster care for youth orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  HTS Family Villages provide permanent foster families for disabled orphans on or adjacent to orphanage grounds. This project enables children who will never be adopted to grow up knowing the love of a family while also receiving the support services that the welfare institution and HTS programs provide. In addition, HTS operates, in partnership with the Chinese government, special programs for children orphaned by AIDS and also consults with the government to help establish national guidelines for orphan care in China.  The China Care Home provides medical treatment and nurturing after-care for medically fragile orphaned infants. Whether receiving 24-hour loving attention in the Beijing Special Care Nursery or its adjacent Medical Family Care Unit or in-hospital watched over by a doting, trained nanny, tiny children fighting for their lives are never again alone in the world.
 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have served as the president of a China Care Club and have also had the opportunity to visit the China Care Home in Beijing, and it never ceases to amaze me just how much HTS and China Care do. I've seen how HTS's cause has inspired other college students to volunteer at our fundraising events to make a difference in a child's life. It is truly a testament to the excellent work that HTS does to see how our club has grown and garnered support from the student body and the community at large. Personally, after being active in a China Care Club for 4 years, I can honestly say it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career, and I hope to continue my involvement with HTS and China Care even after I graduate.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a student working with a student organization that is directly tied to Half the Sky, I have had the chance to see exactly what Half the Sky has done not only for the children overseas in China, but also for all of the students involved over here. Half the Sky provides top quality care for orphans while empowering students to make a change in the world and to give them a chance to explore their leadership skills while supporting a worthy cause. I had the chance to meet several Half the Sky employees over the summer while I volunteered at one of the homes affiliated with HTS in China as well as at a national conference in Boston, and every single person I talked to firmly believed in HTS's cause. Each and every employee was very friendly and enthusiastic, which I think speaks to the quality and value of the organization. Half the Sky connects students with HTS professionals and children to create an international network of support and care for the orphans in need.

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was on a work crew with HTS back in 2002. It was an experience that changed my life. I was able to help build a preschool and infant nurture room in an orphanage with very limited resources, and watch as local people were trained as caregivers. I also was privileged to be able to participate in daily life at the institution, which was so important to me because my daughter's first home was very similar. Now I'm a volunteer editor, and I will keep looking for ways to support this great organization.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began helping with our high school China Care club my freshman year and was given the opportunity to lead it as president this year. I've been really grateful to be able to help lead fundraising events, and get people at my school involved with the club. Half the Sky has been great to work with, and I really appreciate how we can decide how to run our school club and our fundraisers ourselves, but also still have support and advice available from the foundation if we have any questions. Everyone from Half the Sky has been extremely helpful and kind, which makes leading the club very enjoyable and less stressful. Also I really like how we are able to direct our funds to specific causes that our club can choose, which makes donating more personal. Thank you for helping us see how we can make a difference!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Half the Sky has been incredibly supportive and helpful throughout my years as a China Care Club member (especially during my last three years as a board member).

Not only are they efficient and prompt in sending us updates (such as donor reports and status of children in the China Care Home) and opportunities to volunteer and network with other clubs (more than I could take advantage of, unfortunately), they also answered any questions we had & provided fundraising and member integration ideas.

As an organization itself, Half the Sky's mission is amazing; they give children a second chance via surgeries and pre/post-care.

As a graduating senior with four years of China Care under my belt, I would just like to say thank you Half the Sky for all you have done for me and UCLA's China Care chapter!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a student leader of one of Half the Sky Foundation's China Care Club college chapter and a student who went on one of the first adoptee travel group programs, I am truly inspired by the work Half the Sky does for the orphans in China. Not only has the infant and preschool programs, the China Care home for children with medical needs, the teen program and foster homes for students with sever disabilities provide the loving care, emotional support and preparation for the future, but Half the Sky is training caregivers from all over China's orphanages to help give more children the love and care they need!
Another amazing part of what Half the Sky does is provide ways for students in high schools or colleges to make a difference and raise awareness about what is going on in China's orphanages today. Half the Sky provides amazing support to help the student run organizations be as successful as possible and continue to give back to such an amazing organization!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a parent of a child adopted from China, I am grateful for the Half the Sky (HTS) program and for the nurturing and facility support that this organization provides to the children at Child Welfare Institutes. In 2006 I had the good fortune to be accepted as a volunteer to work at a HTS sponsored project in China. I witnessed, first-hand, the wonderful work being done in nanny training and in providing physical amenities. Now, as a volunteer editor and as a donor, I encourage others to join in assisting HTS to continue the great work being done for the children in China's welfare Institutes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so honored to be one of the editors who helps with Half the Sky's update reports on their children. It is so apparent how much care and attention goes into writing the reports - the caregivers certainly do their best to ensure the child makes progress and document it well. I have seen it mentioned several times by adoptive parents that when they hear their child is in a place where Half the Sky is present, they feel relieved that their little one is in good hands until they can travel to get him/her themselves. I am so grateful for the work this organization does - they are shining light in the world!

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Definitely

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A lot

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The need for orphan child care in China is tremendous. Half the Sky is an extremely responsive and attentive to the true needs of this situation. They promote helping people learn to give these babies what they need, so they train teachers and caregivers IN CHINA. This is an astounding feat in itself!
In my volunteer role as a report editor, I read first-hand what these teachers go through with the young children. Half the Sky is an amazing organization!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two years ago, I founded a China Care Club at my high school. My club supports the tremendous efforts of Half the Sky by raising money and awareness for medically fragile Chinese orphans. However, the two summers I have spent at the China Care Home in Beijing, a Half the Sky program, have embedded into my core a deep desire to give more than my love or money. Half the Sky inspires me to do more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered to be an editor for Half the Sky Foundation over the past few years. This organization's staff and other volunteers are always professional and efficient. I will continue to volunteer for HTS. Great work you are doing there.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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2014

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