HALF THE SKY FOUNDATION Overview
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.
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.
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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 ... more »
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... more »
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, ... more »