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OneSky (Half the Sky Foundation)

Rating: 4.99 stars   95 reviews 6,997

Address:

715 Hearst Avenue Suite 200 Berkeley CA 94710 USA

Mission:

OneSky believes in the vast potential hidden in our world’s most vulnerable children. We create and implement simple, replicable early learning programs that provide nurturing, responsive care, transforming the lives of thousands of at-risk children every day and ensuring that those most in need have a second chance at childhood.

Results:

We have directly transformed the lives of 126,000 orphaned and abandoned children and trained 13,000 caregivers. Our model has become China’s national standard for orphan care.

Programs:

OneSky operates Orphanage Model programs: Infant Nurture, Preschools and Family Villages. Its national training program is now integrating with China's own welfare training system to become the national standard for orphan care in China. OneSky's Infant Nurture Centers employ OneSky-trained nannies--retired or laid-off workers from the local community, to cuddle, love and provide babies (0-2 yrs) the physical and emotional stimulation essential to the normal development of the brain and psychological well-being. In OneSky's preschools, OneSky-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 (2-7yrs) 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. OneSky also provides 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 OneSky programs provide. In 2015 OneSky launched its Village Model to serve left-behind children 0-6 years old. It's programs include: Parenting skills and responsive care training, benefitting infants, toddlers, and their preschool-aged siblings, which is delivered to primary caregivers through group trainings at the OneSky Family Center and via weekly home visits. The focus is on providing nurturing care in daily life, with an emphasis on attachment and bonding, brain development and stimulation, and on fostering early communication. The establishment of an early learning center provided for all children in the village, ages 3-6, irrespective of the family’s ability to pay. The child-centered curriculum emphasizes using responsive care to improve cognitive, social, emotional development and school readiness. Community engagement geared toward strengthening now disintegrating rural communities and providing a nurturing home for young children despite parental absence by offering trainer-facilitated village gatherings, monthly community projects and cooperative childcare.

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Reviews for OneSky (Half the Sky Foundation)

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I can not overstate the impact that OneSky (Half the Sky) had on the lives of my two daughters, both adopted from China. During their first 18 months of life, lived at two different orphanages in two different provinces (Sichuan and Hunan), they both had the love, affection, and care of their "special nannies" from Half the Sky. We will forever be in their debt. They taught our daughters how to love, how to trust, and how to bond with a loving, caring adult.

I do not hesitate to say that our younger daughter may not have survived if it weren't for Half the Sky. She was born with a severe cleft lip and palate, and her orphanage struggled to feed her and keep her healthy. We know that if it weren't for her Half the Sky nanny, her chances of survival would have been minimal in such a poor orphanage in a small Chinese city.

We love OneSky, and we will forever be in their debt for the lives they gave our daughters before they became part of our family.

Laura Smith
Oak Park, IL

 
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Excellent nonprofit changing orphanages throughout China.

 
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Half the Sky is an awesome nonprofit, doing so much for so many children, as well as the adoptee community! I was a 2013 HTS/CCI adoptee trip volunteer, and will never forget the trip or connections I made.

 
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This summer I had the opportunity to volunteer in the China Care Home in Beijing for two weeks. I got to experience how the difference that Half the Sky makes. It was an amazing experience getting to know the kids at the China Care Home, and traveling and exploring the city with other adoptees on the trip that Half the Sky ran. Being adopted from China, the work that Half the Sky does, means a lot to me. I would encourage anyone to get involved in supporting their programs, or if you are a student to volunteer in China.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I am forever grateful to OneSky for giving me pictures of my daughter from the age of 7 months to 2 yrs, which noone else has been able to. Me and my family will forever cherish these photos from "Tiantians" time at ChangSha swi #1. To us your help was priceless... Thank you for your work for Chinas orphans.

 
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When we adopted our second daughter from China and I met her for the first time. She cried when we left her nanny. I came to understand that the orphanage she lived in was part of the Half the Sky (now One Sky) program. I am so grateful to them for showing the caregivers how to care for these children so they can grow to be kind, caring and loving adults. One Sky gave my daughter and continues to give the children from China a great start to life. Thank you so much for taking such good care of these beautiful children.

 
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I will be forever grateful to this organization for being in my daughter's orphanage at the Yibin City CWI. I know with all my heart that the love and care she was shown by the nannies there made her transition into our little family so easy. She was at the CWI until she was almost 4 and had several surgeries. I know that through it all she knew that someone was there taking care of her and tending to her needs. Showing her how to explore and learn and become. Teaching her how to be brave and strong and fierce. What I always tell people about her radiant personality is that she came that way. And she is that way because Half the Sky and its infant nuture program and preschool program was there when she needed it. We love love love the fact that we have a memory book of her life with lots of pictures. We had it translated and we like to go back over it now and again. We see the pictures of the ayis holding her and knowing she was well loved even before we had her. We are so proud of the young girl she is now....people are shocked when we tell them she was older when she came to us. She seems so "normal"....just like her friends. That's because the Half the Sky people showed her what it was to be loved and cherished. Thank you forever to Half the Sky...because of you my little girl leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.

 
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We brought home our little 13 month old girl, 9 months ago. She was and is the biggest little baby adopted in that travel group. She is healthy and happy and new how to laugh and play from the very first day. We give so much credit to half the sky and the work they do with the nannies and kids! We thank God for answering our prayers that she be loved on and cared for until we arrive. He did! And He used half the sky!

 
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Our son lived in his orphanage until age 4.5 and hisHalf the Sky experience added so much more education and life skills into,his little life. The impact also touched his self security, his confidence, his ability to accept love and to give love to others. Forever grateful for,the HTS foundation and the support they offer to orphanage staff and the vulnerable children!!

 
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We adopted 2 children from China. One had been in an orphanage with a Half the Sky program, the other was not. The differences between the two kids, and their adjustment to the adoption was dramatically different. Our daughter (HTS program) adjusted quickly, bonded quickly, and trusted quickly. We also have a baby book which means a lot to her. Our son (adopted second, no HTS program) had an extremely tough transition, and 3 years later we are still working fully gaining his trust. Half the Sky is making a real difference for the children in China, and in the future forever homes.

 
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We have adopted from China three different times. Our last adoption was of an almost 2 year old girl from an orphanage with HTS nannies. It was clear that she was so well taken care of and loved by her nanny. She was the most healthy child out of our three adoptions. She attached to us so much easier than we could have imagined because she was clearly attached to her caregivers and knew how to accept affection. The scrapbook we were given was an amazing gift. Her nanny had documented so much of her progress during her time in the program. There were 1 year hand print and foot prints and photos from a 1st birthday party for our little one. It's hard to think about your children being in an orphanage during those major life events, but it made my heart to happy to see that she was treated well before we arrived. Before we arrived to adopt she had started the HTS preschool program and she was speaking a lot of baby Mandarin in her animated little voice.

Having been through the adoption process twice before we could quickly see what a difference that HTS made in the life of our youngest child. We are so grateful that she was a part of the program during her time in the orphanage.

 
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