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HALF THE SKY FOUNDATION
November 15, 2012

My wife Linda and I first met the founding members of Half the Sky in Berkeley CA in 2003 when Linda responded to a classified ad HTS had put out soliciting the services of a graphic designer. At the time we were new parents of a baby girl adopted from China. Having seen a Chinese Social Welfare Institute (orphanage) first hand as part of our adoption journey, we were immediately drawn to the vision and the work that Half the Sky was doing in China to improve the lives of the countless children who were growing up in the non-nurturing institutional environment that characterized most of the SWI's across China. We volunteered our time to support HTS's Berkeley office, and became annual donors to support the foundation's wonderful work. We continue to do so to this day, and I'm particularly proud to have played a supporting role in two annual fundraisers in Los Angeles where we currently reside. In the 10 years that Linda and I have been supporting HTS we have always been impressed with the growing scope of the foundation's work, as it eventually extended beyond the nurturing programs they set up in numerous SWI's throughout China to encompass the establishment of AIDS Villages, fostering programs, and in recent years the merger with China Cares, an organization that funds and arranges critical surgeries required by infants and young children in desperate need of medical intervention. Half the Sky now nourishes the lives of thousands of children thru its programs in the SWI's, and through China Cares they literally saves the lives of others. We are dedicated to supporting Half the Sky for as long as the work is required to improve the lives of China's disadvantaged children.

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