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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, International, International Relief, Preschools, Youth Development Programs

Mission: OneSky teaches communities and caregivers to provide nurturing responsive care and early education that unlocks the vast potential hidden in our world's most vulnerable young children.

Results: To date, OneSky has trained thousands of caregivers to provide life-changing care that has directly impacted the lives of nearly 170,000 at-risk children and indirectly, millions.

Programs: Founded in 1998 to provide care for institutionalized children in China, OneSky is now working toward large-scale, practical application of its innovative yet proven early childhood intervention models in multiple developing countries. OneSky's early intervention models address the needs of at-risk children in a variety of circumstances, including China's "economic orphans" whose parents leave their impoverished villages to find jobs in faraway cities and Vietnam's children of factory workers whose parents cannot find quality daycare during their long hours at work.

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128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Laura304

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 SmithOak Park, IL

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported OneSky since the very beginning 20 years ago when they were named Half the Sky. They work inside China with orphaned, developmentally disabled, and children left behind in villages. They bring hope and training to nannies and parents. They have almost singlehandedly changed the orphanage system from one of hopeless, listless babies laying in cribs, to one of joyful, bright children interacting with caregivers. They have been incredibly successful inside China due to their patient and respectful work within the Chinese system. The founder, Jenny Bowen, was even given the honor of carrying the torch during the Beijing Olympics. That says it all.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporting OneSky for almost 20 years. This organization has been incredibly successful in impacting the lives of orphaned children. They have earned the respect and trust of the Chinese government. They have trained thousands of nannies and caretakers. They have established preschools and programs for teens. They continue to expand upon their goal of making sure every child knows the love and care of a family. I've watched them grow from an organization of one woman's vision to a multi-country organization working closely with international governments. Their techniques work and thousands of children are now productive young adults as a result.

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Donor

Rating: 5

OneSky is an amazing organization that has impacted countless lives. Every child deserves love and attention, and I fully support OneSky's mission in providing more quality love and care to children in need of it across Asia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't even know where to begin.
This is truly an amazing organization and I have seen first hand the outstanding work this group has done for China's children. I had the privilege to work alongside an amazing passionate team of Onesky employees and adoptee volunteers this past summer. For anyone who wants to learn more about the organization you MUST read Wish You Happy Forever by the founder and former CEO: Jenny Bowen. I have learned so much from this experience and it has made me realize how important and impactful community collaboration can be.
I can not wait to see what is in store for Onesky in the future.
This organization has been a key player in China's changing child welfare system and they deserve the world.

Lots of love,
Jenna

Michelle V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OneSky is one of my favorite non-profit organizations because of the mission it serves. I truly believe there is nothing more important than our children and giving them the proper care they deserve. I took part in the Student Volunteer Trip to Beijing in the summer of 2017 and it was one of the greatest experiences in my life. In Beijing, I got to visit the Chunhui China Care Home and volunteer to help take care of the abandoned infants and children with congenital diseases who needed physical nourishment. Currently, as the Financial Director of China Care Bruins at UCLA, I work to create fundraisers that raise money to sponsor two children at OneSky and in the future years, I only hope to give back even more to the children in China and Vietnam. Thanks for all the work that you do, OneSky!

Jenna D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit organization. I went on their adoptee trip this past summer (2018) and fell in love. The organization really focuses on children all over Asia. I think they are really making an impact on the lives of the children in the orphanages. They are giving them hope, care, love, and the help they need to prosper in this tough world. Having first-hand experience with them and China Care International, I really believe they are doing good for all the orphans and the end goal is for the children.

Sadie Jo Li L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about OneSky when I joined China Care Bruins at UCLA. China Care Bruins focusses on mentoring young adoptees from China around southern California and fundraising to donate to OneSky. I joined due to my interest in adoption and special connection to being an adoptee myself. It was through these connections that I learned about how wonderful of an organization OneSky truly is. The donations that China Care Bruins made was proven worthwhile as we received updates about two beautiful children under the care of OneSky's programs which we supported. It is amazing to see the impact that our contribution made and it inspired me to see in person how OneSky's programs affected the children in China. Thus, I went on the OneSky Adoptee Volunteer trip in July 2018 and was astounded by the overwhelming amount of love and care that everyone working at OneSky's Chunhui Medical Care Home and the main Beijing office exuded. Since OneSky works specifically with structuring support programs for children in China, it was very important for me to see the people involved in making it possible were indeed kind and dedicated. OneSky has brought me back to where my life began and inspires me to help be a part of an amazing mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long-time supporter/donor. Thier mission has always taken the well being of children a top priority. Onesky empowers poor and neglected children with love and education. Five star!

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donating to One Sky for over ten years and had the opportunity to visit one of their programs in Beijing this year. The environment, level of care and loved shared was heart-warming. What an amazing organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We absolutely adore One Sky and will be forever grateful for the influence they have had in our son's life. Their programs are top notch, bold, impactful, and innovative. We hope more children and families will have the opportunity to be touched by this wonderful organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family will forever be grateful for One Sky and the care our son received in their orphanage foster home. Our hope is more children worldwide will have the blessing of being cared for through One Sky.

Mary G.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have bought two life changing books because of one sky and can only dream that all of these children get the families they need. All the stories are inspiring, so many blessings have come true because of one sky! I hope they will always he able to make such a difference in children’s lives!! They are so inspiring!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported this charity for almost 15 years. The work they do is amazing. My two daughters were adopted from China and both benefitted from the programs One Sky had instituted in their respective orphanages.

Connie Veldman J.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporters of HTS for over ten years. We had the joy of meeting Jenny Bowen, an angel on this earth. She has moved mountains for orphans and continues to be driven to help the least fortunate children. This is one of the very best charities we have been associated with.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ever since we came home from China with our daughter, we knew we wanted to do more to help all the kids left behind. Half the Sky (and now One Sky) have provided wonderful services to those children, giving them love and fun and new learning. They've found new ways for parents to be near their children and helped whole communities.

1 Vera R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Where to start? How about in China, in a village, with people like you and me. And children who need care, and then Jenny Bowen. A woman with a vision.
I am merely a citizen of this world and can only do so much, but every one of us can contribute in our own way.
Bullet points:
My family adopted 2 children.
We learned about Half the Sky/One Sky.
I got to witness 2 preschools and foster famiies set up firsthand in 2005.
I watched children like mine get a new chance.
I cried and I laughed.
I helped a little I hope.
I still hope.
I still help.
Thank you One Sky. xxx

Donor

Rating: 5

As someone who was an orphan adopted from China, this nonprofit is pretty close to my heart. I did research initially on charities that helped orphans in China and they seemed very reputable according to charity navigator. I've been sponsoring a child monthly and I appreciate all the work they've done so far including the new child learning center in Vietnam.

Donor

Rating: 5

One Sky is an incredible organization. They train caregivers to give the kids the best possibe care. They also provide additional caregivers so that kids get more individualized attention. They build schools in the orphanages they sponsor, and train the teachers. They also find housing for foster parents, and furnish their homes. Really great work, with profound results.

2 Jeannette Ewing L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've followed and supported the work of One Sky - formerly Half the Sky - for over ten years now. I've seen their enormous impact up close, having visited their centers on several trips to China. They are driven by love and compassion, but they operate with killer efficiency and focus. As an adoptive parent of two Chinese daughters, I am immensely grateful for the work of this amazing organization.

2 Karin H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter was orphaned in China. She was very fortunate to be able to attend One Sky's Little Sister Preschool program so that she was able to have joy, the sense of love and appreciation from a caregiver, and learning experiences until we bright her home at almost age 4. When she arrived in America and learned that her big brothers were registering for school, her expectation was that she would be attending school too even though she hadn't been home long. For bonding purposes, the school even let Daddy attend school with her until she was ready to be dropped off and picked up. Her joy for learning, courage, confidence, language skills, love for projects, and resilience all seem to be related to the support she received through One Sky. We have continued to support this program and others for the past 6 years and are thrilled that so many more children will benefit from loving caregivers and supportive learning environments. Thank you OneSky!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My girls were adopted 17 and 19 years ago from orphanages in China. They did not benefit from Half the Sky's work and the developmental delays they both suffered were alarming. I visited their orphanages at the time of adoption and saw the institutional issues which contributed to their problems. I was confident that their adoptions were life-saving. Having seen the institutional despair first hand, I became an early sponsor of Half the Sky Foundation in hopes of improving the outlook of my daughters' friends that were left behind. I sponsored individual children and also donated to the general fund. I was thrilled to witness first hand the transformation of the institution that my first daughter came from when she and I visited it 10 years ago. After Half the Sky moved in, it was a happy lively place and the benefits were very obvious. OneSky is my main charitable organization at this time as the benefits are fast, measurable, and seem to grow exponentially as each teacher becomes trained.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Making such a great effort to give kids a better start in there life. Done with so much passion, love and dedication with a small team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son now 6 years old had his first two years of love and care from half the sky ladies in a Chinese orphanage.

It really helped him a lot!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to OneSky for over eight years. Their programs and outreach are outstanding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our son back in 2010 and he was cared by the nanny program due to his clef lip and palate. He was so well cared for and loved, he was healthy and because of the love he received we never had any separation issues. Even his lip surgery was so well done that our surgeon did not have to touch his lip ehen he did his palate surgery.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They put into practice the value of physically expressing love, compassion, and respect, and it is invaluable.

3 ChinaMom23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization providing desperately needed training for caregivers and services for orphans! Our son was adopted before this organization began. He suffered effects of long-term malnutrition and neglect that will stay with him forever. Lying long days alone in this crib, his brain did not develop properly. Crucial developmental milestones were missed. No amount of therapy can undo some missed connections in brain development! As a consequence, our son will forever have developmental delays. With proper infant nurture and stimulation as advocated by OneSky, this would not have happened. But now, if the family of every adopted child could reach back through One Sky and help just one child left behind in an orphanage, the future for all orphaned children would be so much brighter!

2 Misty16

Client Served

Rating: 5

One Sky is a wonderful organization filling an often overlooked need. They provide as close to family care as you can get in an orphanage. It is extraordinary and we are so thankful for One Sky.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Half the Sky has a partnership at the orphanage our daughter is from. They took excellent care of her and was clearly well loved by the nannies and director. The director knew each child well and cared for each child as an individual. The mission of Half the Sky empowers workers and orphans alike. We're very thankful for Half the Sky and the work they do, our daughter benefited greatly from their program.

2 Sarah82

Donor

Rating: 5

Like Jenny Bowen, I adopted a little girl from China. I poured everything I had into her and saw her light up and flourish in her new life. Like every other adoptive parent, I agonized about all the other children I hadn't brought home. They haunted me. Jenny Bowen took these experiences and acted on them. She taught and reminded people that love and care lavished upon young children by one, consistent caregiver does the most incredible things for them. I am so impressed with how far Jenny Bowen has taken this non-profit so far. She has gone right to the leaders of China and convinced them to use this new model of care! I am so amazed and grateful for her work. She inspires me every day and I think of her as I raise my daughter and teach my kindergarten students. Love will help them all to grow strong, as they should. They all deserve this care.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Like most parents who adopt from China, I am haunted by all the children still in orphanages. I could only help one directly. The organizers of Half the Sky are also adoptive parents, but they have done what the rest of us only wished we could do. They have created a wonderful organization that creatively and directly helps little children in institutions and gives them a special someone to love them, encourage and teach them, and even to keep a life book for them to document their early years. They train nannies to nurture rather than to merely feed and clothe the children. They use love and art to fill these children's lives. They work with the Chinese government to spread their method further and further. They see problems in particular orphanages and address them. A few years ago they invited me to give them some input. I mentioned that there are many sports-a-thons but as a non-athletic person I did not feel I could do much. What about art? Something I and others can do. They took this idea and created Art from the Heart, an art fundraiser which also celebrates and encourages both the donors and the children in China's talents. They also have pages on their site for adopted children to connect with children in China and for children here to use their ideas to fundraise as well. My daughter has asked for donations to Half the Sky instead of receiving birthday presents and many other children have done this as well. Half the Sky is an amazing organization and deserves all the support we can give them!

2 Cristy G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In July 2014 my daughter (adopted from China in 2003) and I were able to go back and visit her orphanage in Changsha, Hunan. The changes brought by OneSky/Half the Sky were breathtaking! We visited multiple rooms, from infants to toddlers and preschoolers. We were able to spend nearly an hour with toddlers in a playroom. We could see babies receiving cuddling and massages in the neighboring room. The toddlers were playing with and being snuggled by adults the whole time we were there. The soft flooring allows for playing sitting or laying down. The preschoolers were having snack at a little table and each of their cups had their photo on it. The room was full of preschool lessons. When we visited in 2003 all the floors were tile and the babies were in walkers, there were very few toys for the toddlers to play with, and only older kids when to school. All of the children in the orphanage in 2014 had special needs and previously these children were often underestimated & underserved. We personally saw dozens of little lives made brighter...and I know that hundreds upon hundreds have benefitted from the training and programs introduced into orphanages all over China by OneSky.

1 Emma24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past summer I went to China, volunteering with Onesky to help the nannies at the care home with the babies. I has so much fun spending time with other adoptees and seeing first hand what it was like on the other side of the adoption side now that I'm older.

2 Shirley W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

our son was in their care from birth and was taken care by their nanny program. our son did not have any kind of issues and was well taken care of.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are parents to an amazing little guy who was in the care of HTS, becsuse of his amazing nannies and HTS, he is healthy, smart, and very loving. The first year in a childs life willis the most important in their development. And HTS staff was and will always be important for us and our son.
Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent nonprofit changing orphanages throughout China.

1 Willa K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Layne

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.