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
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.
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.
They put into practice the value of physically expressing love, compassion, and respect, and it is invaluable.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent nonprofit changing orphanages throughout China.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.