Half the Sky is painting a million rainbows across China – one for every orphaned child.
The Rainbow Program, a groundbreaking plan to reach every orphaned child by training caregivers all over the country, was launched on Children’s Day, 2011 at the Great Hall of the People. For a few hours we celebrated and sang together to mark a whole new chapter for orphan care in China.
After that lovely celebration came the hard work of organizing trainings in six provinces every year for five years. In each province Half the Sky and our government partners hold introductory trainings (more theory than practice). Then our Child Development Experts follow up with in-depth trainings (more practice than theory) in the same six provinces.
To provide more support for the process of transforming institutional care, Half the Sky has also created a Seed Initiative for institutions who have received Rainbow Training and need help getting their Half the Sky-inspired programs off the ground, and an online community, 1jiaren.org, for caregivers and administrators to discuss best practice childcare, view training videos, and expand their knowledge by taking e-learning courses.
Half the Sky also holds national Directors’ Workshops that help prepare orphanage administrators to assume full responsibility for their new and existing Half the Sky-inspired programs.
As the Rainbow Program rolls out, Half the Sky's goal to bring caring adults into the lives of each of China's orphaned children comes ever closer.
A million children. A million rainbows....