“All the children who are held and loved will know how to love others….. Spread these virtues in the world. Nothing more need be done.”- Mencius, c. 300 BC
Our Mission Statement
Half the Sky designs model programs to help communities and caregivers unlock the vast hidden potential of the world’s most vulnerable children.
No child should be alone in the world.
Children belong in families. The experience of forming emotional bonds with a caring adult is essential for a child’s healthy development.
A small child’s experiences dictate how her brain is wired. Each stimulus – each kiss, each story, each sunset, each smile – promotes the development of brain cells (neurons). Holding and stroking an infant stimulates the brain to release growth hormones. A child who lacks connection with a caring adult will often fail to thrive.
Still – such a life can be turned around. And the earlier we begin the better.
Half the Sky exists to provide the love of family to children who, for whatever reason, have lost what should be every child’s birthright – somebody who cares.
How do we do it?
Half the Sky’s responsive, child-centered approach focuses on nurturing the whole child. It draws from the Western Reggio Emilia approach to enhancing each individual child’s development and from the Chinese educational mandate that children learn about the arts, the sciences, language, social development and health.
The goal is to prepare children to enter society at an intellectual and social level with their peers while surrounding them with a stimulating, healthy emotional environment.
Half the Sky's approach, adapted to each developmental stage, offers continuity of nurturing care, from birth to young adulthood.
Happily, that approach is now being shared with child welfare workers across China.