“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.”
No child should be alone in the world.
Half the Sky Foundation Australia supports an innovative and comprehensive methodology for the care of abandoned and disadvantaged children that was pioneered by US-founded Half the Sky Foundation (now OneSky).
That care is based on the simple yet profound principle that in order to thrive, every child, including those who have lost their families, need nurture as well as food, clothing and shelter.
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.
The purpose of the OneSky projects is 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 are children's lives transformed?
OneSky’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.
Adapted to each developmental stage, our approach offers continuity of nurturing care, from birth to young adulthood.
Happily, that approach is now being shared with child welfare workers across China, as part of the National Training Plan – of which Half the Sky Australia is a major supporting partner.