Celebrating 25 Years
Seeing the potential in every child
Seeing the potential in every child
Messages from OneSky’s Friends
Let’s all join these little ones as they
celebrate OneSky’s 25th birthday!
Since we first started our work, OneSky has helped
286,000+ marginalized children thrive in
mainland China, Vietnam, Mongolia and Hong Kong SAR.
Back when I founded Half the Sky, just about everyone said my idea was impossible. Why would China allow me – a foreigner – to try to change the way children were treated in government orphanages? But I’d watched my newly adopted daughter, Maya, come to life through intensive responsive care; I’d seen the magic happen.
No one else was offering to help at the time. I just knew I had to try.
I went to China armed only with my own family’s experience and what little I’d been able to learn on what was then called the “world wide web”:
The months immediately after birth are critical to normal development. Brain synapses increase twenty-fold. A child’s interaction with its environment determines the actual number of brain cells, the number of brain synapses and how the brain functions…how it’s “wired.” Without stimulation and nurturing care, children who survive the early years suffer extreme developmental delays. Delays that will handicap them for life.
The babies I saw in that first government orphanage made what I’d learned online all too real. The rooms were silent. No cries.
Babies begin life with only one tool. They cry. These babies had learned their only tool didn’t work. No one came. And so they shut down.
China’s orphaned babies became OneSky’s first teachers.
Today our OneSky approach is practiced all over China. We’ve seen more miracles than we could have imagined. Why not stop there?
Because what happened to China’s abandoned babies could happen to any child, anywhere.
When very young children are torn from family and left neglected with untrained caregivers, it’s easy to see how they fail to thrive. When they have a parent or parents or grandparents who love them, it’s harder to understand, but it happens all the same.
It is happening now—all over the world.
Today’s poorest families live under tremendous stress. With the global economy in constant turmoil, struggling rural parents must leave traditions behind to find work in distant factories where they work impossibly long hours in low-wage jobs. Even if they can bring small children along, there is little time or resources left for more than basic care, and often no one around turn to for help or guidance.
OneSky is committed to bring lessons learned in China to children in Vietnam, Mongolia, Hong Kong SAR, and eventually into new countries—wherever little ones have no access to the nurturing care they need to thrive. Because, thanks to our tiny teachers in China and 25 years of practice, OneSky knows how to turn young lives around.
ALL children are born with a drive to develop and grow. When small, they all need exactly the same thing.
If you know—first with your heart, then with your eyes, and then validated by research—precisely how to change the trajectory of marginalized children’s lives by reaching them at the youngest age with quality nurturing care, why wouldn’t you?
It’s not about politics or borders, not about whose children, which country…. It’s about humanity and about family, and that is about us all.
So, we’re just getting started!
That is why, 25 years later, I am still fully committed to supporting the amazing work of OneSky. I dearly hope you are too.
With love and gratitude,
Founder, OneSky for all children