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To Freshfields with Love

Running a global NGO is never without its legal hurdles.

Like most of our fellow nonprofits, OneSky lacks the financial resources to afford the legal expertise we need in order to do our work. Thankfully, we have a secret weapon!

Since 2005, law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s incredibly generous and goodhearted partners, associates, support staff and affiliated firms have shown their concern for orphaned and abandoned children by giving selflessly and abundantly their legal expertise in order to help make our work possible. In fact, thanks to Freshfields, OneSky has benefited from pro bono legal support in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, New York, London and Hanoi totaling more than 3,000 hours!

Freshfield's happy table at our Hong Kong Gala.

Freshfield’s happy table at OneSky’s Hong Kong Gala.

On top of that, Freshfields’ staffers have also generously sponsored our infant nurture program in Huangshi, our Gala fundraisers in Hong Kong and in the UK, and Hong Kong staffers have also enthusiastically participated in our annual Charity Hike.

Team Freshfields at our annual Charity Hike in Hong Kong

Team Freshfields at our annual Charity Hike in Hong Kong.

In 2009, thanks to the Freshfields Community Challenge, 17 Beijing employees also teamed up with OneSky to bring children and caregivers from OneSky’s Tianjin center to Beijing’s iconic Olympic Park for a field trip. Each child was then treated to lunch at McDonalds, got to attend a screening of the movie Astro Boy with popcorn and snacks. Each child took home a framed photo of the group taken in front of the Bird’s Nest, to commemorate their happy time together.

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“Freshfields is proud to have been associated with OneSky over the past 10 years and to have seen the organization go from strength to strength, helping some of the most vulnerable children in China. We wish the entire team the very best as they pursue the next important chapter in the growth of OneSky,” says Teresa Ko, China Chairman.

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To commemorate Freshfields’ decade of support for the children, in 2016, OneSky presented an art piece to 60 partners and associates at Freshfields’ Hong Kong office.

Freshfields Partner William Robinson and Asia Regional Managing Partner Robert Ashworth, along with OneSky's Chief Development Officer Natalie Campion, and Carmen Lau, Director of Development Asia celebrating Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s 10-year support of OneSky’s work.

Freshfields Partner William Robinson and Asia Regional Managing Partner Robert Ashworth, along with OneSky’s Chief Development Officer Natalie Campion, and Carmen Lau, Director of Development Asia celebrating Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s 10-year support of OneSky’s work.

The piece of art, titled “Birds On the Lotus Leaves”, was produced by then 10-year-old OneSky graduate Wu Zhenhao. Zhenhao, now 12, was orphaned as an infant and fought hard to survive several surgeries to remove a spinal tumor and repair a hip dysplasia. His strength of character and passion for life are reflected in his art, for which he has received several local, national and international art awards.

Wu Zhenhao at 8. Zhenhao, whose art training was funded by OneSky, was orphaned as an infant and joined OneSky’s programs at the age of four months.

Wu Zhenhao at 8. Zhenhao was orphaned as an infant and joined OneSky’s programs at the age of four months.

Zhenhao in OneSky's Family Village Program

A younger Zhenhao in OneSky’s Family Village Program

Huge thanks to everyone at Freshfields who has helped us impact the lives of so many children!

With love from Huazhou

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With love from Huazhou

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Baby Steps in Vietnam – 2

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Baby Steps in Vietnam – 2