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  • Awarded: 2008
  • Issue Areas: Early Childhood to Primary Education · Education
  • Countries Served: China · Vietnam
  • Web: onesky.org
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    About the Organization

    OneSky (formerly Half the Sky) was created in 1998 to improve conditions for the many thousands of abandoned baby girls then languishing in China’s welfare institutions.

    By training over 30,000 caregivers, teachers, and foster parents to provide the nurturing care that is crucial for healthy development, OneSky has directly impacted the lives of more than 160,000 vulnerable children and their Orphanage Model is now China’s standard of care for institutionalized children.

    OneSky’s work within child welfare institutions taught them that the needs of young children are universal, regardless of circumstances. This prompted the organization to, in 2015, launch a program dedicated to transforming the lives of the millions of children under the age of six who are left behind in rural villages when their parents migrate to distant cities for work. The OneSky Village Model offers family skills training, early childhood programs, and community engagement activities to help re-energize disintegrating communities in 46 rural villages.

    In 2017, OneSky expanded beyond China with the opening of the first Early Learning Center focused on providing nurturing care for the young children of migrant workers in Vietnam as part of a new Factory Model. In coming years, the organization plans to scale their Orphanage, Village and Factory models to countries across Asia.

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    Institutionalization has devastating effects on children.

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    Half the Sky aims to train all Chinese child welfare workers to provide family-like, nurturing care to children in state-run orphanages.

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    Jenny Bowen's experience with her own adopted daughters fired her commitment to provide nurturing care to all Chinese orphans.

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    4,368 caregivers from 324 institutions impacting 21,000 children have been trained in China's Rainbow Program.

    Ambition for Change

    OneSky envisions a time when every child—no matter how humble her/his beginnings—receives nurturing early care and education that promotes healthy brain development and gives children the best chance for a bright future.

    Path to Scale

    OneSky unlocks the potential of the world’s most vulnerable young children by teaching the adults in their lives how to provide early nurture and education and by building local capacity through a Training of Trainers approach that helps communities achieve lasting wide-scale impact.

    A former screenwriter and filmmaker, Jenny Bowen founded Half the Sky (now OneSky) in 1998 to give back to China, her adopted daughters’ home country, and to the many orphaned and abandoned children then languishing behind institutional walls. OneSky is now a trusted government partner that has helped China reshape its entire child welfare system and designed scalable programs for the millions of children left behind in rural villages. Today OneSky is bringing all it has learned in China to other Asian countries, starting in Vietnam with scalable programs that address the needs of the children of factory workers in industrial zones. In 2008, Jenny received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was chosen by popular vote to carry the Olympic Torch on Chinese soil. Among other awards, Jenny has been honored with the AmCham Women of Influence Non-profit Leader of the Year Award in 2016, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007, and the Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Innovation in 2010. Jenny serves on China’s National Committee for Orphans and Disabled Children. She is the author of the memoir, Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains, published by Harper Collins in 2014.

    Impact & Accomplishments

    • Offering five core programs, serving children from birth to adulthood, in 52 cities across China.
    • Directly impacted nearly 100,000 children, and indirectly impacted thousands through training of trainers.
    • Set up 23 of 31 planned provincial model centers to demonstrate practices throughout the country.
    • China’s Rainbow Program, a national integrated training initiative launched in 2010, incorporates HTS methodology to bring international standards of care to all areas of child welfare, and to date has trained 4,368 caregivers from 324 institutions impacting 21,000 children.
     

    Affiliated

    Crystal ZhangOperations Director- China, OneSky
    Jenny BowenFounder and CEO, OneSky
    Morgan LanceChief Development Officer, OneSky
    Richard BowenCo-founder and Senior Media Advisor, OneSky

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