Thousands of children are now enrolled in Half the Sky programs to provide love and hope for orphaned children. Since Half the Sky began its work in China in 2000, more than fifteen thousand children have benefited from one or more of these five innovative programs:
The Baby Sisters Infant Nurture Program — Half the Sky employs, trains and supervises local women to work as full-time nannies, providing orphaned babies the stimulation, bonding and affection that are essential to a healthy start.
The Little Sisters Preschool Program — Teachers from the local community are trained in Half the Sky’s innovative curriculum, designed to give young children the self-confidence, basic skills and love of learning that will help them to succeed when they move on to primary school.
The Big Sisters Program — Older children, especially those who’ve not had the benefit of early education, often give up on themselves. Half the Sky provides these children individualized learning opportunities, according to their own interests, talents and aspirations.
The Family Village Program — Children, whose medical and developmental challenges preclude them from entering government adoption programs, grow up in permanent loving families, living in Half the Sky-provided homes nearby the institution where they can receive the support services they need.
The China Care Program — Half the Sky's newest program provides medical treatment and nurturing after-care for medically fragile orphaned infants. Whether receiving 24-hour loving attention in the Beijing Special Care Nursery or its adjacent Medical Family Care Unit or in-hospital watched over by a doting, trained nanny, tiny children fighting for their lives are never again alone in the world.