There are some things we now understand about human development. Besides the need for food and water and basic shelter, we humans are all the same in one fundamental way: we need to know love and be loved.
Children who've spent their lives in Chinese orphanages often lack the resiliency of their little sisters and brothers who receive loving attention from the early years. Our Youth Service Program attempts to make up for a lifetime of neglect by offering such children caring mentors.
It is the Chinese who are transforming their own child welfare system. And without full government support, our 1300 caregivers, teachers, foster parents, trainers and support staff -- all of them Chinese nationals -- could not change a thing.
I received a message from one of our supporters asking if there was any way that Half the Sky could help the children at a particularly troubled orphanage in southern China. The place, of course, was Huazhou -- the very place we'd failed to reach 11 years before.