Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nurturing Chinese Orphans

About 1-million children in China are orphans or abandoned, for a variety of reasons. A non-profit called Half the Sky was established to enrich the lives of these children.

From the website:

Half the Sky’s responsive, child-centered approach focuses on nurturing the whole child. It draws from the Western Reggio Emilia approach to enhancing each individual child’s development and from the Chinese educational mandate that children learn about the arts, the sciences, language, social development and health.

The goal is to prepare children to enter society at an intellectual and social level with their peers while surrounding them with a stimulating, healthy emotional environment.

Half the Sky's approach, adapted to each developmental stage, offers continuity of nurturing care, from birth to young adulthood.

Happily, that approach is now being shared with child welfare workers across China.

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