Half the Sky Foundation
ORPHANS IN CHINA NEED OUR HELP
At ByGMR, we care about Half the Sky, a foundation created to enrich the lives of orphaned children in China. The foundation provides model programs and caregiver training designed to offer loving, family-like care to children of all ages and abilities. The goal is to ensure that every orphaned child has a caring adult in her life and a chance at a bright future.
Go to the Half the Sky Foundation website to learn more, take action, or donate.
THE BABY SISTERS INFANT NURTURE PROGRAM
The little ones in Half the Sky's Baby Sisters Infant Nurture Centers make their journey from sleeping infants to running toddlers with the help of Half the Sky-trained nannies with whom they develop deep emotional bonds. These are the bonds that are crucial for healthy brain development.
Half the Sky's nannies — retired or laid-off workers from the local community — are trained to act as every parent who has fallen in love with a child intuitively acts. They sing, play, cuddle, hug, and generally dote on their charges.
In so doing, the nannies help babies avoid the problems that are so common in institutionalized children who have been fed and clothed, but not cherished.
The nannies learn to recognize the signs of delays and how to apply simple therapies to help the babies reach developmental milestones. They also learn the art of responsive care: watching their young charges, listening to them, and providing the nurture as it is needed.
Infants need more than food and clothes — they need the daily love and interaction with caring adults that Half the Sky's nannies provide.
Many girl babies are relinquished to institutional care due to the desire for a male heir. That's why GMR has provided “tumbling mats” so that the nannies can interact closely with the little girls.