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February 9th, 2009
Half the Sky Foundation, led by 2008 Skoll social entrepreneur Jenny Bowen, is partnering with the China Care Foundation to expand their delivery of services to orphans in China. China Care provides state-of-the art specialized medical care for orphaned children, focusing on emotional health as well as physical well-being. Half the Sky promotes the emotional health of the children as well through its nurturing care and education programs in government-run orphanages.
Per Jenny: “There is an extraordinary synergy between the philosophies and missions of China Care and Half the Sky, so I am delighted that we are coming together to transform the lives of China’s orphans.”
Half the Sky and China Care will streamline the medical program, which will be called The China Care Program at Half the Sky. By combining forces, they will be able to provide the same high-quality care for more orphaned children. Once the children recover from their medical treatment, they can benefit from Half the Sky’s programs for orphaned children.
The Foundations also plan to expand China Care’s youth empowerment movement, the network of China Care Clubs that has spread to dozens of colleges and high school campuses in North America. Club members not only raise funds for orphan support, but also mentor adopted Chinese teens, and run playgroups and celebrate Chinese culture with the youngest adoptees.
“As we team up with Half the Sky, we have the potential to expand this amazing program and reach many more people,” says Matt Dalio, who founded China Care in 2000 at the age of 16. You can read more on Matt’s hopes for the partnership here.
This is a great example of a trend we’re seeing of social entrepreneurs working together to expand impact.