In 1997, an American film director and writer, Jenny Bowen, along with her husband Richard adopted a toddler named Maya from a Southern China welfare institution. When she came home to California with them, Maya was suffering from malnutrition, dysentery, developmental delays, and emotional detachment.
A year later, Jenny took another leap and founded the NGO now called OneSky, which has transformed the lives of many thousands of marginalized children through medical and educational measures combined with the power of nurture and care.
The first three years of a child’s life have a profound effect on his or her future. 935 million children throughout the world are orphaned, abandoned, abused, or neglected. Operating in China, Vietnam, and Mongolia, OneSky has created orphanages, nurseries, and educational centers offering a replicable early childhood development program that helps children become healthy, well-adjusted, and prepared for life ahead. Today, Jenny’s daughter Maya, a 23-year-old graduate of University of California, Davis, works at the OneSky Centre in Hong Kong.
DUFFY has long been a supporter of OneSky, and in 2018 funded the OneSky Nursery in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. Using OneSky’s proprietary curriculum, the nursery will provide kids ages 1 to 3 with a stimulating environment and interventions that improve brain and motor skill development along with medical care and personal attention. In just one year, the toddlers have shown remarkable improvement in all measured areas, setting them on the path to become healthy, happy children and adults. DUFFY's global business of creating innovative sweaters helps support the innovative programs of the OneSky Foundation, and for us, that’s a very warm feeling indeed.
Please visit OneSky to learn more about the program and how you can help.
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