One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on it’s back with it’s feet up in the air.
“What are you doing?” asked the elephant.
The hummingbird replied, “I heard that the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall.”
The elephant laughed cruelly. “Do you really think,” he said, “that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?”
The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose, as he replied, “Not alone. But each must do what he can. And this is what I can do.” ~A Chinese folktale
A foundation that has been near and dear to my heart for quite some time now is Half The Sky Foundation. Half the sky was created to enrich the lives, and enhance the prospects for orphan children in China. They provide training to local women who work in orphanages, to build healthy emotional bonds with the children in their care. Children who are held often, who receive affection, love, and attention, are able to thrive, and develop healthy emotional attachments as they grow older. Individual nurture and attention is as important to a developing child as food, shelter, and medical attention.
We have supported this charity for quite a few years now, and I have a half the sky poster in my house. Imagine my excitement when I learned that the orphanage that Mackenzie lives in is a Half the Sky center! I am so relieved to know that my little girl is held, loved, and treated with kindness and respect, because of where she lives.
Click here to learn more about Half the Sky, and the great things they are doing in the lives of orphaned children in China.