Thursday, May 18, 2006

A Touch of Kindness

This is an old news story that I found today, but it shows how one person can make a huge difference in the lives of so many. The story comes from

"It seems so natural, nannies playing with babies. But in China, reports CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen, it's not the norm.

In huge orphanages, with too many babies and too few staff, babies can get virtually no attention; left in a crib all day long, almost never talked to – or touched.

Now that's changing, thanks to one woman: Jenny Bowen, of Berkeley, California.

"What we give to the children is the gift of nurture, individual care," says Bowen.

What inspired her crusade was Maya.

Bowen adopted Maya from China six years ago; she was expressionless, dull-eyed, locked in solitude. Bowen worried that Maya might be mentally ill.

But after lots of caring and caresses, she realized she was wrong.

Bowen thought that what worked for Maya could work across China. She started raising money to train and pay special nannies in a program called Half the Sky to help all the little abandoned babies who may never have parents of their own.

"Once it started happening and the results were so successful, it swallowed up my life," Bowen says. "Once you start there's thousands of kids out there you can reach and whose lives you can really change."

In three years they've expanded to 13 orphanages – a drop in the bucket here, but 2,000 tiny lives changed so far."

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