When he was 11 years old, Matt Dalio spent a year in China where he fell in love with the people and the culture. Matt personally witnessed the living conditions of orphans with special needs. Their faces made a lasting impression on him and he committed to do something to give them hope. Five years later in 2000, at the age of 16, Matt founded China Care Foundation to offer orphaned children with special needs a brighter future.
When Matt later enrolled at Harvard he realized how much more the organization could do with a network of students behind it. He also realized he wanted other young people to experience the same sense of empowerment that he had discovered; a little work could forever change a child’s life. China Care’s Youth Empowerment movement began, and today there are China Care Clubs at high schools and colleges across North America that dedicate their time and hard work to benefit children in need.
In 2009, China Care Foundation formed a partnership with Half the Sky Foundation, another non-profit organization working to improve the lives of orphaned children in China. Together we opened the China Care Home at Half the Sky.
This home is equipped to provide state-of-the-art medical care to as many as 80 children at any given time in our pre and post operative Special Care Nurseries and Family Housing Units. The Nurseries offer round-the-clock love and care until the children are strong enough to either return to the orphanage or further recuperate and receive ongoing medical treatment at our Family Housing Units for long-term recuperative care. The China Care Home Preschool was started to ensure that our toddlers and preschool-age children would not miss out on the fun activities that enhance young children’s development and lift their moods. While in our care, the children are watched over by doting trained nannies who wipe away their tears, patiently coax smiles onto their faces, and embrace them with soothing hugs. At the China Care Home these children who have lost their families and are fighting to survive, are never again alone in the world.
Once given a clean bill of health, children at the China Care Home are enrolled in enrichment programs at Half the Sky to ensure these brave survivors continue to receive the love they deserve. These Half the Sky programs help ensure that every child, no matter how humble their beginnings, has a caring adult in their life and a chance at a brighter future.