Jenny Bowen, Founder, Half the Sky; Author, Wish You Happy Forever
Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China, not out of a need to build a family but simply to save one child. Their new daughter came home weak, malnourished, delayed and shutdown, common maladies from an orphanage upbringing. Bowen was overcome with a new resolve: She must do what she could to bring the same nurturing care and love to those many thousands of children left behind.
In Wish You Happy Forever, Jenny Bowen relates the humor and heartbreak of her dogged efforts to become the voice of forgotten children, wards of what seems to be an intransigent government on the other side of the world. Half the Sky’s five innovative programs now provide nurturing family-like care and enrichment opportunities for thousands of children of all ages. In partnership with the Chinese government, Half the Sky is now helping that country reimagine its entire child welfare system.