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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jenny Bowen Narrator: Jenny Bowen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781494572761
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After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China and brought her home to Los Angeles, not out of a need to build a family but rather a commitment to save one child. A year later, as she watched her new daughter play in the grass with her friends, thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved, Bowen was overcome with a desire to help the children that she could not bring home. That very day she created Half the Sky Foundation, an organization conceived to bring love into the life of every orphan in China and one that has actually managed to fulfill its promise. In Wish You Happy Forever, a fish out of water tale like no other, Bowen relates her struggle to bring the concept of "child nurture and responsive care" to bemused Chinese bureaucrats and how she's actually succeeding. Five years after Half the Sky's first orphanage program opened, government officials began to mention child welfare and nurturing care in public speeches. And, in 2011, at China's Great Hall of the People, Half the Sky and its government partners celebrated the launch of The Rainbow Program, a groundbreaking initiative to change the face of orphan care by training every child welfare worker in the country. Thanks to Bowen's relentless perseverance through heartbreak and a dose of humor, Half the Sky's goal to bring love the lives of forgotten children comes ever closer. To this day, Bowen is the only Westerner working with the Chinese government to transform its entire child welfare system from the inside, and Half the Sky, with fifty-two children's centers throughout the country, has helped more than a hundred thousand children. Bowen's beautifully written memoir, Wish You Happy Forever, teaches us that saving a child's life can transcend language and cultural barriers, and that, above all else, a determined dreamer with a loving presence speaks at the greatest volume. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Both heartrending and victoriously uplifting, Wish You Happy Forever provides the backdrop on the lives of thousands of orphan girls and their foster grandmothers, teachers, volunteers, donors, and the ever-grateful adoptive parents. This is a must-read for lessons on compassion, persistence, and true love.”

    Amy Tan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen God’s Wife

  • Both heartrending and victoriously uplifting, Wish You Happy Forever provides the backdrop on the lives of thousands of orphan girls and their foster grandmothers, teachers, volunteers, donors, and the ever-grateful adoptive parents. This is a must read for lessons on compassion, persistence, and true love. Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
  • “Jenny Bowen is a brilliant and amazing person. Her work and writing are great, profound, and inspiring.”

    Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author of Grace (Eventually)

  • “The hopeful smiles of a million waiting children shine from the pages of Jenny Bowen’s writing. This compelling story is a page turning must-read of breaking down barriers as one woman embarks on the monumental quest of building families, forever.”

    Nia Vardalos, actress, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  • “An astonishing and inspiring tribute to the power of human imagination harnessed to passion and purpose.”

    Jane Pauley, New York Times bestselling author of Your Life Calling

  • “Bowen’s remarkable narrative illustrates how dedication, compassion, and love can create enormous change against incredible odds.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Memorable and moving, Bowen’s story is a gift straight from the heart.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Jenny Bowen, a former screenwriter and independent filmmaker, founded Half the Sky Foundation in 1998 in order to give something back to her adopted daughter’s home country and to the many children then languishing behind institutional walls. She serves on China’s National Committee for Orphans and Disabled Children and on the Expert Consultative Committee for Beijing Normal University’s Philanthropy Research Institute. She was awarded the American Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Hong Kong. In 2008, she received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, carried the Olympic Torch on Chinese soil, and in the same year Half the Sky became one of only a handful of foreign NGOs officially recognized and legally registered by the Chinese government. Jenny lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.