Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphan's Taught Me About Moving Mountains ($25.99), chronicles Jenny Bowen's personal and professional journey to transform Chinese orphanages--and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them- from a state of quiet despair to one of vibrant promise.
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.
Jenny Bowen, a former Los Angeles-based screenwriter and filmmaker, is the director of Half the Sky Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to reconstruct orphanages and increase learning through relationships. Bowen’s commitment to transform the quality of life for abandoned girls in Chinese orphanages has yielded remarkable results: Half the Sky will be training all the nation’s welfare institution workers during the next five years. Bowen received the American Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008.
In the summer of 1998, Jenny Bowen looked out her kitchen window onto her garden, and her life changed forever. Her three-year-old daughter Maya, whom she and her husband had adopted months earlier from an orphanage in China, had transformed from a vacant-eyed, sickly little girl into a joyous being thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved.