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Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen is the Founder and CEO of Half the Sky, an international organization dedicated to giving orphaned children a second chance at childhood. She is the author of Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains, HarperOne, March 2014.

Entries by Jenny Bowen

My Modest Proposal

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:19 AM


2008! If you've already read my book, Wish You Happy Forever, you'll know that 2008 was a one-of-a-kind year for Half the Sky in many, many ways.

In addition to the freak snowstorms across southern China, and the massive...

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What Keeps Us Going?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Right after the Chinese New Year holiday, our Half the Sky training team returned to the Huazhou orphanage to see how things were going in the new children's center. They toured the once gloomy and barren rooms, now bright with color and children's art and filled with music and happy...

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Caring From the Bottom of the Heart

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:35 PM

The training in Huazhou came to a close in mid-January, just before the people of China turned full attention to celebrating the New Year of the Horse. The new teachers, nannies and the now fully-engaged staff of the orphanage decided they should have a celebration too. It would be the...

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The Small Miracle of a Smile

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Even before the 10-day introductory training at Huazhou is over, small miracles begin to occur -- especially among the newest participants in Half the Sky's Infant Nurture Program. Babies win the resiliency prize. They are wired for love. As soon as they can trust that one caring human will come...

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Half the Sky: Showing the Orphans of Huazhou They Matter

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Children who've spent their lives in Chinese orphanages often lack the resiliency of their little sisters and brothers who receive loving attention through Half the Sky programs from the early years. Our Youth Service Program for school age children and teens attempts to make up for a lifetime of institutional...

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I Am Not the One Making Change Happen in Huazhou

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 2:07 PM

I've received many kind notes in praise of the dramatic change that Half the Sky is bringing to places like Huazhou. Our work is indeed transformative, but I want to be sure you understand that, although I founded Half the Sky, I am not the one making change happen. It...

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Making Change for Orphans With Special Needs

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Our new nanny trainees were quiet as they entered the rooms and viewed their future charges for the first time. Director Li passed among the cribs, and as she explained the special care needed for each, she comforted the babies, held them, made small improvements before moving on.

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Half the Sky: Moving Mountains

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:34 PM

As Wish You Happy Forever begins to find its audience, and the story of Half the Sky Foundation in China is told, it may seem to some that our job is done. But, of course, those of us still working to bring loving care to China's orphans know...

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Half the Sky: Moving Mountains

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 10:54 AM

It's never fun to talk about your failures, but if there's anything that can be agreed on about my memoir, Wish You Happy Forever, it is honest. And quite honestly, our efforts to help the children of Huazhou, China were a dismal failure. But that was back in 2002. Now...

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