Wish You Happy Forever chronicles Half the Sky founder 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.
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.
|File size:||5 MB|
About the Author
Jenny Bowen, a former screenwriter and filmmaker, is the founder and CEO of Half the Sky, an organization dedicated to reimagining care for orphaned Chinese children. 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.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Part 1 Laowai (Foreigner) 15
1 Clumsy Birds Have Need of Early Flight 17
2 Do Not Hope to Reach the Destination Without Leaving the Shore 33
3 Do Not Upset Heaven and Earth 51
4 To Move a Mountain, Begin with Small Stones 65
5 Pick the Roses, Live with the Thorns 77
6 A Good Beginning Is Half the Journey 87
7 Enough Shovels of Earth, a Mountain; Enough Pails of Water, a River 101
8 Unless There Is Opposing Wind, a Kite Cannot Rise 115
9 A Burnt Tongue Becomes Shy of Soup 129
10 Push One Pumpkin Under Water, Another Pops Up 141
11 One Who Is Drowning Will Not Be Troubled by a Little Rain 157
12 Wait for Roast Duck to Fly into Mouth, Wait a Long Time 169
Part 2 Guoji Youren (Foreign Friend) 177
13 Why Scratch an Itch from Outside the Boot? 179
14 A. Sparrow Sings, Not Because It Has an Answer, but Because It Has a Song 197
15 Eat the Wind, Swallow Bitterness 215
16 One Who Rides a Tiger Cannot Dismount 233
17 Our Lucky Star Is Shining 251
18 Every Day Cannot Be a Feast of Lanterns 267
Part 3 Zijiren (One of Us) 281
19 If the Sky Falls on Me, Let It Be My Quilt 283
20 Count Not What Is Lost, but What Is Left 299
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished reading this from cover to cover in 2 days! What an incredible true story! Very well written with inspiring details! I adopted my sweet Emma from Yiyang city in 2005. She is the light of my life!
Inspirational and heart wrenching!
One person with a passion that managed to collect some amazing people around her and moved mountains to help children. Such a rare and wonderfully driven human being.
What an adventure, Amazing story! Thank you
Very well written and an inspiring story