Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains

by Jenny Bowen

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 28, 2014 | Trade Paperback |

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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 actually succeeds. Five years after Half the Sky''s first orphanage program opens, government officials begin 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 celebrate 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: February 28, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062336975

ISBN - 13: 9780062336972

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Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains

Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains

by Jenny Bowen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: February 28, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062336975

ISBN - 13: 9780062336972

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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 actually succeeds. Five years after Half the Sky''s first orphanage program opens, government officials begin 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 celebrate 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.

Editorial Reviews

"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, bestselling 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

"An astonishing and inspiring tribute to the power of human imagination harnessed to passion and purpose." - Jane Pauley

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