Wish You Happy Forever

Wish You Happy Forever

What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains

Book - 2014
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The founder of Half the Sky Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming Chinese orphanages and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them, details her relentless perseverance and unwavering commitment to this cause.


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.

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The founder of Half the Sky Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming Chinese orphanages and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them, details her relentless perseverance and unwavering commitment to this cause. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062192004
Branch Call Number: 362.734 B675w
Characteristics: viii, 320 pages : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Feb 11, 2017

Interesting, but should have been half as long, as continued work was just a rehash of previous work.

May 06, 2016

I'd only watched the PBS documentary that showed some of the work by Half the Sky. (Or so I thought?) Areas were featured in numerous countries.

Thus I was puzzled when, upon reading the book, the focus was China.

This lovely couple embraced a life altering idea and create an enormous impact. Orphanages in China had been run in a method that diminished any potential of those (think females) placed there by parents.

Remarkable story that continues with the transformation of Half the Sky changing its name to One Sky.

Oct 20, 2014

I like this book.It's amazing--Both the the story and the author.

Jun 21, 2014

Inspirational, well-written account of the author's experience of adopting an orphaned baby girl from China, and from there helping hundreds of thousands of mostly female orphans. She does this with grace and compassion, and learns that sharing her knowledge and resources doesn't work by criticizing others but by working with them toward common goals. She learns who can be trusted and others who are more interested in their own needs. And she finds her calling.

bibliotechnocrat May 31, 2014

A great read. In the process of adopting a Chinese orphan, Californian filmmaker, Jenny Bowen, discovers the terrible conditions these children were growing up in. Tiny kids tied to potty chairs all day, with no stimulation, no physical contact with caregivers, scarring punishments for infractions.... Bowen decided she had to do something about these kids and set out to make a difference. And make a difference she has. She and her husband launched a non-profit called Half the Sky, dedicated to transforming the circumstances of abandoned Chinese babies. This unlikely memoir charts the transformation sparked by their initiative.

But imagine a Chinese national coming to Canada and setting up programs in our group homes or orphanages. At best, we'd ignore such audacity; at worst we'd arrest and deport. So how did an American transform Chinese institutional child care? The fragile dance Bowen and her cohorts conduct in order to fly under the radar and affect change makes for compelling reading. Well worth your time.

Apr 01, 2014

A moving story. Both heartrending and victorisously uplifting. This is a must read for lessons on compassion, persistance and true love for the children... Best book I read in a long time.


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