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

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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. Watching her daughter play, Bowen was overcome with the desire to help the orphaned children she couldn't bring home. And that's when Half the Sky Foundation was born.Wish You Happy ForeverWish You Happy Forever, teaches us that saving a child's life can transcend language and cultural barriers, and that, above all else, a determined dreamer with a loving presence speaks at the greatest volume.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2014
ISBN: 9780062192011
0062192019
0062192000
9780062192004
Characteristics: 1 online resource (336 pages)

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msevinrud
Feb 11, 2017

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

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Mtrey
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.

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rachelma
Oct 20, 2014

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

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Irene99
Jun 21, 2014

Inspiration work, 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.

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mprimom
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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