Bowen, Jenny

A former screenwriter and filmmaker, Jenny Bowen founded Half the Sky in 1998 in order to give something back to her adopted daughter's many sisters living in China's welfare institutions. She was convinced that training caregivers, teachers and foster parents to provide the nurturing care that neuroscientists say is crucial for healthy development, could transform the lives of institutionalized children. Half the Sky's 5 innovative programs now provide nurturing family-like care for thousands of children of all ages living in Chinese orphanages. In partnership with China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, Half the Sky has embarked on an initiative to train every child welfare worker in the country. In 2012, ChunHui Bo'Ai, Half the Sky's sister in China was launched. In 2008, Bowen received the Skoll Award. Her book, Wish You Happy Forever, a memoir about Half the Sky, has just been published by HarperOne.

Posts by Bowen, Jenny

  • The China Challenge: Is It Worth the Effort? (03.18.14 )

    By Jenny Bowen, Founder and CEO, Half the Sky Foundation When we began our work in China fifteen years ago, I don’t think a term like “social enterprise” even existed. In fact most of the healthy NGOs were actually GONGOs, or government-operated non-governmental organizations. Most ordinary people I met in the early days were just […]

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