Why was Jenny the only American selected by popular vote to carry the Olympic Torch during the Beijing Summer Olympics?
Jenny Bowen’s actual title is Founder and CEO of Half The Sky, a foundation she created to ensure that every orphaned child in China “has a caring adult in her life and a chance at a bright future”. She has radically changed the way China cares for its orphans. The idea started after Jenny and her husband adopted their first daughter in 1997 and saw how within a year Maya, who was initially withdrawn and developmentally delayed, began to blossom. Jenny couldn’t get the images of thousands of babies languishing in underequipped and understaffed institutions across the country out of her mind, so she did something about it. She worked with child development professionals back home to
develop a “nurture care” philosophy. Armed with that and her tenacity, Jenny approached the China Ministry of Civil Affairs and presented her pilot program. Fourteen years later, Half The Sky has affected 70,000 children across 53 orphanages. She has earned the respect of the Chinese government that partnered with her in the forming of their new national child welfare program. Jenny’s inspiration for naming her foundation came from a Chinese adage, "Women hold up half the sky”. Jenny Bowen is doing more than her part.