On a rainy day in 1997 when we met our little daughter, Maya, in Guangzhou, I began to learn what it means to a child to live a life without love. Just a year later, I looked out my window and saw our beloved toddler romping in the garden, so full of life and joy, looking for all the world like she'd always been adored. I suddenly understood just how resilient young children can be, and at that moment, I resolved to do whatever I could so that no more children should feel the hurt of being unwanted and alone. That was the day Half the Sky was born. And now, I wake up each morning knowing without doubt I can help make a child's life better today ... and I smile at my good fortune.
A former screenwriter and independent filmmaker, Jenny founded Half the Sky Foundation in 1998 in order to give something back to her adopted daughters' home country and to the many children then languishing behind institutional walls.