My Secret Weapon
Over the years, since I had the incredibly good fortune to bring Half the Sky (now OneSky for all children) to life, I’ve received more than my share of kudos and thanks from our wonderful supporters around the world. Needless to say, I didn’t do anything alone. From the start, we’ve been incredibly lucky to bring together an abundance of talented staffers and volunteers. But not everyone knows that I also had a secret weapon at my side, a silent partner of sorts—one who not only held me up when I stumbled, but also who created much of the visual magic—the photographs and film—that helped me bring the children’s stories to the world. All of the video tales you see on our website, all of the exquisite child portraits, the joyous gala films, the vast library of training videos, the true Cinderella story . . . my secret weapon was the mind and the artist behind it all. There would be no Half the Sky, no OneSky, no Chunhui Children without him.
It’s still almost impossible for me to believe, but on Christmas Morning 2021, that secret weapon, my husband, life partner, soulmate and adored father to our girls, died in his sleep. Richard (Dick) Bowen blessed every day of my life for 45 years. He is gone far too soon.
They say your loved one lives on in everyone who knew him. In that sense, he remains a part of OneSky and Chunhui and all we created together and he always will. Now I gratefully join some of our longtime colleagues in celebrating the gifts he gave us all. Many thanks to Karin Evans for compiling and editing these stories.