Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope
Jenna Bush, daughter of President and Mrs. Bush, shares the poignant story of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV in Panama - an inspiring story of strength and survival."Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope" is a work of narrative nonfiction based on Bush's experiences while interning for UNICEF and the life stories of children and teens she encountered through her work.The book focuses on Ana, a teenage single mother who is bravely living with, rather than dying from, HIV. Ana's determination has allowed her to overcome abuse and abandonment and fight for an education and a better future for her child. Jenna Bush sends a message of hope, involvement and inclusion, and calls for youth involvement in helping other young people triumph over adversity.
Jenna Bush graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in English. Bush taught elementary school in Washington, D.C. for a year and half before embarking on an unpaid internship for UNICEF's Educational Policy department at its regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Fall 2006. Throughout her internship, Bush has traveled to Argentina, Paraguay and Panama, creating photo diaries of the life stories and personal narratives of children and adolescents. She had taught at a shelter in Panama several days a week while writing this book.