Deb Bowen Exchange

Love Like Lorraine 

You can provide a classroom anywhere in the USA a set of 20 books for $250. These special books are written by youth for youth. 

You can help provide educational programming or other kinds of aid to students from developing countries. You can also host a student in your home.

Give used purses a new purpose! You can host a purse event in community. Fill gently used purses for women or draw string bags for men in need with items they can use.


Three different series: Holocaust, Hero and Human Rights. These books help kids understand social justice issues. The young readers gain compassion and understanding. The goal is to teach history while inspiring readers to better relate to people, gain empathy and take positive action in their community. 


Supporting students who have come to USA on a scholarship for ten months. Back home, youth have assisted in digging a well for a village in Kenya, distributing personal hygiene kits so girls can stay in school, teaching about female genital mutilation (FGM) and providing eyeglasses to those who cannot afford them. 

Encourages people to help others by filling a gently used purse with personal hygiene items for a woman in need. Draw string bags can be filled for men. Recycled bags given as a goodwill gesture to bring hope. A great project for your group! Nominated for a Jefferson Award in 2019.

“When you walk in someone else’s shoes, when you hear their story, you gain a new perspective. 

This is why understanding works!”

Deb Bowen 
Understanding Works

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"I'm passing along the lessons from the Greatest Generation and others who have lived through hardship to future generations. Our subject's humility, sense of responsibility, and work ethic are inspiring. Having a student interview someone with a powerful story to tell is the greatest gift I can give them and those who will one day read their book." Deb Bowen