In celebration of International Women's Day (March 8), we recognize Gladys and the many other women just like her who have amazing stories of endurance, empowerment, and hope. With the help of the Foster Family Loan's Program in Kenya, she has grown her small fire-wood business to sell second-hand clothes around the community. This is an important step for her to provide for herself and her new-found family.
A brand new future for a single mom with 3 children to support
Chogkyid beams as she tells us how grateful she is for this opportunity to learn a skill. “Cooking looks easy, but is quite hard. I especially need to learn to control the heat. It's very important in stir-frying. I've never cooked with vegetables before so this is an exciting time for me. In just a short few months, I have successfully learned to cook 22 different dishes. This is something I never thought I'd be able to do." When Chogkyid completes her training and internship, Shamtse [Captivating's in country partner] will help her secure her first job. She will be able to earn a good income, repay her debt and provide a bright future for herself and her children.
We partner with an energetic and committed team in the Philippines, The Honor 1000 Team, in the fight against trafficking and the growing rates of cybersex crime. Weekly sessions are conducted with elementary students to promote awareness and educate them of the various risks online. The alarming reality is that each week, 2 out of every 10 students share their personal experiences of online phishing, account racking, and deception.
Empowering women with confidence and skills in tailoring
In honor of International Women's Day, we would like to introduce you to Caidan. This talented lady is teaching tailoring skills to 30 women (mostly single moms) in the newest Captivating initiative the "Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women".
Sold into sex slavery: The 'Angels' rescuing Nepalese women
When border guards stopped her escape to India, Maheshwori Nepali was furious. "I felt very angry that they were holding me up and asking me so many questions," she says. Born into one of Nepal's lowest castes — the Dalits — she was seeking the promise of a better life over the border.
Dandur Tso comes from a family of 8 people. The family was in poverty and were not able to provide for their children. Dandur was accepted into the Seng Girls Vocational Training School in 2007. After six years of primary education, she was supported through a Medical school where she discovered her love of medicine. She is currently completing her internship in a hospital and will graduate in July 2019.
She was regularly beaten and sexually abused by her boyfriend. Many times he even tried to kill her. She lived in fear of him but didn't know of a way out. One particular day, the 3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) ‘Legal Counselling’ program was airing. The topic of discussion was about how to report and who to contact if they were being abused or victimized. After listening to the episode she called the radio station. She shared the things that were happening in her life. The 3ACR staff were concerned for her safety and asked her to come and talk with the lawyer who presents the 'Legal Counselling' program.