Excitement is building for 70 single moms ready to start their pig businesses

December 24th is the launch date of our next Pigs For Poverty program with 70 families (mostly single moms) starting their own piglet-breeding program. In fact, over the next 6 months in excess of 120 families will be recipients of this program thanks to support from individual pig donors throughout the world, the Shenzhen Captivating Charity Auction, and matching donation from Captivating’s Chairman, Dean Beveridge. After 12 months in this program, and assuming families stick to the program, they will start to see their incomes increase and poverty become history. Of course, this ultimately means their children will stay in school for longer. Great news.

Currently, families are being interviewed and assessed by our local coordinator and program implementer, Shamtse Charity. Training will then follow on how to run an efficient and effective business, sites prepared to ensure appropriate hygiene practices can be maintained, and relationships built with the local animal husbandry providers and veterinary clinics. Once everything is in order, these single moms will each receive 2 breeding piglets, quality feed to get them through the first growing period, vaccinations and ongoing instruction. The two breeding piglets they receive will mature over the next 9 – 12 months, before themselves becoming “moms”.  From that point on, each sow will be capable of producing 12 – 20 piglets a year – piglets that will be sold at market.

Our thanks to everyone who has got behind this program, a program that will ultimately ensure more stable futures for the children of these single moms. This brings her such huge relief – priceless.

CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

72 girls are back in school and progressing well - thank you sponsors!

72 girls from various remote village locations of Western China are now back in school (and doing well) thanks to generous sponsors and a wonderful support charity called SHAMTSE. Each one of these girls had already dropped prematurely from school due to varying situations with all of them mourning the end of their dream of a higher education. Well, dreams can still come true it would seem.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Girls Just Like Me

Getting a chance to visit and chat to the My First Job girls was such a special and rewarding experience for me. Hearing first hand stories of girls needing to leave school at grade 3 because of family needs, domestic abuse, being severely burnt by a stepfather and never wanting to show your face in public, coping with single motherhood living in tents on the grassland with no food to supply your children was heart breaking.




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

How to build a greenhouse

During the past year, 171 greenhouses were built throughout Western China. This is no easy task and so we thought we'd share with you the steps to building a greenhouse.




CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM

Tserang can now tell her daughter and grandchildren about health and hygiene

223 women have just received vital information about health and hygiene in remote Western China. Each woman also received medicine and hygiene products along with a medical checkup which, in some cases, was their very first medical checkup. This is one of ten locations where Captivating is supporting Qinghai registered Shamtse Charity implement the Captivating Healthy Village Program - a program that will bring health education and support to 3,500 women and their families.




CHINA | EVENTS

Captivating's Santa Run- Thank you and photos!

Captivating’s inaugural Santa Run was a truly festive spectacle. 342 runners and 65 volunteers, donned red shirts, hats and Santa suits to run or walk the 6km or 3km around the new Shenzhen Bay walkway. We were overwhelmed by the response from the community, from runners to volunteers, and it was truly enjoyed by participants and spectators alike!

133 Children then got to meet Santa and received gifts, kindly donated by Gold Sponsor ZURU, while listening to carols sung by the truly amazing Freedom:61. It was a wonderful way to start the holiday season.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | PROJECT EDEN

Work Experience Brings Confidence to Kalsang

by Kalsang

Time is like a river, flowing day and night, never stopping.  It flows quietly by us, and we slowly grow older and wiser. It’s like everything has changed, and yet our dreams of a better future never change.

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