One Year On and Thriving

In July 2019, 120 women joined the My First Job Assistant Chef Program. 91 of these women are still employed and earning a stable income. Among them is Sonam, who is now thriving in the restaurant where she works. Here is her story.

My name is Sonam. As a little girl, I only went to school for two years. My family are Nomads and so schooling was not important and my parents couldn’t afford to send me even if they wanted to.

Now, I am married and have three children. I have experienced how difficult it is to find work with no education and I don’t want that for my children. I want to be able to send them to finish school and go on to further education. We are Nomads and work hard to try and earn enough from our pastoral area but it was never enough.

I joined the My First Job program in 2019 and learned so much. I didn’t even know there was such an art to cooking.

After my graduation, I carried out my internship in a local restaurant. I am very proud to say that I am still working in the same restaurant as an assistant chef. I handle the busy kitchen processes well and I’m now very confident in the kitchen. I enjoy making the customers’ meals to order and presenting it on the plate. The customers always enjoy my cooking. This has changed my whole world. I am now a confident woman with a successful career. Thank you for giving me this gift.

We are expecting 53 more women to conclude their internships in March/April 2021. Like Sonam, we are excited for them to find stable employment or start their own cooking business. Thank you to Zuru for funding half of this program.

LET US HELP MORE WOMEN

Over the next few months, our plan is to add 120 more women to train under this program. USD 480 (3,200 RMB) is all it takes to literally transform a woman’s life. Click on the links below to know more about the program and how you can help, or contact us directly at info@captivating.org

  

Our Partners

 

CHILD SPONSORSHIP | CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Giving Back to the Person who Raised Her

Puyuxia, 19, comes from a rural area. She lives with her grandfather who raised her by himself ever since she was a little girl. Puyuxia's father died in an accident while her mother left them in search of a better life.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Finding Financial Stability and Quality Time Together

Lumo lives with her parents and her 10-year-old son. She divorced her husband when their son was just eight years old, and continues raising her son alone while also looking after her elderly parents. Without a stable and regular source of income, Lumo struggles to find ways to cover for her family's needs.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Genjyid's Quality Garments

Genjyid's parents died when she was a little girl and so she missed the opportunity to go to school. She and her sister took care of each other. She now lives with her daughter who has just started kindergarten. She wants to give her a better life than she had but has little job opportunities. When she joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, her life changed.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Orphan's Life is About to Change

In August this year, 95 girls joined Captivating's Vocational School Scholarship program, bringing the total of girls in this 3 year program to 277. All these girls were found by our on-the-ground partner [Shamtse] to be out of school. Getting these girls back into school where they can learn a skill that will provide them with independence and job opportunities is important to us at Captivating. It's girls like Zhang who bring special meaning to this program.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Determination to Support Her Family

The year is about to come to end, but for the women in Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, this will mark a new beginning. They are more than excited to graduate from the program and start a new chapter, equipped with their newly learned skills in making beautiful clothing. One of them is Degerjyid.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

A Mother's Sustainable Efforts to Send Her Children to School

"I always firmly believe that education can change the future, so it's important to me to send my children to school no matter how hard or tired I am. I didn't have the opportunity to get an education. Because of this, I haven't had a stable source of income, but I have to stick whatever I can for the sake of my children. Fortunately, with your encouragement and help, I have hope in my life."