Opportunity to Change the Future for My Family

“I grew up in a pastoral area since I was little. I had to drop school after I finished grade 6 due to my family’s situation. My family depended on income from digging Cordyceps (caterpillar fungus) and doing short-term labor work. My husband and I have 2 children and my dream is for them to finish their schooling and to be able to go to university to study and have a good career.”

“In my uneducated state, it is difficult to find a place to work to earn sufficient money. Clothes are needed by each of us. Learning how to sew Tibetan and Mongolian clothes, and sell them is something that I knew I had to learn about. I joined the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills for Women Program in July 2019. This was my opportunity to change the future for my family.”

“In just over a month, with the help of my teacher, I was able to complete four shirts and a Tibetan dress. The teacher helped me cut out a shirt when I first started, and after four months, I can now do it by myself. I was clumsy at first but now I have mastered the skill of tailoring. I operate the sewing machine over and over again.”

“Learning Mongolian clothing is much more difficult than Tibetan clothing. There are 24 of us in the training program and in just four months of study time, most of us learned to make Tibetan and Mongolian clothing, as well as various shirts.”

“My exciting news is that I am an intern in a private custom clothing store. I know I will learn even more here. After the internship, my dream is to open a Tibetan clothing store and make money. I am very fortunate to be able to participate in this training. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen for me and the other women in my class.”

Our thanks to Husky Energy for fully funding this wonderful program, bringing hope and a future for women with very few opportunities. 

Our Partners




Tailoring Skills Training Providing Steady Income

Dechin's father was a self-taught tailor. It was through making clothes that her father got them through some of the most difficult times in their lives. One of which was when her mother had a back surgery. However, the monthly medication afterwards was too costly and their earnings were barely enough.


Passing on Good Health Practices

235 villagers including 96 women came out to the My Health, My Family, Our Safety project in their village. The team of doctors and nurses spent time with the villagers and explained good health practices and provided medical checks for those who needed them. Many women in thie community have never been to see a doctor mostly due to the remoteness of the region. It is a long and tiring trip to a medical centre.


Gaining Experience and Making Memories

Sonam is part of the Vocational School Scholarship Program (VSS). One of the best things about the VSS project, aside from giving these girls the opportunity for their dreams to come true, is that they also gain experiences in extracurricular activities and make memories they will remember for a long time. Sonam shares her experience with us.


Bringing Health Information to 228 Villagers

During the My Health, My Family, Our Safety awareness program, Gazangji received a consultation with the doctor. She could hardly express how much the health training and information meant to her. She was grateful for the opportunity to learn about disease prevention and how she can manage her health better. And this is the best part - she is excited to convey what she learned to her family and friends. Projects like this are successful when the participant start conversations about what they have learned. 


Have a CAPTIVATING Christmas

From all of us at CAPTIVATING - our board, employees, partners and volunteers - we wish you the best of the festive season ahead and a wonderful Christmas and New Year. 2019 has been an amazing year of impact thanks to an amazing combination of generous supporters and wonderful grassroots program partners.


A Well-Informed Community is a Healthy and Safe Community

The 2019 My Health, My Family, Our Safety Project has begun in remote locations in Western China. A local doctor and a team of health professionals, coordinated by our partner Shamtse, will visit 10 different communities as part of this project. The team attended to the health needs of 258 community members (mostly females) on their first stop, including Zhongjia, a widow and single mom, from one of the villages.