SOLAR PANELS lighting up the lives of children in remote Qinghai

Captivating Solar Panel Project has once again rolled out in Western China. This year 59 families living in high and cold environments benefited from receiving solar panels. Prior to the panels being installed, their supply of electricity was inconsistent and costly. Mornings mostly consisted of milking the yaks in the dark. Cooking, eating, reading and writing was either done in the dark or by candle light. But now – things are so different.

These solar panels provide many benefits for a family: children can study longer at night with good lighting without toxic fumes or straining eyes; families can conveniently boil water resulting in improved hydration and hygiene; women and children will now save several hours a week not having to collect so much wood/sticks to build fires to boil water or cook food; and it’s now safer for activities to happen after dark because of access to better light.

Gangsta Solar Panels 2015 (19)You can see in these photos the difference proper lighting makes. You might also notice that although there is sufficient light, the children are still used to having their eyes very close to the page to see – something that will now improve.  One comment from a mom said, “Tonight, when I turn on the light switch and cook dinner on my electric stove, I am grateful for stable electricity and for a bright environment for my children to learn and grow”.

Our thanks to the Shenzhen Captivating Annual Charity Auction for funding much of this project. Our thanks also to Rob and several other employees from APPLE who got behind this work. Rob, not only do we appreciate your financial support, but also your assistance is helping CAPTIVATING become an approved gift matching charity recipient of APPLE Inc.

If you would like to fund your very own project with Captivating, contact andrewc@captivating.org. He’d love to hear from you and has a long list of project possibilities aimed at bringing hope to children in need of your help. 

If you’re an Apple employee and would like to learn more about Captivating and our projects, we’d love to hear from you. 

CHINA | EVENTS

Thank you for making the 9th Annual CAPTIVATING Charity Auction a total SUCCESS!

Saturday, October 14 once again saw guests fill the grand ballroom of the Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen China in support of the Annual Captivating Charity Auction – an event run in partnership with the Shenzhen Charity Federation. The evening was amazing – possibly our best yet.




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

Fund a GREENHOUSE and keep kids in school

Life in rural Qinghai is hard. And the grinding poverty is deepest for single moms who are on their own, taking care of their children and often elderly parents as well.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM

You can help girls like Pema

Pema and her mother live in desperate poverty in rural Qinghai. And like thousands of other 13-year-old girls just like her, she is at risk of becoming pregnant as a teenager, exposed to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS or - even worse - one day, she might simply disappear.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Our PIGS for POVERTY program - A Special Kind of Wonderful

This mama and her piglet are a special kind of wonderful. They’re being raised by a single mom and her family in a tiny village in one of the remotest parts of rural Qinghai, where the winters are long and cold and grinding poverty is an ever-present reality.




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

Greenhouses are dotting remote Qinghai

Thanks to the ongoing and generous support of GPA Global, our 2017 aim of funding the construction of greenhouses for 200 families is well on the way. As of today, 96 families are already enjoying produce from their greenhouses (see pictures). A further 43 families will finish construction their greenhouses in a matter of weeks.




CHILD SPONSORSHIP | CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | PROJECT EDEN | SENG GIRLS VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL (SGVTS) | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Two years changes everything for Dechen Tso

This month [July 2017], three girls from Project Eden who have been studying at the School of Electronics and Technology of Dongguan, have finished all their school-based courses and will be starting a one-year internship after this summer on-track to graduate in June 2018. Through the Captivating Project Eden schooling program, we have been thrilled to see their growth and development over the years thanks to lots of hard work by them, as well as amazing support from the team at Project Eden. Our thanks also to their dedicated sponsors and supporters, and of course Dockpo and the SGVTS team where the girls first got their chance at a new life several years ago now. We hope you enjoy Dechen's story: