The “My First Job Program” has changed my life

The land is very barren where Wango lives. The main crop is wheat and so the everyday food is simple and made by flour. A rare and luxurious breakfast is to put meat, salt, water, and flour together to steam. Only a few vegetable grow there, mostly potatoes and radishes. Wango already knew how to cook steamed bread and buns however she had  no idea how to cook with different vegetables, various spices and the many Chinese greens.

According to the teacher, Wango is the best student in the My First Job Assistant Chef program. She is a fast leaner and all the food she cook is always delicious. Wango takes the My First Job classes seriously and works really hard to learn everything she possibly could. It takes her 1 hour by motorcycle from her home to attend class everyday.

She never had the opportunity to go to school and is illiterate. She got married and had a child while still in her teenage years. Now a widow, and still very young, she is determined to be able to send her son to school. Her dream is to open her own restaurant one day. Being part of the My First Job Assistant Chef program has changed Wango’s life and her son’s future.

Thank you to ZURU for funding 50% of this skill building program. 

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CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

The opportunity to go back to school

Drugmo is 22 years old and lives with her grandmother. She comes from a nomadic rural area and attended the Healthy Village Project in December 2018.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

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.




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

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".




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | SENG GIRLS VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL (SGVTS)

Medical Internship

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.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

10 piglets and 1 very happy Mom

This mom in Qinghai, China, is very happy and busy. Thanks to the Pigs for Poverty Project, she now has 10 piglets to take care of and sell. Before receiving two sows, she had very limited income opportunities for her family. Now, everything is different. "I am expecting an income of around 10 thousand RMB for the coming year. Thank you very much for helping us. We are very grateful. Pigs keep us very busy but they are increasing our family income. I am so happy to raise them. With this extra income, my children's education will be able to continue. I will be always grateful."




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

"Hats off" to our awesome 2018 greenhouse supervisor

Mr Tredan [wearing the cowboy hat in the photo below] is the main supervisor for our current greenhouse construction program. He is a shy man but strongly believes in this program as an excellent way to significantly improve the livelihood of impoverished single moms in Qinghai, China. He was our key in the success of our 2017 Greenhouse Project and we have been grateful he was willing and happy to help out again during the 2018 project - a program that has brought hope to 131 families this past year. It was dusty work but the results were exciting as each Greenhouse started to take shape.