With Brave Wings She Flies

Sangje was born to a poor family. She was not able to go to school but had to ‘grow up’ quickly and take care of her injured father and the daily household chores while her mother had to go out and find some work.

Motso had to finish school in grade 4 and spent the next 11 years in a wheelchair, in and out of hospital. Her family spent all their money and incurred great debt. Motso defied all the doctors’ predictions and at 22 years of age, was finally able to walk again.

Sangje and Motso in their kitchen, using their new found skills.

Sangje and Motso applied for the Captivating My First Job Assistant Chef program and started their journey to a brighter future in 2016 and secured their very first full-time job in a restaurant as waitresses and assistants to the head chef.

Now independent young women, they dreamed of owning and running their very own restaurant. With careful planning and hard work, these young ladies dreams will come true in late September 2017.

“Everything has been like a dream to both of us,” explain the girls. “We never thought that we could become so confident before we attended the program.”

All it took was a sponsor to decide to support each of these girls.  It’s costs US$1,300 to fully fund a girl through a MY FIRST JOB program, including all support costs which continue for up to 2 years after the program has finished – just to be certain things are working ok. And, their world literally transforms within 12 months. These young women can finally spread their wings and fly. With determination, bravery and commitment to work hard – she flies to new opportunities.

Sangje and Motso in their new restaurant.

CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Pink, perky and perfect for a poverty free future

On December 24, 70 families (mostly single mother households) started to receive support to either start or expand their own pig business - a program that will progressively make poverty history for them and their children. This firmly placed "hope" on the horizon.

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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 | PIGS FOR POVERTY

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

Dec 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 100 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. Once progressed through it's first 1 year cycle, this program will transition all of these families well above the poverty line. Great news.




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.