230 students now excited to learn!

Break-time at school for the 230 students at Eastern Lakes Primary School in the Qinghai Province of China used to involve playing with stones, dust, mud and water. The teachers at the school worked hard to try and keep the students motivated to learn but they had little access to information and materials. These students found school to be boring with only a few students having second-hand books from others or their relatives that they would share around. This school needed a library where they could read books and expand their knowledge, engage in learning and become excited about wanting to learn more.

Eastern Lakes Library (7)In early March, thanks to funding from the 2015 Midnight Charity Race, together with partial support from the school itself, a beautiful and extensive library including quality shelving and a number of tables, was established at Eastern Lakes Primary School. Both the teachers and the students are very excited about this new learning centre and are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to  borrow books to read. Students are now interested in learning new things and are excited to read and advance their studies.

When asked about the impact this library has had on the school, one of the teachers said, “I am a Tibetan language teacher at the school and my students usually get very bored when I teach them grammar or sentence structures. Reading is very important as it widens your view as well as improves your reading and writing. I am letting the students read one book every week now so we can have a discussion for two hours every week. My students find it interesting and they are so active and energetic during weekly reading discussions.”

Eastern Lakes Library (8)We are pleased to see that it has had the IMMEDIATE result of widening students’ common knowledge through reading and value more time on improving themselves. It also encourages the students to share their thoughts and come up with their own ideas during conversation and class discussion. The teachers are also happy because the students now find learning to be fun. Thank you again to the 2015 Midnight Charity Race for making all this possible.

CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

A Thousand-Mile Trip

62 girls in our second cohort of Vocational School Scholarship Program graduates, completed their courses in July 2020. Most of these girls were only able to go to school up to grade 9, with many dropping out even earlier. The key reasons being financial difficulty, prejudice on the part of their parents not valuing education for girls, and varying family circumstances. Their dreams of a career and independence were gone. But thanks to the Vocational School Scholarship program, dreams are coming true again. Luma is one of our graduating girls and she shares her story.




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

New Journey for 30 Women

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CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

Perfect Example of What's Possible

Since the start of the year, Pigs for Poverty program has helped 54 families and are looking forward to helping 71 more families as the year continues. But another exciting news for us is that we have a very special lady joining us in this year's project as a trainer.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Dedicated Student and Role Model Mom

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EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Excellent Teacher in the Making

Tashi entered the Vocational School Scholarship Program in 2018, and took up Preschool Education as her chosen vocational study. Her family used to borrow money so she could study but it all became too difficult financially so she had to drop school in 2017 after she finished grade 8. She shares her experiences and dreams with us.




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

Living and Working with Gratitude

When Yedron learned about the Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, she was filled with so much hope and eagerness. She wanted to enter the program with the hopes of learning a new skill and start her own business at home.