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 | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

An Orphan's Life is About to Change

In August this year, 95 girls joined Captivating's Vocational School Scholarship program, bringing the total of girls in this 3 year program to 277. All these girls were found by our on-the-ground partner [Shamtse] to be out of school. Getting these girls back into school where they can learn a skill that will provide them with independence and job opportunities is important to us at Captivating. It's girls like Zhang who bring special meaning to this program.




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

Determination to Support Her Family

The year is about to come to end, but for the women in Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women, this will mark a new beginning. They are more than excited to graduate from the program and start a new chapter, equipped with their newly learned skills in making beautiful clothing. One of them is Degerjyid.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

A Mother's Sustainable Efforts to Send Her Children to School

"I always firmly believe that education can change the future, so it's important to me to send my children to school no matter how hard or tired I am. I didn't have the opportunity to get an education. Because of this, I haven't had a stable source of income, but I have to stick whatever I can for the sake of my children. Fortunately, with your encouragement and help, I have hope in my life."




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

Diligent Mum Now with Stable Employment

When she first joined the My First Job Assistant Chef Program, she was nervous and worried that she would slow down the class' progress because other women may already be more skilled than her. Dongzhikyid doubled her efforts, working diligently everyday on the assignments the teacher gave them, and was able to keep up with everyone else.




CHILD SPONSORSHIP | CHINA | EVENTS | SHENZHEN

We are Thrilled. Shenzhen, You are Amazing!

On behalf of the Shenzhen Charity Federation, thank you so much for being a part of our 12th year, last Saturday, October 17th, 2020.  And, once again, our thanks to the wonderful team at the Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen.

Together, as a result of the generosity of everyone who attended, 1,000 lives (single moms, young women, and their children) will one day look back on 2020 as a turnaround year for them. A year of new beginnings and fortune.




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.